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(s) 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.
Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. To access the most applicable information, please select one of the provided categories.
This session will guide you through a variety of topics that will help you prepare and respond to an active shooter situation on campus. By the time the session is over, you should be able to describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials, know actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents, understand how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident, and recognize potential violence indicators on your campus. Note that this training session is intended to provide guidance to enhance safety, but not all recommendations provided here will be applicable to every college campus. It’s important to adjust your actions to the specific safety policies of your school. Duration: 30 minutes.