Wednesday, February 13, 2013

DHS Active Shooter Preparedness Website

It's starting to seem like not a day goes by without the press reporting a gunman somewhere has randomly killed others for no apparent reason. On Monday, that issue came calling on Minnesota when a 9-year-old boy was fatally wounded by bullets fired indiscriminately at vehicles in an east central Twin Cities suburb. Because incidents like these are becoming more common place, and usually play out in confined spaces, for some time now the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has had available an online course that teaches strategies for dealing with an "active shooter" incident (IS-907 - Active Shooter: What You Can Do). Following the Sandy Hook shootings, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expanded upon those prior efforts by developing a website that serves as a hub for available training on the subject. The link below goes to that website:

Comment: Doesn't matter much what profession or place in life you are in, the randomness of these active shooter events mean you could find yourself a potential target at any given moment. What you learn from these free learning opportunities could potentially save your life and the lives of your family members. The FEMA sponsored course noted above is particularly effective - it only takes about 45 minutes to complete.

Lead graphic: DHS

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