Prepare - Respond - Recover


There were 427 mass shootings in the U.S in 2017.  Traditional terrorism insurance does not respond to help you if the act is not driven by ideology.  There is a mass shooting event every 9 out of 10 days in the U.S.

2017 saw an increase in both the frequency and severity of these incidents.  Through lone shooters to actual terrorist attacks, this has become a real threat to all institutions.

The key to dealing with these scenarios is an effective plan to prepare, respond, and recover.


Table 1 lists a number of recent attacks. There are limited patterns to the location and targeting of victims but the central theme connecting all events is the intent to kill.

Small arms are the weapon of choice although vehicles and knives have also been used to considerable effect.

The increasing use of small arms has been mirrored by a decline in the use of large scale explosives.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has published a guide on how to respond to an active shooter incident.

This emphasizes the importance of formulating an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) with input from a range of stakeholders, including human resources, facility operators, security and law enforcement.

Individuals should be prepared both mentally and physically given that the duration of shooter incidents can often be short and conclude before law enforcement has arrived on the premises. Staff training is key so that they can:

  • Recognize a threat
  • Follow the recommended  run, hide, fight course of action
  • Call emergency services
  • Be prepared to react to a law enforcement plan of action


Immediate Post-Incident Actions Checklist

  • Account for all personnel/visitors
  • Establish employee/family reunification
  • Provide psychological first aid / emotional support
  • Crisis communications / media management
  • Liaison with hospitals / deploy care teams
  • Coordinate crime scene management, preservation of evidence, crime scene clean up


Post Event Recovery
  • Consider alternative work sites
  • Anticipate events (vigils, funerals, etc.)
  • Arrange crisis counselors
  • Work with insurers to coordinate benefits
  • Coordinate with local and federal 
  • Assess need for increased security, and coordination of additional security measures
Business Recovery
  • Prepare organization and staff for litigation
  • Anticipate impact of any criminal trial (assuming suspect survives) 
  • Continue support for victims and families
  • Review policies, plans, and procedures to improve processes
  • Monitor media coverage and response from community
  • Recognize the one-year anniversary after an event
  • Prepare for difficulty and challenges faced by survivors
  • Plan media interaction and attention
  • Support continuous rehabilitation and counseling for affected personnel

Discussion on Implementation

Watch our quick video on how to successfully design and implement your processes and procedures.  Learn what materials and resources you will need to source to provide an effective response to an active shooter situation.   

Prepare – Respond – Recover

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Free Planning Guide

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This guide is not comprehensive and may need to be adjusted depending on the specifics of your operation, but it should give you a good overview of the elements you will want to include in your formal plan.

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