Recommendation 35

Recommendation 35: Each school should exercise its active shooter functional annex on a regular basis to ensure staff and students have a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities. Changes and adaptations to the plan should be made as gaps and weaknesses are identified.

Lead Agency: Department of Safety, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, School Readiness Program


  • Click here to access the School Training & Exercises Program.
  • The United States Department of Homeland Security has published a website that provides Exercise Starter Kits to allow a school or district to conduct tabletop exercises (TTXs) on their own. These TTXs are entirely scalable to fit your community and school  emergency operations plan. To download these resources visit:
  • If you are interested in learning how to plan and conduct an exercise for your school or district on your own these FEMA independent study courses are strongly recommended.
    • IS-120.c: An Introduction to Exercises (3 hours): This course introduces personnel to the basics of emergency management exercises.
    • IS-130.A: How to be an Exercise Evaluator (2.75 hours): This course introduces personnel in the evaluation and improvement phases of conducting exercises. This course will provide a foundation on how to properly evaluate an exercise being conducted. Prerequisite: IS-120.c.
    • IS-362.A: Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools (3 hours): This course provide personnel with a basic understanding of how to develop, implement, exercise, and maintain a schools EOP.