Tools to Surviving an Active Shooter

Profile of an Active Shooter

  • An active shooter is an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.
  • Active shooters often use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
  • Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
  • Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.
  • Because most active shooter incidents often last only 10 to 15 minutes, how you respond to the situation before law enforcement personnel arrive may help save your life.'


At UC Irvine, we believe in hoping for the best, but also preparing for the worst. Although it is critical we give advanced thought on how to respond to an 'active shooter' event, the prevention of it occurring is always the best possible scenario.

If you hear or see something that may lead to an active shooter or otherwise violent situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately to alert the police.


What To Do

When Law Enforcement Arrive

When Calling 9-1-1

Sign-Up for zotALERT

Presentation Request

The UCI Police Department offers a 45 minute interactive presentation workshop on 'Active Shooter' incidents.

Tailored for faculty, staff, and students, the presentations are designed to provide additional information on these types of incidents.

For more information or to request a presentation, please call (949) 824-1885