Domestic Terrorism Preparement

Active Shooter Workshop

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This emergency plan from Department of Homeland Security offers resources and other informative material in securing your safety in a domestic attack.

Recognize the Signs

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Don't be afraid to say something if you see something that doesn't seem right. Are you knowledgable of the indicators of suspicious activity?

How To Respond

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DHS aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing  products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. 

Family Support

Tuesday's Children

Tuesday's Children is a response and recovery organization that supports youth, families, and commun

Tuesday's Children is a response and recovery organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.

Office of Victims of Crime (OVC)

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OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation’s capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime.

Cope Foundation

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Non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child.

Trauma Survivors Network

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The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is a community of patients and families who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after a serious injury.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

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NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Pastoral Counseling & Consultation Center

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PC&CC has been an area leader in caring, professional relationship and marriage counseling, family counseling, job-related problem counseling, and therapy for all types of depression, anxiety and emotional issues for more than 40 years

Mental Health America of Franklin County

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The Pro Bono Counseling Program at the Mental Health America of Franklin County links volunteer mental health professionals with those who need but cannot afford mental health counseling. 

National Center for Victims of Crime

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The mission of the National Center for Victims of Crime is to forge a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. We are dedicated to serving individuals, families, and communities harmed by crime.

American Psychological Association

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The American Psychological Association's mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.


Aurora Strong

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The Aurora Strong Resilience Center is a free place of healing for all of those in our community whose lives have been affected by trauma of any kind.

Pro Bono Counseling Project

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The Pro Bono Counseling Project’s mission is to ensure that Marylanders with limited resources requesting mental health care are provided access to volunteer licensed mental health professionals and other necessary supportive services.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United State

Mental Health America

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Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans.

Strength to Strength

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Strength to Strength is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides long-term psychological needs through regular meetings, provision of information and advice, and raising awareness of the unmet needs of victims and their families. 

Partner Resources

Helping Victims of Mass Violence

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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) provides tools and resources for developing a comprehensive victim assistance plan that can be incorporated into your community’s existing emergency response plan.

Independent Study Programs

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. 

Active Shooter Strategies & Policies

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The Domestic Security Alliance Council provides active shooter strategies and policies to better prepare for and avoid an attack. 

Response to an Active Shooter Guide

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The Interagency Security Committee offers their "Planning and Response to an Active Shooter: An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide," November 2015.

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

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The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) provides this document on how parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

Federal Resources

Emergency Services Sector Resources

The Department of Homeland Security offers a wide array of free resources to government and private sector partners to enable the Emergency Services Sector mission.

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Emergency Response Plans

A 10 page document to help Businesses Identify the goals and objectives for the emergency response plan. Define what your emergency response team is expected to do during an emergency (e.g., evacuate employees and visitors, provide first aid, etc.), Identify any regulations covered by your plan (e.g., OSHA, fire code, etc.)

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Securing Soft Targets and Crowded Places

Soft Targets and Crowded Places (ST-CPs), such as sports venues, shopping venues, schools, and transportation systems, are locations that are easily accessible to large numbers of people and that have limited security or protective measures in place making them vulnerable to attack. 

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Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model

This guide by the United States Secret Service & Homeland Security was conducted in efforts to prevent targeted violence, especially in U.S. public schools.

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Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017

Though limited in scope, this report was undertaken to provide clarity and data of value to federal, state, tribal, and campus law enforcement as well as other first responders, corporations, educators, and the general public as they seek to neutralize threats posed by active shooters and save lives during such incidents.

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Planning and Response to an Active Shooter

An Interagency Security Committee Policy and Best Practices Guide, November 2015

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Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2014 and 2015

An analysis of 2014 and 2015 active shooter incidents1  has identified 20 incidents in each of the years; information provided to advance available research and assist federal, state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement officers, other first responders, corporate leaders, and educators in their efforts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to active shooter incidents.

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Active Shooter Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Management

The NYPD compiled a list of recommendations to mitigate the risks from active shooter attacks. The NYPD developed these recommendations based on analysis of past active shooter incidents and careful review of previous studies.

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Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013

To provide further clarity on these threats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 2014 initiated a study of “active shooter” incidents. The goal of the FBI study is to provide federal, state, and local law enforcement with data so they can better understand how to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from these incidents.

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Hotline Bling

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, please call 911. If this is not a life-altering emergency, the following hotlines are available 24/7 for confidential support.


  • National Domestic Violence Hotline  1−800−799−7233
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line Text 741741 from anywhere in the USA
  • Crisis Call Center (775) 784-8090 or text ANSWER to 839863 
  • National Victims of Crime Center 1 (800) FYI-CALL(1-800-394-2255)
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) (800) 959-8277
  • Grief Recovery Institute (818) 907-9600
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to  66746 
  • IMALIVE Online Channel - To view IMALIVE's confidential chatroom, click here.

A.C.T. Resources

The 3 steps in responding to an active assailant. Saving Lives, one A.C.T. at a time.