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How to Respond to an Active Shooter

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released this video: Responding To An Active Shooter Crisis Situation.

DHS has also published the booklet Active Shooter: How to Respond – Profile of an Active Shooter – An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.”

The booklet continues with advice on individual responses including evacuation and hiding out, as well as guidance on training your staff on how to prepare and respond. An array of other training resources is available through DHS, including the Active Shooter Webinar, a 90-minute Webinar that helps the private and public sector understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan and the need to train employees on how to respond if confronted with an active shooter. The presentation describes the three types of active shooters—workplace/school, criminal, and ideological—and how their planning cycles and behaviors differ.

A number of other indepth training and education resources are available through DHS:
https://www.dhs.gov/human-resources-or-security-professional.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has produced a video (Surviving an Active Shooter – WARNING HIGHLY GRAPHIC) portraying a number of different types of active shooter scenarios and how to protect yourself and those around you. The portrayals are very realistic and demonstrate the best actions to take in different situations.

As the LACSD video states, “Even though the number of Active Shooter events has been increasing, your odds of being involved in one are still very slim. But just like fire drills and earthquake preparedness, making a plan in advance can make all the difference.” We hope you never need to utilize this information, but want you to be prepared for any possible “What if…” scenarios.

THEATRE/VENUE LIGHTING OPERATORS DISCUSS IF LIGHTING CHOICES CAN SAVE LIVES
PBS’ NewsHour explores the role of house and emergency lighting during an active emergency. “During performances in theaters and concert halls, lighting staff members are often situated on an elevated platform at an ideal vantage point to see that something is wrong before anyone else. Now, they’re wondering: in an active shooter situation, could their tools help curb a disaster?” Though there are no easy answers, it’s important that the field is discussing and weighing this element of staff and patron safety.

Author

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes

Created

11/16/15

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Tags

active shooter, terror, gun, shoot

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