Active Shooter Situations: Describing Unique Challenges Involved in Preparing
for, Responding to and Recovering from a School-Based or Postsecondary
Presenters: Katherine Schweit, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Calvin
Hodnett, U.S. Department of Justice
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On Thursday, August 15, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office of
Safe and Healthy Students (OSHS) and its Readiness and Emergency Management for
Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center within the Office of Elementary
and Secondary Education (OESE) hosted the second webinar in a series designed to
provide an in-depth review of the “A Closer Look” section of the Obama
Administration’s recently released
Guide for Developing
High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans and
Guide for Developing
High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education.
The new Guides, developed by ED in collaboration with the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS), led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA);
and the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ), led by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI); and Health and Human Services (HHS), represent the
culmination of years of work by the Federal government.
This 60-minute webinar provided information designed to enhance the development
and implementation of emergency operations plans (EOPs) for schools and
institutions of higher education (IHEs) in active shooter situations.
The webinar emphasized the unique challenges involved in preparing for,
responding to, and recovering from a shooting incident at a school or an IHE.
Ms. Katherine Schweit, a Supervisory Special Agent for the FBI and former state
prosecutor, co-presented the session. Ms. Schweit was a part of the White House
working group that authored the Guides and currently coordinates active
shooter initiatives for the FBI. The second presenter, Mr. Calvin Hodnett,
is a Senior Management Analyst for the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing
Services (COPS). Mr. Hodnett was also a part of the working group that developed
the Guides. He has extensive special project experience and is currently
responsible for developing training materials and for providing technical
assistance to support school-based law enforcement nationwide. Prior to joining
COPS, Mr. Hodnett held positions within the Departments of Public Safety at the
State University of New York and at Northeastern University.
The webinar provided an overview of:
- the key principles for developing a comprehensive active shooter EOP
for a school or IHE;
- the planning process for developing, implementing, and refining these EOPs; and
- the form, function, and content of a school EOP.
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