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Education Resources

Below are additional resources which can you use to educate yourself and others on being prepared for acts of mass violence.


NSI Public Awareness Video

The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative (NSI) is a joint collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners. NSI has developed an informative video which is a great resource to increase public awareness for suspicious activity

Public Awareness Video


Avoid Deny Defend

Since 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)™ Program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations.  Over the years we’ve seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase.  As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what individuals can do protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Avoid | Deny |Defend™ has been developed as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow.  As we’ve seen that hiding and hoping isn’t a very effective strategy.

Avoid Deny Defend


Active Shooter Preparedness

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. DHS aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. To access the most applicable information, please select one of the provided categories.

Active Shooter Preparedness


FBI Resources 

The FBI is committed to working with its partners to protect schools, workplaces, houses of worship, transportation centers, other public gathering sites, and communities. Shortly after the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012, the FBI sought ways its personnel could better assist its law enforcement partners.

 FBI Resources


See Something Say Something Resources

Local residents know better than anyone else what is out of place. Be aware yet fair. Avoid stereotyping and profiling. Behavior is emphasized over appearance. See Something Say Something is a National Department of Homeland Security national anti-terrorism campaign. The DHS website provides great resources to citizens and businesses. 

See Something Say Something Website


Suspicious Package Reference Guide

The Suspicious Package Reference Guide is a resource to provide education and awareness on how to identify and handle suspicious packages.


Phone Call Bomb Threat

The Department of Homeland Security has developed a bomb threat checklist a resources for handling telephone bomb threat


Plan Ahead for Disasters

Launched in February 2003, Ready.Gov is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters.


ICE Imposters

People and organizations are posing as ICE officers and agents attempting to gain some form of payment from victims for fraudulent immigration services. This is a criminal act.

These criminals identify themselves as federal law enforcement officers, employees or contractors of ICE or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and will ask for or demand money, sexual favors, or merchandise from the victim in exchange for lawful immigration status, immigration documents, or other immigration services. The documents are never provided, or if provided, are fake.