Ten people were killed and another 10 injured during an active shooter event at a high school in southeastern Texas today, according to CNN. The latest tragic incident comes just 17 days after NFPA released NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program to help entire communities organize, manage, communicate, and sustain an active shooter/hostile event preparedness, response, and recovery program.
In the wake of the tragedy at Santa Fe High School, Governor Greg Abbott called for policymakers and other authorities to do more. According to CNN, Abbott said, “"We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It's time in Texas that we take action to step up and make sure this tragedy is never repeated ever again."
NFPA 3000™ (PS) was developed at the request of first responders following a previous active shooter event. The new body of knowledge provides guidelines for integrated, proactive, practiced, whole community strategies.
The first of its kind standard was developed by a 50-member Technical Committee made up of representatives from law enforcement, fire, medical, education, facility management, private security and government agencies including the FBI, DHS, DOJ and more. During the fast-tracked standards development process, committee members provided invaluable job perspective and insight from horrific mass casualty incidents including Sandy Hill, Mandala Bay, Pulse Nightclub, and the Boston Marathon.
As Governor Abbot stated today, it’s time to do more to reduce active shooter/hostile event risk, improve unified response and ensure that authorities are working together before, during and after the unthinkable happens.
While we cannot prevent these tragedies from occurring, we can do more to help communities prepare, respond and recover more effectively. For more information on resources to support communities visit www.nfpa.org/3000news.