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.