Active Shooter Preparedness

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In many cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Individuals can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. The resources below provide guidance to physicians, hospitals and employees to prepare and respond to an active shooter situation.

Department of Homeland Security
This Department of Homeland Security page aims to enhance preparedness to a broad range of stakeholders on issues such as active shooter awareness, incident response, and workplace violence. DHS offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare for an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters.

Information for Healthcare Professionals and Facilities



Additional Resources

  • FBI Active Shooter Incidents 
  • Active Shooter Pocket Card
  • If You See Something, Say Something
    If You See Something, Say Something™ is a national campaign that raises public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.
  • Stop the Bleed
    Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. 

Disclaimer:  This is a listing of active shooter information and resources available for physicians, healthcare facilities and the public. This listing is not inclusive of all available information and MMS is not endorsing or recommending a specific resource. 

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