Active Shooter Resource Page
This resource page was created to assist everyone in preparing their workplaces, or other gathering places, for an Active Shooter event. By recognizing signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place, we can all be better prepared! Remember during an active shooting to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Please share any additional resources that we can add to our Active Shooter page.
Is Your Company Prepared for an Active Shooter Event?
Do you know what to do if an active shooter should arrive at your workplace? Do your employees know how to stay safe? Training and practice are critical in being prepared for nearly any crisis situation. You have plans in place and practice drills for what to do in the case of fire and tornados. An active shooter event is another crisis for which employers should also prepare. Most schools now conduct training and drills to prepare children and staff for what to do if an armed intruder should enter the building; companies should also prepare their employees for what to do in the event of an intruder or active shooter arriving on-site.
Protect Your Employees: Protect Your Liability
There could be various laws and government agencies that can come into play when addressing a workplace violence incident, depending on your location and industry. At a minimum, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will likely be involved. The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) requires employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace for all workers covered by the OSH Act. Employers who do not take reasonable steps to prevent or abate a recognized violence hazard in the workplace can be cited and fined. How OSHA determines “reasonable” steps is subjective and determined on a case-by-case basis. Your company may already be required to have an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). Some legal experts strongly recommend that your plan include how to handle active shooter situations.
Training: How to Prepare for an Active Shooter in the Workplace
Having a plan and knowing how to implement it will increase the chance of keeping your employees safe in the event of an active shooter situation. strategic HR inc. has two well-trained experts in the areas of law enforcement, public safety, and military operations who created our “How to Prepare for an Active Shooter in the Workplace” training program. Our experts will customize the training based on your company’s individualized needs and location(s). Rest assured that our objective is not to invoke fear, but rather to empower your employees with the tools they will need to handle this type of crisis.
IS-907 Active Shooter: What Can You Do? http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-907
This is free training. The course is interactive and students are able to get a certificate of completion after taking a short exam. The material is validated training and it is based on current best practices across the nation.
Other training offered by FEMA in this Independent Study format include:
- IS-36: Multihazard Planning for Childcare http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-36
- IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-360
- IS-362.a: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-362.a
We highly recommend the FBI’s "run, fight, hide" video below.
- RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event - English (video)
- How to Prepare for an Active Shooter Incident (PDF)
- Active Shooter Booklet (PDF)
- Active Shooter Pamphlet (PDF)
- Active Shooter Poster (PDF)
- Active Shooter Poster (Spanish) (PDF)
- Active Shooter Pocket Card (PDF)
- Active Shooter Pocket Card (Spanish) (PDF)
- Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide (PDF)
- FEMA’s Independent Study course: What you can do (link)
- Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness (link)
- Active Shooter Training provided by Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) (link)
- Conducting Security Assessments: A Guide for Schools and Houses of Worship Webinar (link)
- Ready Navy active shooter(link)
- Active Shooter | Ready.gov (link)
- California State Releases Active Shooter Safety Training Video (video)
- Active Shooter - Avoidance and Awareness (PPT)