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: https://www.dhs.gov/exercise-starter-kits-esks
- 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. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-120.c&d=2/12/2018
- 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. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS130.a
- 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. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-362.a