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03B – Active Shooter Preparedness in the Healthcare Environment

Monday, March 23rd

About the Session

During this session, the presenter will provide an overview of resiliency theories and use the conceptual model of disaster resiliency to ground the discussion in the cycle of emergency management. He will focus on decision-making, creative problem solving and ethics, and will discuss how linkages between capability building during the stages of mitigation, planning, and preparedness will align with specific capacities enhanced during response and short-term recovery. He also will share examples from case studies and elucidate planning and preparedness activities and processes in healthcare settings, including more structured, systemic, organizational, operational and tactical considerations. Furthermore, the presenter will explain how diverse groups of stakeholders contribute to those processes. Attendees will explore how to develop specific adaptive capabilities through scenario and case study visualization during events of high unpredictability, risk and consequence, and low probability.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover how to discern four stages of an emergency management cycle and plot active shooter capabilities that can be developed in healthcare settings during two of those stages.
  • Identify five vulnerabilities to active shooter threats in healthcare settings and identify one protective/preparedness action to mitigate each.


Presented By

Mark V. Denham

Regional Security Director
Memorial Hermann Health System