Responding to an Active Shooter

In light of the recent shooting at the concert in Las Vegas, Nevada and related incidents that have occurred at public events, workplaces, schools and churches throughout the country, it is important to be aware of and prepared for an active shooter incident.  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has an online resource, Active Shooter Preparedness that provides downloadable booklets, pamphlets, pocket cards and posters on how to be prepared for this type of incident.  The information contained on the website is designed for private citizens, human resources or security professionals, first responders and Active Shooter workshop participants.  The resources on this site are also available in the following languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Urdu.

Another helpful resource available from the Department of Homeland Security is the video, Options for Consideration, Active Shooter Preparedness  The video demonstrates possible actions individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter scenario and discusses the options of running, hiding or (as a last resort) fighting the shooter.

For more information, contact the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528,,

The information contained in this report was obtained from sources which to the best of the writer’s knowledge are authentic and reliable.  Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. makes no guarantee of results, and assumes no liability in connection with either the information herein contained, or the safety suggestions herein made.  Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedures.