Active Shooter Awareness Guidance
California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), 2016
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation. This guidance, which is the first-of-its-kind, was created by bringing together a work group consisting of representatives from law enforcement, the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities, emergency managers, the California Specialized Training Institute, and other disability stakeholders. The guidance informs workforce management, individuals with disabilities and access and functional needs, and law enforcement/first responders regarding how to promote the safety and security of individuals with disabilities and persons with an access or functional need during an active shooter attack.