Workplace Violence: Active Shooter Preparedness

By November 14, 2016 No Comments


DHS has developed an independent study course, “Active Shooter: What You Can Do,” providing guidance on how to prepare for and respond to incidents, including:

  • The actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and to assist responding law enforcement officials.
  • Recognizing potential workplace violence indicators.
  • Actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
  • How to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

A 90-minute webinar focusing on the importance of developing an emergency response plan and training employees on how to respond if confronted with an active shooter describes planning cycles and behaviors of three types of active shooters–workplace/school, criminal, and ideological.

Active Shooter workshops feature facilitated discussions to engage private sector professionals and law enforcement representatives from Federal, State, and local agencies.  Participants evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities for coordinated responses to incidents.

There are materials to assist businesses, government offices, and schools in preparing for and responding to an active shooter, covered issues include:

  • Profile of an active shooter.
  • Responding to an active shooter or other workplace violence situation.
  • Training for an active shooter situation and creating an emergency action plan.
  • Tips for recognizing signs of potential workplace violence.

The video “Options for Consideration” demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with an active shooter scenario and how to assist authorities once law enforcement enters the scene. To view the webpage, click here.

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