Active Shooter and Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

Active Shooter and Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks

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 can 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 that 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 active shooter and active threat events. 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 foster a 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 before the initial attack through recovery. You can read about our comprehensive approach here. Our clients include governmental jurisdictions, places of business, schools, and universities. We help organizations create 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 an exercise series we organized below.

Our Experience

Our experience includes developing active threat-related plans, trainings, and exercises in compliance with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Hagerty has supported two of the largest counties in the country in the development of exercise series focused on complex coordinated terrorist attacks. These exercises were one of the largest within their respective county. Read about two of Hagerty’s projects here and here.

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. Don’t let fear get in your way of becoming safer.