active shooter

  • Is your organization prepared for an active shooter?

    In recent years, the active shooter threat has become more of a reality. Between 2014 and 2015, according to the FBI, the United States experienced nearly six times as many active shooter events as during the period between 2000 and 2001. Is your organization fully prepared to respond to an active shooter?

    ActiveLearn to how prepare and what to do:

    Surviving an active shooter event
    Active Shooter – what do do to prepare and during a crisis
    Active Shooter
    Get Tips on Protecting Your Place of Business
    Active Shooter: What You Can Do
    RUN. HIDE. FIGHT Video

    If someone is injured:
    Stop the Bleed Campaign
    Bleeding, Cuts, and Scrapes
    Bleeding Control
    What should be in your bleeding control kit?


  • Get Tips on Protecting Your Place of Business

    Businesses are at risk from all types of disaster - from natural calamities to terrorism and active shooter events.

    ?    Is your Business Prepared?
    ?    Tools for a Disaster Prepared Business
    ?    Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster

    Recent attacks in office buildings and other public places by assailants armed with deadly weapons have heightened the necessity for an increased focus on security as a vital aspect of business continuity.

    Active-ShooterA crisis unfolding at or near your workplace could put your staff, customers and passersby in danger. And there are many scenarios to consider as reminders of your vulnerability to physical threats. But with careful planning and well-orchestrated drills, your office can be prepared for emergencies by knowing where and how to take shelter inside your building or evacuate efficiently, quickly, and safely.

    Join Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration Wednesday, August 10, for a live online discussion on how to develop both shelter-in place and evacuation plans. Tips will also be shared on how to conduct drills that will protect the safety of your staff, clients, and the community where you do business.

    The SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies at its “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access past webinars and to download disaster preparedness checklists.Disaster-Survival-Preparedness

    The SBA provides disaster recovery assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, private nonprofits and businesses of all sizes. To learn more, visit

    Free Webinar Hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery

    WHAT:          “Creating Evacuation & Shelter-In-Place Plans”   
    A presentation followed by a question-and-answer session

    WHEN:          Wednesday, August 10, 2016 -- 2 to 2:30 p.m. ET
    HOW:            Space is limited. Register at


  • Active Shooter - what do do to prepare and during a crisis

    Sad to say, but the truth is that Active Shooter events are a real part of life now, and something businesses must prepare for. They are a large part of the reason for the push toward updated workplace first aid kit standards which now include tourniquets and other extended bleeding control products, and were a major impetus behind the Hartford Consensus as well as the Stop the Bleed program.

    In additional to the need for staff to understand the principles of bleeding control, businesses should have a plan for dealing with active shooters.

    Active Shooter Preparedness Resources for Your Business

    The tragic events in Orlando are a reminder that small businesses are not immune from violence. The US Department of Homeland Security offers free courses, materials, and workshops to better prepare you to deal with an active shooter situation and to raise awareness of behaviors that represent pre-incident indicators and characteristics of active shooters. Access free resources here


  • Trauma Intervention Program

    We talk a lot about Crises, such as Active Shooter Events and what you can do through projects like the Stop the Bleed Campaign  and of course, CERT. As CERT Board of Directors, we can tell you the an essential program, which often interacts with local CERT Teams is the Trauma Intervention Program.

    TIP is a volunteer organization that has been serving citizens for 30 years. The Trauma Intervention Program gets called on scene by the first responders to be with someone who is going through a traumatic event. TIP provides emotional and practical support, within the first few hours. EFA (emotional first aid) skills are a core element of the TIP programs. These are skills that can benefit everybody whether you are a TIP member or not. These skills are essential, as we do not want to cause further harm, either with words or actions.

    TIP is a non-profit volunteer-based program developed to provide support and assistance to those traumatically affected in emergency situations.

    When a trauma occurs, partnering agencies such as law enforcement, fire, and hospital personnel request a TIP volunteer to be with survivors to provide much needed emotional and practical support immediately following the crisis. TIP works closely with partnering agencies to provide a different dynamic to the emergency response system to meet the emotional needs of surviving victims.

    Who are TIP volunteers?

    TIP volunteers are specially trained citizens of all ages (16+) and backgrounds who understand the benefit and need of having a compassionate person alongside them following a trauma. Many of our volunteers have personally been through a traumatic event and know in a singular way the benefit of how immediate emotional support can significantly impact the healing process in a positive way.

    What do TIP volunteers do?

    When arriving at a scene, TIP volunteers:

    • Provide a calming, supportive, compassionate presence.
    • Serve as an advocate and liaison between victims and emergency personnel.
    • Protect the victim from further emotional trauma.
    • Respectfully answer questions and discuss available options.
    • Assist victim with contacting family and other support in their support system.
    • Offer resources for the victim to refer to.

    When is TIP called?

    Since trauma and tragedy can happen at any time, TIP volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. TIP volunteers are requested by authorized emergency responders to assist in tragedies such as:

    • Natural or unexpected deaths (suicides, sudden infant deaths (SIDS), drowning, etc.).
    • Crimes including sexual assault, robbery, and domestic violence.
    • Emergency scenes including vehicle accidents, house fires, and community disasters.
    • When assisting individuals who are distraught and seeking immediate support.

    How is TIP funded?

    TIP is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization that offers services at no charge to victims and families in crisis. TIP is funded through partnering agencies, such as Law Enforcement and Fire Departments, who contribute an annual assessment fee to receive TIP crisis intervention services for their residents. Funds are also made possible through individual donations, corporate donors and fund raising efforts.

    Why TIP?

    Following a tragic event, individuals involved suffer emotional trauma. Victims often suffer from confusion, fear, extreme sadness, denial, and an inability to think. Often there is no one available in the immediate aftermath of a tragedy to guide victims through these difficult hours. TIP volunteers are there to assist during this critical and desperate time.  The emotional support offered by TIP volunteers provides a buffer to extreme distress and TIP provides the necessary immediate support until other persons are able to depend on family and friends.


    Learn more about TIP through your local Trauma Intervention Program:

    TIP Affiliates

    TIP of Arizona, Inc. (928) 443-2217
    TIP of Corona, Inc. (951) 736-2373
    TIP of Foothill/Sierra Mountain Inc. (559) 279-9674
    TIP of SW Riverside County, Inc. (951) 698-2453
    TIP of Orange County (714) 314-0744
    TIP of San Diego County Inc. (855) 847-7343
    TIP of Yuba-Sutter Inc. (530) 673-9300
    TIP of N. W. Florida, Inc. (850) 934-6654
    TIP of The Treasure Valley (208) 391-3972
    TIP of Portland, ME (207) 553-9311
    TIP of Merrimack Valley, Inc. (978) 975-8471
    North Carolina
    TIP of Western North Carolina (828) 513-0498
    TIP of Northern Nevada, Inc. (775) 337-2112
    TIP of Southern Nevada (702) 229-0426
    TIP of Portland/Vancouver, Inc. (503) 823-3937
  • Gun Sales Boom after Shooter Scares

    An Oxymoron? Perhaps.

    Nevertheless, after the ready availability of firearms making several recent active shooting tragedies possible, person gun sales have risen drastically as Americans arm up for protection.

    Surviving an active shooter event.

    Active Shooter

    Active Shooter: What You Can Do

    Building National Resilience through Bystander Action

    According to Colorado Public Radio (Colorado being a well known locale of tragic shootings) -

    Discounts And Fear Drive Near-Record Black Friday Gun Sales and with the recent California events, gun sales across the nation are up - as far as 30% in some locations. Even before the news-rattling San Bernardino shooting, gun permits we way up - from October to November the permits for guns have increased by nearly 17,000 in California alone, according to ABC.


  • Surviving an active shooter event.

    Here we are again, facing the tragedy of another Active Shooter event. Lawmakers and government agencies will do what they deem best to try to control this escalating terror - meanwhile what can you do for your own protection and the safety of your friends, co-workers, and loved ones?

    Learn how to act in an active shooter event and how to react in the aftermath.

    Ready Houston has put out an outstanding training video... RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event... please view and learn:

    Learn more about Active Shooters, Safety, and Bleeding control:

    Active Shooter: What You Can Do

    Bulletproof Campus?

    Building National Resilience through Bystander Action

    Stop the Bleed Campaign

    What should be in your bleeding control kit?

    Bleeding Control


    San Bernardino: 14 killed in shooting; suspect ID'd -
    Story highlights
    One of the suspects involved in the San Bernardino shootings has been identified as Syed Farook, a county health inspector
    Police say at least 14 people were killed, 17 hurt at health department holiday party
    Two suspects shot dead after police chased them in black SUV

  • Bulletproof Campus?

    Campus Safety is on many minds in the wake of the recent Oregon Active Shooter Tragedy.

    schoolsafetyAll across the United States, colleges and universities are welcoming students to the new 2015-16 school year.  Many of those students have targeted emergency management or homeland security as a field of study and a first-choice career.

    In the Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) second Higher Education Program webinar, Frederick Community College (FCC) will discuss the partnership between FCC’s Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management, the Maryland State Department of Education’s Career and Technology Education Program, and the Statewide Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Council.  This partnership is an effort designed to provide effective pathways from secondary to post-secondary programs, and produce graduates possessing the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that prepare them for work, life, and responsible citizenship. Continue reading in EMI Training Bulletin 1194

    Active Shooter: What You Can Do

    What else can  we do? Learn Bleeding Control & Help spread the word about Bystander involvement with the Stop the Bleed Campaign

  • Active Shooter

    We've talked about what you can do in the event of an Active Shooter event, but what about after? There will be wounded. Perhaps seriously wounded. Do you know what to do?

    Triage, CPR, Bleeding Control. These are the first things to consider after the threat is over and while awaiting EMS. Bystander intervention will make the difference between life and death.

    After the recent deadly shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, know this is a real and present danger. This has been a growing concern for both Medical Organizations and the Government (as we discussed in Building National Resilience through Bystander Action.)

    If Bystanders do not take a more active role, many will die unnecessarily. Have a bleeding control kit handy, know what to do, take action - save lives.

    An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims

    BleedingFrom the September 2015 American College of Surgeons Compendium on Strategies to Enhance Survival in Active Shooter and Intentional Mass Casualty Events: See Something, So Something -- Improving Survival.

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change
    the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
    —Margaret Mead

    Image of Trauma and First Responder kits See Trauma and First Responder kits

    Three levels of responders
    There are different levels of responders in an intentional mass-casualty or active shooter event:

    1. Immediate responders: The individuals who are present at the scene who can immediately control bleeding with their hands and equipment that may be available
    2. Professional first responders: Prehospital responders at the scene who have the appropriate equipment and training
    3. Trauma professionals: Health care professionals in hospitals with all of the necessary equipment and skill to provide definitive care Immediate responders

    One goal of the Hartford Consensus III is to empower the public to provide emergency care. During intentional mass-casualty events, those of wounding have often proven invaluable in responding to the initial hemorrhage control needs of the wounded.

    Traditionally thought of as “bystanders,” these immediate responders should not be considered passive observers and can provide effective lifesaving first-line treatment.
    Immediate responders contribute to a victim’s survival by performing critical external hemorrhage control at the point of wounding and prior to the arrival of traditional first responders. Immediate responders contribute to what is the critical step in eliminating preventable prehospital death: the control of external hemorrhage.

  • Active Shooter: What You Can Do

    Interactive Web Based Course

    An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most 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.

    Tactical professionals know that excessive equipment only gets in the way in an emergency. With that in mind, the Trauma Pak with QuikClot is designed to stop bleeding and control serious trauma at the scene so more advanced care can be sought later. Packed in a tough, waterproof pouch sized to fit in any pocket, the Trauma Pak with QuikClot is easy to deploy: just rip open, pull out the QuikClot dressing to quickly apply to any life-threatening bleeding Tactical professionals know that excessive equipment only gets in the way in an emergency. With that in mind, the Trauma Pak with QuikClot is designed to stop bleeding and control serious trauma at the scene so more advanced care can be sought later. Packed in a tough, waterproof pouch sized to fit in any pocket, the Trauma Pak with QuikClot is easy to deploy: just rip open, pull out the QuikClot dressing to quickly apply to any life-threatening bleeding

    All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.

    This course is not written for law enforcement officers, but for non-law enforcement employees. The material may provide law enforcement officers information on recommended actions for non-law enforcement employees to take should they be confronted with an active shooter situation.

    Course Objectives:

    Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:

    1. Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials.
    2. Recognize potential workplace violence indicators.
    3. Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents.
    4. Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

    Primary Audience: All individuals, including managers and employees.

    Prerequisites: None

    CEUs: 0.1

    Course Length: 1 hour (Self Paced)

    Access the free online course HERE

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