Scouts and Scouters are always on the go – in public places, in our communities, in parades, at service projects, and at camp. Unfortunately, acts of violence, including what is known as an active shooter or ambush attack, could occur at or near some of these activities.
We want you to be prepared, know what to do, and practice situational awareness at all times.
Being prepared obviously isn’t a new concept, but rather, it is an application of the principles of Scouting for an emerging risk.
Scouting teaches young people to take care of themselves, to be helpful to others, and to develop courage, self-reliance, and the ability to be ready to serve in an emergency.
The educational material and resources provided will allow all Scouts and Scouters to become informed, be prepared, and act promptly and appropriately in the event of such an emergency.
We encourage you to include this preparedness plan as part of completing the Emergency Preparedness award, either individually, or more importantly, as a unit.
The concepts are intentionally straightforward:
- Be aware of your surroundings, observant of others, and know where to find the two nearest exits.
- If confronted with violence, use the Department of Homeland Security recommended protocol: run, hide, fight.
- Know how to respond when law enforcement arrives.
- Be prepared to help others (know and practice first aid).
- Department of Homeland Security “Active Shooter Preparedness Program”
- Department of Homeland Security “Active Shooter: How to Respond Educational Booklet”
- Department of Homeland Security “Active Shooter Event: Quick Reference Guide Pamphlet”
- Department of Homeland Security “Active Shooter Pocket Card”