Active Shooter Preparedness Checklist

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Our Active Shooter Preparedness Checklist covers all essential steps in different scenarios of how to get prepared and to respond to an active shooter situation.

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In many cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no method to their selection of victims.

Because active shooter incidents are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation.


  • Recognize behaviors that warn of violence.
  • Evacuate, but only if it is safe to do so.
  • If unable to run, stay in place until authorities give the all clear.
  • As a last resort, play dead or try to take the active shooter down. When the shooter is close to you and you are unable to flee, your chance of survival is much greater if you try to incapacitate the shooter.

Active Shooter Statistics

Since FBI began releasing their report in 2000, the first seven years demonstrated an average of 6.4 active-shooter incidents, and that figure grew more than twofold to 16.4 the following seven years. The number lingered around 20 incidents every year since then, surging in the last two. Even though the previous year had a lower activity, last year’s results remained consistent with a troubling trend. According to the FBI, there have been 27 active shooter incidents in 2018.

27 incidents in 16 states.

213 casualties – excluding the shooters.

85 killed: 2 law enforcement officers, 1 unarmed security officer

128 wounded, including 6 law enforcement officers.

Types of locations (2018):

  • Sixteen of the 27 incidents took place in areas of commerce and business environment, resulting in 41 killed and 61 wounded.
  • Five of the 27 incidents happened in education environments, resulting in 29 killed and 52 wounded.
  • Two of the 27 incidents occurred in health care facilities.
  • One of the 27 incidents occurred on government property.
  • One of the 27 incidents occurred in a house of worship.