A Guide to Resources for the Prevention and Mitigation of Active Shooter Incidents

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Unfortunately, active shooter events and terrorist attacks are becoming more common in today’s world. The Security Industry Association (SIA) has reviewed and gathered this information for members and interested individuals, which can help you prevent and prepare for attacks and survive an incident if it occurs.


SIA provides active shooter incident-related resources for members of the security community and other stakeholders.

ASIS International

ASIS International provides a variety of resources, including webinars, recorded conference sessions, articles, and interviews, to educate the public on preventing, surviving and recovering from an active shooter attack.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI provides a multitude of resources related to active shooter events that can help you study the trends, evaluate possible risks and prepare for an incident. These resources include a list of active shooter events from 2000 through 2018, information on the study of active shooters and pre-attack behaviors and helpful insights regarding attack prevention.

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

The IACP, through its Law Enforcement Policy Center, offers a variety of active shooter incident-related resources identifying leading practices and providing guidance to the law enforcement profession.

The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission provides resources for health care professionals on active shooter planning and response. Topics include include surviving an attack in a health care setting, medical response to attacks and preventing violence and attacks from happening.

New York Police Department (NYPD)

NYPD SHIELD, an umbrella program for NYPD initiatives pertaining to private-sector security and counterterrorism, provides safety tips and resources related to active shooter events.


The NFPA 3000 Standard for an ASHER Program addresses all aspects of the process of implementing an integrated preparedness, response and recovery program for active shooter incidents and hostile events. The standard includes everything from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders and recovery.

Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS)

First established in 2014, PASS brings together expertise from the education, public safety and industry communities to develop and support a coordinated approach to making effective use of proven security practices specific to K-12 environments and informed decisions on security investments.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS provides resources related to active shooters, including a workshop on preparing for and responding to active shooter incidents, organized by audience type.