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NFPA 3000™ (PS), Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program, will be available for purchase tomorrow. When I spoke with NFPA 3000 technical committee members while they were at NFPA headquarters in March, many common themes emerged, including the fact that it takes communities years to recover from active shooter or hostile events.
Below is an excerpt from the section of my NFPA Journal feature article on NFPA 3000 that discusses the recovery component of these incidents.
In March, when I asked [Las Vegas Special Operations Chief Craig] Cooper how Las Vegas was doing almost six months after the Mandalay Bay shooting, the first thing he said was “Vegas Strong”—a slogan that has come to embody the city’s sense of resiliency after the shooting in the same way “Boston Strong” did after the marathon bombing. Then he provided a more detailed answer laced with a heavier dose of reality. “It’s not something that’s going to be forgotten overnight,” Cooper said. “I could have never imagined it to be as far-reaching as it was. … There are people who weren’t even at the event who had friends there, and as they start telling the story of their friends, they start crying. It affects the entire community.”
The far-reaching and long-lasting nature of these events, which one NFPA 3000 committee member likened to “tentacles,” was a common thread in my conversations with those who came from communities that had experienced recent or large-scale incidents. …
To address this challenge, NFPA 3000 instructs communities to be prepared for recovery before an incident occurs. Plans need to be in place, for example, to provide mental health treatment to first responders and to set up a recovery center for victims and victim families, rather than scrambling to plan and implement these resources after the fact. These were lessons learned in Orlando. “That scene didn’t end in three or four hours—that scene continues today,” Drozd told me in an interview one year after the Pulse shooting.
Read the full article here.