Active Shooter: What You Can Do

Self Paced
Where: Online


Random acts of violence while visiting a park or recreation facility is unthinkable; however, recent events have shown us that an active shooter situation can occur at any time, and at any place. In recent years, active shooter incidents have occurred across America in schools, malls, movie theaters, concerts, bars, and workplaces, among other places. We have learned through these incidents that it is important to be prepared at all times, wherever we are.

This course will help volunteers, partners, and employees of parks and recreation agencies prepare for an active shooter situation. An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. There is usually no pattern or method to their actions, and since the situation often evolves quickly and is over within minutes, we must be prepared to react quickly and deal with these situations until law enforcement personnel arrive. This course will help you serve as the eyes and ears of the park during an active shooter situation, and will help prepare you to protect the park’s visitors in the event of such a tragedy.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  • Describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials
  • Recognize potential workplace violence indicators
  • Describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents
  • Describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident


There is no prior experience or special skills required to take this course, but it may be particularly helpful for managers and supervisors in parks and recreation agencies.

This course is self-paced to allow you greater flexibility. You are free to move at your own speed, and you decide the order and progression in which you move through the course. You can also revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Real-life examples
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Active Shooter Incidents
  • Understanding Active Shooter Incidents
  • Active Shooter Profile
  • Responding to an Active Shooter Incident
  • Preparing for an Active Shooter Incident
  • Following up after an Active Shooter Incident


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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