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The Department of Homeland Security aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing  products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. describes what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event, how to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place.

Active Shooter Training Video Course to encourage education and training and provide people the tools they can use to be prepared for and respond and react to active shooter situations. There is no fee for this content, and it can be accessed by everyone.

Active Shooter Preparedness Online Training Free for everybody. Built with the assistance of national subject matter experts from the law enforcement community, this free online course is intended for any audience, at work, at home, in school.

The FBI provides operational, behaviorally-based threat assessment and threat management services to help detect and prevent acts of targeted violence, helping academic, mental health, business, community, law enforcement, and government entities recognize and disrupt potential active shooters. 

The following resources are guides for developing high-quality emergency operations plans for schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship. They are customized to each type of community to align their emergency planning practices with those at the national, state, and local levels.

Every year, nearly 300 children age 17 and under gain access to a gun and unintentionally shoot themselves or someone else, and nearly 500 more die by suicide with a gun. Many of these deaths are entirely preventable with responsible gun storage. We know we can keep our kids safer by introducing these five easy steps to parenting and everyday life: S.M.A.R.T.

The FEMA program Until Help Arrives has trainings that can be taken online or in-person, where participants learn to take action and, through simple steps and interventions, potentially can save a life before professional help arrives.

SAMHSA: Mass Violence and Behavioral Health Resources focuses on how mass violence affects the behavioral health of adult and young (child and adolescent) survivors or witnesses of a mass violence incident. This document discuss the phases of response experienced by survivors, as well as immediate and long-term reactions among adults and children and youth.

Our DHS colleague, Daniel Rivera has been leading efforts for the DHS Active Assailant Program and has developed many of the great tools we shared. Daniel recommends everyone stay connected via
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