How to Conduct an Active Threat Response Program

“Run, Hide, Fight” is key for a civilian Active Threat Response Program

Original post from November 2018:
In How to Conduct an Active Threat Response Program, I share practices to help build an Active Threat Response Program. I walk the listener from concept to receiving approval and then to providing training. This approach worked for me and my colleagues as we trained over 1,000 first responders on how Emergency Communications, Law Enforcement, Fire, and EMS can learn from each other and optimize response times and efficiencies to save lives.  I share how to manage the effort as a project and how Emergency Management can and should play a key role in facilitating training, exercises, after-action reviews, and providing critical incident stress management (CISM) and other support to responders and families via a family assistance center (FAC).

Key concepts in the training include:

  • Protocols for Emergency Communications personnel to follow
  • First, in Police duties
  • Fire/EMS Rescue Task Force concept
  • Triage, Treatment, and Transport by EMS
  • Pulling it all together with Unified Command
“Run. Hide. Fight” guidance for civilians video from Ready Houston

More Resources:
– FBI Active Shooter Resources at

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