Hostile Events Preparedness Workshop Resources

Resources Referenced During the Workshop Discussion

  • CISA: Faith Based Organizations (FBO-HOW). This resource page is designed to guide you through a four-step process that can act as the building blocks for improving the security and safety of your organization’s congregants and facilities.  By following these steps, you can easily develop a continuing security improvement cycle
  • CISA: Protective Security Advisor Program. PSAs are trained critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation subject matter experts who facilitate local field activities in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security offices:
  • CISA: Employee Vigilance – Power of Hello. Used effectively, the right words can be a powerful tool. Simply saying “Hello” can prompt a casual conversation with unknown individuals and help you determine why they are there. The OHNO approach – Observe, Initiate a Hello, Navigate the Risk, and Obtain Help – helps employees observe and evaluate suspicious behaviors, and empowers them to mitigate potential risk, and obtain help when necessary.
  • CISA: The De-Escalation Series. The De-Escalation Series for Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators contains four products to assist Critical Infrastructure Owners and Operators to recognize the warning signs of someone on a path to violence; assess if the situation or person of concern is escalating, or if an emergency response is needed immediately; de-escalate the situation currently taking place through purposeful actions, verbal communication, and body language; and report the situation through organizational reporting to enable assessment and management of an evolving threat.
  • CISA: Physical Security Self-Assessment. The first step in developing a quality security (plan or program) and improving preparedness is assessing your organization or facility’s current risk. To begin that process CISA has developed a baseline security self-assessment that is designed to assist the minimally trained person through the assessment process.  Successful completion and review of the recommendations can provide a path towards lowering risk and improving security.
  • CISA: Vehicle Ramming Attack Mitigation. The use of a vehicle as a weapon in a terrorist attack is not new. Recent terrorist incidents and violent extremist propaganda demonstrate that the use of vehicles as a weapon continues to be of interest by those wishing to cause harm. Attacks of this nature require minimal capability, but can have a devastating impact in crowded places with low levels of visible security.
  • CISA: Mitigating Attacks on Houses of Worship Security Guide. Acts of targeted violence against houses of worship are a real—and potentially growing—problem in the United States and a top priority for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As the Nation’s risk advisor, CISA has prepared this comprehensive security guide based on original analysis to help houses of worship develop a comprehensive security strategy to mitigate future incidents.
  • FEMA: Guide for Developing High Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship. In collaboration with several houses of worship and community partners (i.e., governmental entities that have a responsibility in the plan, including first responders, public health officials, and mental health officials), houses of worship can take steps to plan for these potential emergencies through the creation of an emergency operations plan (EOP.)

Active Shooter Resources

  • CISA: Active Shooter Preparedness. Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. 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.
  • Run, Hide, Fight. An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area, and recent active shooter incidents have underscored the need for a coordinated response by law enforcement and others to save lives. The FBI is committed to working with its partners to protect schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities.
  • DHS: Stop the Bleed. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
  • ReadyHouston’s Run, Hide, Fight Surviving an Active Shooter Event video. ReadyHouston’s Run, Hide, Fight Surviving an Active Shooter Event video is a department of Homeland Security Grant Funded Project of the Regional Catastrophic Planning Initiative. The video is produced by the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. When an active shooter is in your vicinity, you must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. Watch the videos below to learn how to survive an active shooter event.

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  • The Power of Preparedness Courseware. A comprehensive and engaging online course that gives each learner the knowledge and confidence to identify, prevent, and survive any type of workplace violence, including an active shooter event.