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Families & Individuals

Below are resources designed to assist families and individuals with understanding how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to an active assailant incident. Families and individuals are encouraged to utilize these resources as a starting point. Families and individuals should also review the materials and resources available on the Prevention and Early Intervention section of this website for additional information.



Active Shooter Preparedness – Private Citizen Website offered by the Department of Homeland Security that offers multiple resources on active assailant incidents for the public to utilize.
20 to Ready: Active Shooter

This video was created by Brigham Young University and presents a scenario that provides guidance on actions to take if you find yourself in a mass shooting incident.

Surviving an Active Shooter – What Would You Do?

Video and website created by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that is highly effective showing various types of locations (work, soft targets, educational facilities, etc.) where an active assault could occur. It provides the audience with tools that can assist in how to respond effectively during a rapidly evolving incident.

Surviving an Active Shooter – Civilian Response to Active Shooter

This video was created by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program at Texas State University. This video shows the Avoid-Deny-Defend method which was developed for individuals to be easy to remember.

RUN.HIDE.FIGHT- Surviving an Active Shooter Event

The City of Houston (Ready Houston) created this effective video on what to do in the event of an active assailant in an office environment.


Training & Exercises

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train the Trainer

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by ALERRT in 2004, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

Training video and web-based training course created because life-threatening emergencies can happen fast, and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. These injuries can require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying, so those nearest to someone are best positioned to provide first care.

Stop the Bleed®

One of the best ways to increase a person’s likelihood of survival when severely injured during active assailant incident is to quickly stop severe bleeding. Coworkers can provide initial life-saving measures. The Stop the Bleed® site provides resources on how to organize an in-person training, life-saving strategies and posters, instructional videos, and aid kits to place in common areas.


Survivor & Victim Assistance

Resources to Help Youth Cope after a Mass Shooting

The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP) compiled a list of resources to help youth, families, educators, and community members cope with and talk about community trauma, as well as provide psychological first aid.

Mass Violence Resources

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) created a number of resources on mass violence including “Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting,” “College Students: Coping After the Recent Shooting” and “Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event.”

Self Help

National Mass Violence and Victimization Recovery Center provides resources for victims of a mass violence incident to help them learn important skills and coping strategies.

Resources for the Victims of Recent Mass Violence Incidents

The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime created a list of resources for specific mass schooling events, which help victims and their families and the first responders and other professionals providing support to them.

Help for Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence

The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime provides a list of programs and publications that can help victims understand and manage reactions to terrorism and mass violence.

Supporting Students, Staff, Families, and Communities Impacted by Violence

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The National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) compiled a list of websites and free resources to help support youth, families, schools, and communities impacted by violence.

Mental Health and Crisis Resources for Coping with Violence

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The Maryland Department of Health compiled a resource guide which provides tips and resources for those impacted by violence, including youth, parents and caregivers, teachers and behavioral health professionals.