Active Shooter Preparedness Program Updated

ArticleLast updated Thursday, June 3, 2021
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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, as the Nation’s risk advisor, encourages the critical infrastructure community to prepare for active shooter incidents, especially given recent increases in gun-related violence.

Seasonal patterns in criminal activity show that violence involving weapons tends to increase in the summer and fall months. More people gathering in public places in warmer weather over longer daylight hours likely contributes to these patterns. The lifting of COVID-19 restrictions across the nation and the heightened threat environment across the United States may exacerbate these trends even further this year.

CISA offers a multitude of online resources, virtual and in-person training opportunities, and direct assistance as part of its comprehensive Active Shooter Preparedness Program to support public safety agencies’ capacity-building efforts to prepare for, mitigate and respond to active shooter incidents. The program includes:

Additionally, CISA just released the 2021 edition of a comprehensive resource, Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide. This document outlines new policy requirements for all nonmilitary federal facilities within in the Executive Branch of the government and provides guidance for all who might be involved, including law enforcement agencies, facility tenants and the public. While not a policy requirement for state, local, tribal, and territorial agencies, these agencies may also benefit from this planning guidance.

For additional information regarding the Active Shooter Preparedness Program and Active Shooter Preparedness Workshops, contact  For information regarding an upcoming webinar for your area or to connect with your local Protective Security Advisor, contact


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