Active Shooter Preparedness Resources

The following is a collection of resources pertaining to active shooter preparedness - some of which are specific to healthcare facilities:

ACTIVE SHOOTER: How to Respond
This short, printable PDF is from the US Department of Homeland Security.  It includes information on prevention of, staff training for, emergency planning for, response to, and recovery from an active shooter event.

Healthcare Run, Hide, Fight Training Video
This 10 minute video produced by Ready Houston Coalition instructs healthcare staff on the Run, Hide, Fight protocol.

Department of Homeland Security Active Shooter Preparedness Videos

  • Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan:  This 90 minute dynamic video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an emergency action plan for an active shooter scenario. It guides viewers through important considerations of a plan development by utilizing first-hand perspectives of survivors, first responders, and subject matter experts similar to the workshops.
  • Action Shooter Emergency Action Plan Trailer:  This one minute video provides a brief overview of the components of the Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan video.
  • Options for Consideration: (Replaces the previously available video.) This seven-minute video demonstrates possible actions individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter. It provides updated information that includes considerations for individuals with disabilities and incorporation of technology into security practices.

Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting
This 115-page guide is the most comprehensive document for active shooter planning and response for healthcare settings.  If you can only read one document on this subject, this is the one to choose.

Incorporating Active Shooter Incident Planning into Healthcare Facility Emergency Operations Plans
This comprehensive, 32 page guide was produced by DHHS, ASPR, DOJ, DHS, and FEMA.  It covers all aspects of the emergency planning process for active shooter incidents and includes information on Threat Assessment Teams and HIPAA concerns.

LTC Shots Fired Situation Manual
The SitMan for an LTC exercise conducted in New Jersey in January of 2013.  This is a great resource for thinking through an active shooter scenario.  It would be valuable for planning a table-top exercise or drill in a healthcare facility.  The AAR from the exercise in 2013 is here.

Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide
Due to the nature of an active shooter event, this document contains guidance for all who might be involved, including law enforcement agencies, facility tenants, and the public. It contains a set of best practices and recommendations to assist with implementing the active shooter policy.