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Active Shooter Preparedness and Response

As workplace shootings become more common throughout the U.S., HR and corporate leaders may feel unsure of the best way to react and communicate afterward, particularly if the violence occurred on their premises and someone was injured. Most likely, the event was chaotic, disruptive, traumatic and frightening for many workers. It may take some time to recover from the damage done to employee morale and to the physical building and business operations.

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Responding Prudently After a Workplace Shooting
SHRM | Jan 2023

Strategies for Preparing to Deal with Crisis in the Workplace
Ford Harrison | Apr 2023

The most effective workplace violence prevention plan is one that is put in place long before trouble occurs. Employees need to understand what to do in an emergency and what the company's response will be.

Understanding Workplace Violence Prevention and Response
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Mass shootings have become more common across the country in recent years, making it even more critical for employers to ensure that their workplaces are safe and that workers understand how to handle active shooter scenarios.
Training Aims to Prevent Workplace Shootings
SHRM | Dec 2022

Workplace Violence: Be Prepared with Active Shooter Training
AmTrust Financial

Active Shooter Training
California State University Police Department

Why Active Shooter and Workplace Violence Training is Critical
Clear Law Institute | Feb 2022

How to prevent, prepare for and respond to active threat incidents in the workplace
Security Info Watch | Apr 2022

Active shooter preparedness is critical for employee safety
Security Magazine | Jan 2022

What to do During an Active Shooter Attack


Active Shooter: What You Can Do
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

What to do in an active shooter situation
Penn Live

Active Shooter - How to Respond
Department of Homeland Security

Attacks in Crowded and Public Spaces

Workplace Violence
North Carolina Department of Public Safety


Surviving an Active Shooter Event - Civilian Response to Active Shooter
ALERRT Research

RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.® Surviving an Active Shooter Event
City of Houston

Active Shooter Emergency Action Plan
Options for Consideration Active Shooter Training Video
Department of Homeland Security

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The Supreme Court's decision earlier this year significantly curtailed a state’s ability to restrict citizens’ right to carry firearms publicly for their self-defense. Employers can still stop workers from carrying guns in the workplace, but they need to consider state laws.
Guns in the Workplace: What Has Changed, and What Can Employers Expect?
Ogletree via SHRM | Dec 2022

Organizational stakeholders must invest more time and effort into gaining better insight into the prevention of and survival from active shooter incidents. With a clear understanding of the risks and opportunities involved in an active shooter situation, stakeholders should implement the following strategies to achieve a successful multidimensional response.
How to Put an Effective Active Shooter-Response Plan into Practice
Security Management Magazine via SHRM | Oct 2022

As more mass shootings happen each year in the United States, courts are beginning to rethink businesses' responsibility for preventing or mitigating these events. Some recent mass shootings have led to major settlements on behalf of property owners and their insurance providers with survivors and victims' families.
Are Companies Liable for an Active Shooter Incident? Expectations Are Changing
Security Management Magazine via SHRM | Sep 2022

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10 Minutes To Live: Surviving an Active Shooter Using A.L.I.V.E.®

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