The United States Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a conﬁned and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.” Most incidents occur at locations in which the killers find little impediment in pressing their attack. Locations are generally described as soft targets, that is, they carry limited security measures to protect members of the public. In most instances, shooters commit suicide, are shot by police, or surrender when confrontation with responding law enforcement becomes unavoidable.
A recent study by the FBI confirms what we all know – the rate of active shooter incidents in the United States has increased, now averaging more than one per month. The most common location of an active shooter incident is a business (40%), while schools (including K-12 and Higher Education institutions) are the second most common location (29%).
In the five largest-casualty events referenced in the FBI study, (Northern Illinois University in DeKalb; Sandy Hook Elementary School; Fort Hood Army Base, Killeen, Texas; Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg; and the Century 21 Theater) the police were on scene in about 3 minutes; yet, a substantial number of people still were shot and injured or killed,” the report claims.
That’s why it’s essential that campus administrators, staff, and students be properly trained for the possibility of violent situations on your campus so they know how to ideally prevent such an incident, or if one should occur, minimize the loss of life.
How the SafeColleges Online Training System Can Help
To help colleges with this critical topic, the SafeColleges Online Training System includes three Active Shooter courses for Administrators, Staff, and Students.
The goal of our Active Shooter courses is to prepare campus administrators, staff members and students for “active shooter” situations by providing information on how they occur and how they may be more effectively prevented. After taking these courses, campus administrators, staff and students should:
- Understand how to reduce the likelihood of an active shooter situation.
- Learn evidence-based methods to improve the odds of survival during an active shooter event.
- List actions to take in the event of an active shooter situation.
Our Active Shooters courses are written by industry experts, Michael Dorn and Phuong Nguyen from Safe Havens International, the world’s largest school safety center. Michael Dorn is one of the most credentialed campus safety experts in the nation. He is the Executive Director of Safe Havens International and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Michael is routinely used as a resource by the FBI, U.S. Department of Education, National Emergency Management Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and many other state and local agencies. He is also a co-author for the IS 360 Active Shooter Training Program for the 2013 White House School Safety Initiative.
Phuong Nguyen is the Director of Public Information for Safe Havens International. Phuong and Michael served on the authoring team for a training program titled Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education and Houses of Worship, a course focused on campus active shooter incidents and released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of the 2013 White House School Safety Initiative.
In addition to our Active Shooter courses, our training system also includes a Visual Weapons Screening course and a Student Mental Health course for staff that can assist in helping you prevent acts of violence on your campus.
Use our courses or
your own campus-specific courses and policies in our system with our Custom Course Tool and assign them to employees and students. Every completion is tracked automatically by the system (whether you assign our courses or your own), for compliance purposes.