Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


Surviving an Active Shooter // LASD



Active Shooter events / / like those in Aurora, Colorado, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Virginia Tech, and others / / are occurring with increasing frequency throughout the United States.

Although the odds of being involved in such an event are low, the sudden, catastrophic nature of these attacks requires that individuals, schools, workplaces, and public areas think in advance about how to respond.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has created this video, Surviving an Active Shooter, to help people answer the question "What would you do?"

  • If you have to immediately exit a location, how can you do so safely?
  • If you cannot get outside and away from the threat, how can you secure yourself and those with you against attack?
  • If you must confront your attacker, how can you do it in a way that gives you the best chance of success?

On this site you can download transcripts of the video to use in your own training applications, or request a copy of the video using the LASD Contact Form. You can also find links to materials produced by other agencies that will help you develop an action and emergency response plan.



/ / More information on developing an Active Shooter response plan

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Department of Homeland Security

/ / More information on Emergency and Workplace Preparedness

American Red Cross

Occupational Safety and Health Administration