Wednesday, November 28, 2018

DHS active shooter exercise kits available
for schools

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Program has made available starter kits for school districts to conduct active shooter drills and exercises. The kits come at no cost and contain a set of scalable tools to test existing emergency plans, protocols, and procedures. Each is designed to strengthen preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.

Within the starter kit schools will find pre-populated exercise content that includes a conduct briefing for the tabletop exercise, a facilitator guide, a situation manual which provides the scenario content and questions for participants, an after action template, and a participant feedback form.

IASB has a number of resources available for school districts looking for additional information on school safety procedures. The school safety and security page on the IASB website includes materials on school safety procedures, best practices, and other recommendations and tips.

“This new document from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is another valuable tool for school districts,” said Ben Schwarm, deputy executive director of IASB. “For school districts looking for even more specific information on active shooter procedures, this information from DHS will be very beneficial.”

The free active shooter kits are available for elementary, middle/junior high schools, high schools, and higher education institutions by visiting https://www.dhs.gov/exercise-starter-kits-esks.