An Oregon high school, a courthouse in Georgia, universities in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Just the latest in a string of active shooter events that we’ve experienced so far in 2014.
The FBI defines an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area” and according to researchers at Texas State University, as of June 10th there have been at least 9 active shooter events. And we’re not even halfway through the year.
In an article published earlier in the year by the FBI on active shooter events, the authors indicate there has been a definitive increase in incidents between the years 2000 – 2012, with the most drastic increase beginning in 2009. Their evaluation showed that from 2000 to 2008 these events occurred approximately once every other month (five per year) to over one event per month between the years 2009 – 2012 (close to sixteen per year). That increased rate continued into 2013 with 15 events.
Now the researchers trusted by the FBI to stay on top of the trends are predicting that if the current pace of active shooter events continues, the nation could see 20 active shooter events by the end of the calendar year – a rise from 2013’s already sizable number of incidents.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech, “Alarmingly, since 2009, this annual average has tripled . . . Even more troubling, these incidents seem to be getting more and more deadly. Over the last four years, America has witnessed an increase of nearly 150 percent in the number of people shot and killed in connection with active shooter incidents. Although research methods and results vary, it’s become clear that new strategies – and aggressive national response protocols – must be employed to stop shooters in their tracks.”
Yet even though numerous preventive and response protocols have been put into place, both in the private and public sectors, with active shooter events almost always making national headlines, it’s easy for those disturbed individuals to use information gleaned from reports to develop their own new strategies as well.
Free Resources on Preparing for an Active Shooter Event
Regroup recently published a white paper, 2013 Active Shooter Report, as well as presented a webinar, Active Shooter in Your Workplace: Lessons Learned & Best Practices, on how to prepare for an active shooter event. In the webinar Regroup shared best practices and expert insights for emergency communication along with leading emergency preparedness expert, Bo Mitchell with 911 Consulting®.
We invite you to utilize these free resources and learn the best practices, benefits and expert insights that were shared by Mr. Mitchell and Regroup surrounding Active Shooter Events. You can watch the free recording of the Active Shooter webinar and download the 2013 Active Shooter Report by clicking on the links above.