Homeland Security and Emergency Services


New York State School Violence/ Active Shooter Resource Guide


The New York State School Violence/ Active Shooter Resource Guide provides schools and their public safety partners options to consider related to all phases of readiness for active shooter incidents, to include: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

The guide is intended to serve as a framework to help inform planning and operational decisions, and not a step by step list of instructions or requirements for every school. The information in this guide is derived from best practices, federal and state guidance, and other relevant resources. The guide includes several options to consider, but it is ultimately up to the school and their planning partners to determine which options are most viable based on the threat environment, available resources, previous experience, and other factors.

This guide is also designed to help ensure collaboration between schools and their public safety partners, to include emergency management, law enforcement, and other stakeholders involved in planning for active shooter incidents.

The document was developed collaboratively by the New York State Emergency Management Association (NYSEMA), New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), New York State Police, and the New York State Education Department (NYSED).