Active Shooter Informational Resources
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, 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 active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes--before law enforcement arrives on the scene--individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. The following resources provide information of preparing for such an incident and what to do if confronted with an active shooter.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Resources
• Webinar--In September 2011, DHS hosted the Active Shooter Awareness Virtual Roundtable, a Webinar designed to help private and public sector partners understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan and the need to train employees on how to respond if confronted with an active shooter. An archived version of the Webinar, which includes presentations from a former police officer and a behavioral psychologist, as well as a video produced with assistance from the Federal Protective Service, can be viewed on demand at www.dhs.gov/files/programs/gc_1231165582452.shtm
Federal Emergency Management Agency Independent Study Class
U.S. Secret Service Report
Texas A & M University Online Course
School Safety in Illinois