New Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Standards released. What does it mean for your business?

New Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Standards released. What does it mean for your business?

October 1st, 2017 - Las Vegas

November 5th, 2017 - Sutherland Springs 

February 14th, 2018 - Parkland, Florida

These dates will forever be etched in the memory of those who survived an active shooter event and for the rest of us serve as a reminder that an Active Shooter or Hostile Event (AS/HE) can occur at anytime and any place without warning. The above locations happened at an outdoor concert festival, a church, and a school. Other recent events have occurred at a night club, college, movie theater, and workplaces. 

Therefore, these AS/HE events are no longer what we would call unique. Unfortunately they are happening with greater and more devastating frequency. Any location, community, or area that experiences an AS/HE event will be dealing with a long-term response and recovery process that we are only now starting to understand how to deal with. 

In response to the rise of these AS/HE events, the National Fire Protection Association came out on May 1st with NFPA 3000, Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. This provisional standard assists communities in developing a consistent standard that prepares for, responds to, and recovers from a mass casualty event such as an active shooter or a terrorism incident. 

Recent incidents have shown that there are deficiencies in the way that responding agencies react and ultimately recover from an AS/HE event. NFPA 3000 provides the first ever guidance that assists communities, businesses, and organizations  in the run up to preparedness, how agencies should respond, and how communities can band together collectively on the long road to recovery. 

While the principals that are released in this new standard are not new to those in the first responder and emergency management world, concepts such as unified command, response and recovery, civilian and first responder considerations may be the first time businesses, community leaders, and organizations are exposed to these concepts. The tremendous machine that works in the background during an event like this can be overwhelming even to the most well prepared community. NFPA 3000 seeks to take the best practices from those who have experienced an AS/HE event and pass them on. 

Ready Northwest offers active shooter education and training that is in line with the new NFPA 3000 standard for Active Shooter and Hostile Event Response. Our trainers are emergency management and law enforcement trained, who have responded to active shooter events in the past. If you would like your business or organization to be NFPA 3000 compliant, use the contact page or email 

We hope this event will never have to occur in your lifetime or in your community, but if it does, we strive to make sure that all those affected understand their role during the response and the long term recovery. 

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