Lately, more people are taking steps to prepare for the possibility of dealing with an active shooter. Sorry to say, incidents of lone wolf actors/terrorists seem to be proliferating.
The Dept. of Homeland Security and other official sources have provided some video and other guidance. Some examples:
- U.S. Dept of Homeland Security maintains this website for Active Shooter Preparedness.
- List of videos on Active Shooter and many other topics at DRC-Group website.
- Dept. of Homeland Security, Dec. 2015. Latest list of resources.
- Yale University’s Active Shooter Video. Dec. 2015.
- Video titled Run, Hide, Fight, which was done by the City of Houston
- FEMA Course: IS-907: Active Shooter; What you can do.
- FEMA, 13- page brochure titled Active Shooter; How to Respond.
See also these resources:
- NDIN. Active Shooter in a House of Worship – Tip Sheet
- NYPD, 210-page document: Active Shooter Recommendation
- From the JCRC in New York, Active Shooter Resources
See this account in the Homeland Security Digital Library on recent reports dealing with Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response
Important resources in light of the recent, tragic shootings in Charleston and after the shootings at the Oak Creek Sikh temple in 2012. Another important area to consider for houses of worship when developing preparedness/response/recovery plans in the event of an active shooter is for mental health. Such incidents have a high likelihood of resulting in distress, trauma, and other mental health concerns among those affected (including loved ones, first responders, the entire faith community even if they weren’t present at the time of the incident, and others within the same faith across the country, as such incidents targeting ‘their own’ can trigger strong feelings of vicarious distress). The Disaster Distress Helpline is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and offers 24/7 confidential emotional support throughout all phases of natural and human-caused disasters. For more information about distress risk factors, warning signs, and resources for coping following incidents of mass violence, visit http://1.usa.gov/10YhawE
Thanks for sharing that information. I have given your site a plug on my other blog, RecoveryDiva.com