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Homeland Security's Advice for HR and Facility Management in Mitigating Risk of Active Shootings

In a publication entitled "Active Shooter How to Respond," the United States Department of Homeland Security provides advice to Human Resources and Facility Management professionals to prevent active shootings in the workplace.

Homeland Security is a federal agency responsible for public safety. It was established on November 25, 2002 following the September 11, 2001 tragedies when terrorists attacked the World Trade Centers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington with the use of highjacked planes. A third attack was thwarted when passengers of American Airlines Flight 93 crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its heroic passengers attempted to overpower their assailants.

According to Homeland Security, all organizations should have comprehensive "Emergency Action Plans" (EAPs). As a part of an EAP, Human Resources and Facility Managers have the following duties and responsibilities respectively:

The publication may be accessed here:


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