Plan, Prepare, React: Active Shooter Response Options for Students, Faculty and Staff

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An active shooter is defined as an armed person who has used deadly force on people and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims. Although active shooter incidents on college campuses are rare events, the shootings which occurred on the Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and other campuses demonstrate that faculty, staff and students should be ready for any type of emergency.

This training program, which includes a 15-minute video and a training scenario, was developed on the UGA campus to be a resource for all 30 University System of Georgia institutions. The goal of this program is to provide faculty, staff and students with emergency response options should they become involved in an active threat situation on campus or in the community.

Students, faculty and staff may request an active shooter training program presentation by emailing the UGA Office of Emergency Preparedness or by calling (706) 542-5845.

If you are a member of public safety, law enforcement and/or emergency management instructors please visit to request authorization to access the training material. The intent of this comprehensive training program is to assist campus public safety and emergency management professionals in their efforts to educate their faculty, staff and students on response options for active shooter situations.

This two-hour training program was developed under a state-funded grant project and is copyrighted. Participants should seek additional guidance and information on specific campus emergency plans from their campus public safety, security department, emergency management agency or local law enforcement agency.