Surviving an Active Shooter Situation – Resources You Can Use

Active shooter events, such as the recent Sandy Hook school incident in Connecticut, are becoming more common. They’re still rare, relatively speaking. But they do happen.

Unfortunately, media sensationalism tends to distort our perspective and cloud our thinking. What you and I need is reliable information on surviving active shooter events should we ever find ourselves in one.

A few months ago when I read How to Handle a Crisis, by Dennis Evers, I was pleased to see a section on active shooter incidents. You might recall Dennis has been my guest a few times on DestinySurvival Radio. He’s a former police chief and has training in officer survival, terrorism, gang intervention, hostage negotiations and explosives. He’s also been a certified EMT, volunteer firefighter and academy and college instructor. His varied law enforcement experience qualifies him to write about active shooter incidents as well as the other subjects his book covers.

Below are a few additional resources for your consideration. My thanks to Janet Liebsch, co-author of It’s A Disaster!…and What Are You Gonna Do About It? for bringing them to my attention so I could share them with you.


  • A Primer on Situational Awareness This is an article from STRATFOR describing the various levels of awareness and in what kinds of situations they’re appropriate.

  • Active Shooter – How to Respond This is a PDF booklet from the Department of Homeland Security, which provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, who become involved in an active shooter situation, and discusses how to react when law enforcement responds.

  • Active Shooter Pocket-Sized Reference Card This guide provides a brief overview of how best to respond to an active shooter situation.

  • Active Shooter Poster This poster describes how to respond to an active shooter, as well as how to recognize signs of potential workplace violence.

  • FEMA EMI Course IS-907 – Active Shooter: What You Can Do This is a 45 minute course. It’s 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.

  • FEMA EMI course: IS-906 – Workplace Security Awareness
    This online course provides guidance to individuals and organizations on how to improve the security in your workplace. No workplace-be it an office building, construction site, factory floor, or retail store-is immune from security threats.

  • RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event This is a six minute workplace safety video developed by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security.



See more on this topic in an article entitled Guidelines for Surviving an Active Shooter Situation.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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