The university community is encouraged to become familiar with how to respond to an “active shooter,” should such an event ever occur.
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, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
As active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, all employees should learn how to help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations.
A self-paced, independent study course titled “Active Shooter, What You Can Do” (IS-907) is offered through the Department of Homeland Security. This course will provide guidance on how to prepare for and respond to an active shooter crisis. The course is free of charge and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
This online training opportunity is available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute’s website. The EMI will award 0.1 CEUs for completion of this course.
After the tragic mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the City of
Houston, Texas, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security
released a video on surviving a shooter event. The video details the
key steps individuals should take when encountering an active shooter:
“Run. Hide. Fight.” This is titled for the three rules individuals
should be aware of in order to increase the chances of safety and
survival. Watch the video here:
When faced with an active shooter, evaluate the situation and: