Emergency Services Sector Active Shooter GuideArticleLast updated Monday, June 8, 2020
No community is immune, as the recently released Emergency Services Sector Active Shooter Guide points out. Produced by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Emergency Services Sector Specific Agency, the tri-fold guide walks first responder departments through the four-step process of developing an active shooter program:
Awareness. Maintain a sense of organizational awareness of this issue and know where you can find resources (FBI, DHS, etc.).
Training. Improve local active shooter planning and preparedness through no-cost online training. The guide provides links to some training.
Community Outreach. Make collaborative networks within your community. Not only will this help during an actual incident, but people are more likely to report suspicious activity to a friendly face within the public safety community.
Exercise Coordination. Exercises can identify training and planning gaps, and they are an excellent opportunity to build the three previous bullet points.
Active Shooter Incidents in the US in 2019
This report published by the DOJ/FBI provides information on the 2019 active shooter incidents in the US
NFPA 3000 (PS) Standard for Active Shooter-Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program
Nationwide and around the globe, communities are facing an increasing number of tragedies involving active shooter and/or hostile events. The need for an integrated preparedness, response, and recovery program is greater than ever before.
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