According to the FBI, two of the 28 active shooter incidents in 2019 occurred in health care facilities. These terrifying events are unpredictable and present unique challenges in health care settings, including presence of hazardous materials, restricted access areas, large open facilities and a vulnerable patient population. Furthermore, health care leaders must ensure access to evidence-based treatments that will serve victims and survivors not only in the immediate aftermath of the event, but throughout their entire, and often lengthy, recovery process.

Due to recent tragic events, Hospitals Against Violence has gathered for health care facilities a list of resources and tools that provide guidance on how to prepare and respond to an active shooter incident.

International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS)

Active Shooter: Best Practices for the Worst Case

This session explores the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency rooms, mental health services, and other treatment facilities and addresses preparedness through operations and design.

Medstar, Georgetown University Hospital

Caring for the Caregiver Program

In this podcast, we will focus on MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Care for the Caregiver program, a program created to provide 24-hour care to associates and physicians at the hospital that are experiencing a stressful event or outcome during patient care or due to the work environment.

Midland Health, Boston Medical Center, Baptist Health

Partnering with Law Enforcement

Case Study
Mercy Health (Janesville, Wis.)

Tactical Training/ Casualty Care Program

Supporting Victims and Communities of Mass Violence Incidents Webinars

Road to Resilience: Discover the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center

Leaders from the National Mass Violence Victimization Resource Center (NMVVRC) provide an overview of available resources and services.

Las Vegas Mass Shooting: Lessons from Health Heroes

Leaders from University Medical Center and HCA Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center highlight the NMVVRC and set the stage for why hospitals and health systems need to be aware of and plan for mass violence incidents and trauma.

Road to Resiliency: Preparedness and Response: Planning for Mass Violence

Speakers explore how hospitals and health systems can better prepare for and respond to the immediate-, short- and long-term needs for victims of mass violence incidents.

Road to Resilience: Recovery and Resiliency: Building Community

Speakers expand further on the topics of recovery and resiliency.