Active Shooter Response Resources and Training Websites
Active shooter response resources and training websites (Source: DHS)
Active shooter incidents are not going away. They can and do happen without any notice or indication. Being prepared as a community will help keep people alive and improve overall response. The time to train, practice and prepare for an active shooter is before an incident happens. This applies not just to first responders but to everyone in the community.
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Active Shooter Preparedness website divides resources up by category: First Responder; Human Resources or Security Professional; Private Citizen; and Active Shooter Workshop Participant. Each category provides information tailored to that group. This site is updated regularly.
The Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Independent Study program offers the online course “Active Shooter: What You Can Do.” One of the most accessed offerings in the Independent Study program, it has over 100,000 completions so far in 2018. The intended audience is non-law enforcement students; in fact, a large number of people who work in business or at schools take this course.
Local jurisdictions are encouraged to share the EMI active shooter course and DHS resources page with their communities. Most active shooters happen in businesses and workplaces, but schools, government buildings and houses of worship are also targets. Being prepared as a community will help keep people alive and improve overall response.