Active Shooter in Schools Preparedness Checklist

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


While many people hold the belief that their school will never fall victim to an active shooter situation, the truth is, it can happen to anyone. To ensure the safety of students and faculty, everyone must familiarize themselves with warning signs of a potential attack and how to respond if an active shooter is at your school. Because active shooter in school 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.

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.


  • Look for warning signs that might indicate an attack.
  • Do not evacuate unless you are certain you won’t encounter the shooter.
  • Keep calm and completely silent to give the sense that nobody is in the room.