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. Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aim 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. More information can be found at the Department of Homeland Security website.

Planning Guide

This tool can help with initial steps towards creating an active shooter preparedness plan.

Plan Template

This template documents basic information recommended for an effective emergency action plan. Organizations are encouraged to consider their unique circumstances and/or structure to ensure a more comprehensive plan. 


This video demonstrates possible actions to take if confronted with a active shooter scenario. The instructive video reviews the choices of evacuating, hiding, or, as an option of last resort, challenging the shooter. To visit the video website go to: