Active Shooter and Active Threat Events

Active Shooter and Active Threat Events

We live in a dangerous world. Knowing how to recognize, prevent, respond, and recover are part of the foundation of preparing for active shooter and active threat events. We cannot eliminate every threat, but we can increase our ability to recognize and prevent violent extremism and radicalization, respond better and faster to attacks when they occur, and recover with determination and resilience.

Active shooter and active threat events may be defined by the number of perpetrators involved, the amount of planning and training the perpetrator(s) required, the number of sites involved, and the number of weapons or diversionary tactics used. Responses by first responders, and those being attacked or held hostage, will depend on the type of threat and the information available at the time. Each situation is different and each one is dangerous.

Read more about active shooter events, active threat events, and the active threat lifecycle on our #ThreatReady Microsite.

Boston, Mass., April 15, 2013 -- Members of the FBI arrive on the scene of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Boston, Mass., April 15, 2013 — Members of the FBI arrive on the scene of the bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Engage the Community in Response

Hagerty is committed to providing communities the professional support they seek in developing an integrated plan to prepare for an active shooter and active threat event. Our philosophy is that an effective active shooter and active threat program must involve the whole community. You can read more about this approach here.

Our cohort-based approach recommends engagement of varied stakeholders such as religious and community leaders, law enforcement, universities, hospitals, fire, education facilities, and emergency medical services. Together these individuals can present a unified strategy to addressing the culture of preparedness with the goal of preventing active threat events, reducing overall response time, and facilitating a comprehensive recovery effort.

Dealing with Active Shooter and Active Threat Events – How Hagerty Can Help

Hagerty Consulting works with clients to assess active threat vulnerabilities, clarify roles, and develop suggested responses to various scenarios, starting with the initial attack through continuity of operations and reconstruction. Our clients include governmental jurisdictions, places of business, schools, and universities. We help organizations build customized active threat programs that build realistic protective action procedures, incorporating the culture of the organization, population age and physical ability, building design, and other relevant factors. Additionally, we provide different levels of training and exercising so clients and their staffs can practice how to respond, beginning with a low-key tabletop exercise and working up to a full-fledged role-playing event. Read about one we helped organize here.

Our Experience

Our experience includes developing active threat training in compliance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). As an example, Hagerty served as a subcontractor in the development and delivery of a two-day training to the Williamsburg Area Transit Authority (WATA) in Virginia. This included transit supervisor training and training for bus drivers on methods to address active threats at WATA facilities. Hagerty structured the training around best practices based on extensive research into the types of issues that may face transit supervisors, as well as the training and techniques used nationwide. More recently, Hagerty is supporting Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) to build and deliver an integrated approach to active threat preparedness for the 134 municipalities of Cook County.

We recognize that some find it difficult even broaching the subject of an active shooter and active threat. We understand. But it’s for that very reason — the awful enormity of this subject — that we have made it our business to help our clients protect themselves if there is ever a need. You can read about some of our past work here and here. Don’t let fear get in your way of becoming safer.