School chief executive Chad Miller said: "Active shooters
are part of our society.
Department of Homeland Security defines an active shooter
as "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; In most cases, active shooters
use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims."
The Situation: Little research has been conducted on civilian response to active shooters
Taking to Twitter, senior batsman Tamim Iqbal said: "Entire team got saved from active shooters
The Crisis Management Classroom will train student teachers at West Texas A&M University to handle emergencies including tornadoes and active shooters
. Though the school has been preparing teachers and administrators for school violence since 2001, the new classroom - which was unveiled this week - will amp up training with new technology normally reserved for emergency responders.
A: Active shooters
represent a multi-dimensional threat and must be met with a corresponding adaptable response.
"This issue of active shooters
is not a new one, but recognizing it as a risk management issue is recent," said Robert Hartwig, clinical associate professor of finance and co-director of the Risk and Uncertainty Management Center at the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business.
Police were able to bring the situation under control and confirm that there were no active shooters
inside the mall within a few minutes.
Originally designed for police and fire agencies, the civilian version is now being expanded to schools to allow teachers and other school personnel to train for active shooters
alongside first responders.
Military vehicles that could be used to respond to active shooters
could also rescue people during a natural disaster such as flooding caused by this summer's hurricanes, Allison says.
The number of incidents involving active shooters
has steadily increased over the last 15 years, and preparing your staff and your clients now takes on new significance.
For years, malls have been working with the Department of Homeland Security on plans for first responders entering retail centers to try and stop active shooters
, rather than wait for backup as had been the practice.
have been known to study their targets in advance, a useful piece of intelligence.
Teachers and staff would not pursue active shooters
down hallways, or attempt the kinds of engagement tactics that law enforcement does professionally.