Department of Emergency Management


Key Campus Contacts

Emergency: 911
University Police
Non-Emergencies: 805-756-2281

Information Sources

Cal Poly Emergency Information Call Center*


Emergency Alert System*

920 AM, 1400 AM, 98.1 FM, 1610 AM (Cal Poly)


* only activated during emergencies

Additional Information

Content is Maintained by Department of Emergency Management

Phone: 805-756-6658

Active Shooter



RUN: Run when it's Safe to run.

If there is an escape path, try to get out to a place of safety as fast as possible. Leave swiftly whether others agree to or not.

  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Help others escape if possible.
  • Prevent anyone approaching from entering the area.
  • Call 9-1-1 when you are safe.

HIDE: Hide where it's safe to hide.

If an evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide.

  • Lock and blockade the door.
  • Silence your cell phone.
  • Hide behind large objects.
  • Remain very quiet.

FIGHT: Fight if you or others around you have no other options.

As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:

  • Try to incapacitate the shooter, if possible, act in concert with other potential victims.
  • Act with great physical aggression.
  • Use Improvised weapons. Throw heavy objects.
  • Commit to your actions. Do not hold back.
  • If in a group attack together and overwhelm the shooter with numbers.

* Law enforcement personnel are there to first STOP the shooter, not to evacuate or assist the injured. Follow their instructions quickly and quietly. Stay calm

For more information, see these videos about response plans for an Active Shooter: