Active Shooter Preparedness Video Resources

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. DHS 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. Please view the following videos for more information:

Access and Functional Needs: What You Should Know

The Access and Functional Needs video provides insightful information for critical infrastructure owners and operators to better understand the unique and complex challenges that persons with disabilities, and access and functional needs face during an active shooter incident.

This video is also available in American Sign Language.


Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan

The Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan video describes the fundamental concepts of developing an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) for an active shooter scenario. This instructive video guides viewers through important considerations of EAP development utilizing the first-hand perspectives of active shooter survivors, first responder personnel, and other subject matter experts who share their unique insight.


Active Shooter Preparedness Webinar

The CISA Active Shooter Webinar video is used by DHS qualified subject-matter experts as a visual reference to guide critical infrastructure owners and operators with a better understanding of developing an organization’s emergency action plan.


Active Shooter Preparedness: School Security and Resilience

The Active Shooter Preparedness: School Security and Resilience video provides information geared towards educators, school resource officers, and school administrators who serve in important roles in safeguarding schools.


Options for Consideration

The Options for Consideration video demonstrates possible actions that individuals can take if confronted with an active shooter scenario. This instructive video reviews the choices of running, hiding, or as an option of last resort, fighting the shooter. The video also shows how to assist authorities once law enforcement arrives.

You can find the Options for Consideration Video translated into other common languages on the Options for Consideration Translated Videos page.

Pathway to Violence

The Pathway to Violence video provides information regarding the behavioral indicators that assailants often demonstrate before a violent act. Behavior experts provide insightful information on threat management and further describe the six progressive steps that may be observable by colleagues. The video also includes law enforcement expert interviews that discuss engagement strategies and recommended responses to someone potentially on a pathway to violence.

Protecting Houses of Worship

The Protecting Houses of Worship video offers a look at those challenges and demonstrates how law enforcement, houses of worship, and other partners can work together to report suspicious behavior and raise security awareness, while forging positive relationships within the community.

Understanding the Insider Threat

The Understanding the Insider Threat video uses security and behavior experts to discuss how insider threats manifest in a variety of ways including terrorism, workplace violence, and breaches of cybersecurity. Understanding how to recognize and respond to these various types of insider threats, whether non-violent or violent, increases an organization’s ability to protect both its people and sensitive information.


Vehicle Ramming Attack Mitigation

The Vehicle Ramming Attack Mitigation video provides information to assist with mitigating the evolving threat corresponding to vehicle ramming incidents with insightful technical analysis from public and private sector subject matter experts. It leverages real-world events, and provides recommendations aimed at protecting organizations as well as individuals against a potential vehicle ramming incident.


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