This session will guide you through a variety of topics that will help you prepare and respond to an active shooter situation on school grounds. 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 school grounds. Note that this training session is intended to provide guidance to enhance safety, but not all recommendations provided here will be applicable to every school. It’s important to adjust your actions to the specific safety policies of your school.
Why “Active Shooter on School Grounds—What Every Employee Should Do” Matters:
- Preparation is the best tool to keeping you safe along with potentially saving the lives of others. Past tragedies have taught us this fact.
- According to the FBI, there is a disturbing rise in the number of active shooter incidents across America. The data show the number of active shooter events in the United States has tripled in recent years. Most incidents go largely unnoticed outside of their immediate community.
- Reacting quickly to an active shooter is critical if you are ever in that unfortunate situation.
- Knowing the proper course of action to take for an active shooter will help you stay less frazzled during the event, enhancing correct decision making.
- Learning to properly evacuate the school buildings you work in, including locating emergency exits, will help you in all emergency situations.
- Preparing for a shooting event should help train you to look for warning signs in an individual’s behavior that may help prevent a shooting event from occurring.
- Active shooter incidents in schools are becoming more frequent.
- All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations.
- Act quickly, but try to remain calm. Being well prepared will speed your reaction time and keep your thoughts organized.
- Be prepared for the worst. Avoid the “it can never happen to me” mindset when dealing with a potential active shooter. Use an “it can happen to me” mindset.
- Know how to spot disturbing warning signs in an individual’s behavior and actions.