Active Shooter Resources - Gun Firing

Active shooter preparedness isn’t on anyone’s list of pleasant reading topics. And yet, failing to plan adequately can enable irreparable harm to people and organizations.

In light of the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, we’ll keep this post simple, just linking to reputable active shooter resources for organizations and individuals seeking to implement or improve their active shooter preparedness:


Guidance for HR or Security Professionals
Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Video: Options for Consideration in Active Shooter Preparedness (8 min)
Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Schools and Places of Worship

Guide for Preventing and Responding to School Violence
Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance and International Association of Chiefs of Police

Emergency Plans for Houses of Worship (webinar replay)
Source: Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) 

Talking to Children About the Shooting
Source: National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Healthcare Facilities

Active shooter preparedness guidelines differ considerably for healthcare facilities. We’ve written more about that here, and you can access these other healthcare-specific guides:

Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting
Source: FBI, International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs (IAEMSC) 

Active Shooter Video Training (11 min)
Source: MESH Coalition


Run. Hide. Fight. Video (6 min)

Pocket Card: English | Spanish
Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Prep & Response Guide
Source: FEMA

Recovering from an Active Shooter Incident

Active Shooter Recovery Guide
Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security 

Recovery Fact/Checklist
Source: U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Business Continuity Planning
Source:, DHS, FEMA

Our sincere condolences to those affected by the tragedy in Las Vegas, or any such incidents. As your crisis preparedness strategy comes together, we hope you’ll never have to test it in a real-life scenario.


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