Active Shooter Preparedness: How to Safeguard Your Workforce

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Preparing employees for an active shooter incident is an integral component of an organization’s emergency response planning. Because active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, preparing in advance and knowing what to do can be the difference between life and death.

Join our complimentary webinar featuring experts from the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. We’ll focus on providing awareness training to employees in support of your emergency action plan. We’ll discuss best practices on communications protocols and resources to enhance your organization’s planning, preparedness, and response to an active shooter event.


  • Learn the elements every active shooter incident response plan should include
  • Understand common behaviors, conditions, and situations associated with active shooter events
  • Discuss how to recognize potential workplace violence indicators
  • Discover best practices, communications protocols, and resources to enhance your planning, preparedness, and response


Alan Metzler
Senior Advisor and Instructor Active Assailant Security Branch Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Alan Metzler is a career national security professional with over 34 years of experience in national defense, homeland security, and public safety. He is currently serving as a Senior Advisor and Active Shooter Workshop Series Instructor supporting the Active Assailant Security Branch in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in DHS. Mr. Metzler has served in a variety of leadership positions and operational commands, establishing a record of mission success in the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the U.S. Air Force.

Susan Schneider
Branch Chief, Active Assailant Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Susan Schneider currently serves as the Chief of Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Active Assailant Security Branch within the Infrastructure Security Division. In that role she leads the efforts in the development of tools and resources to mitigate the threats to public gathering events and locations. This includes risk mitigation support to public gathering locations; and training on topics including active shooter preparedness; suspicious activity reporting; vehicle ramming; and houses of worship security.

Prior to this, she served as the Section Chief for Operational Analysis in the National Risk Management Center within CISA. In this role, she helped lead a strategic,cross-sector risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure in coordination with government and the private sector. Key areas of focus included vulnerability and risk assessments; all-hazards crisis management; and all-source intelligence analysis.

Ms. Schneider has over twenty years of military and federal experience in the United States government. Prior to the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. Schneider was a Security Forces Member and a Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. She investigated felony criminal acts, conducted protective service operations, and led anti-terrorism initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Park University and a Master of Arts in Executive Leadership from Liberty University.

Daniel Rivera
Deputy Branch Chief, Active Assailant Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Daniel Rivera assists with leading active shooter preparedness efforts serving as the Deputy Branch Chief of Active Assailant Security within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In this capacity, Mr. Rivera identifies, develops, executes, and measures active shooter awareness training aimed at enhancing security and resilience. The initiatives executed within the program include those relating to online training, outreach products, and field executed training workshops.

Mr. Rivera previously served as the Senior Security Specialist, within the Dams Sector-Specific Agency, where he was responsible delivering a wide range of best practices corresponding to physical-cyber security and resilience. Responsibilities included executing the sector-specific agency roles as prescribed by Presidential Policy Directive 21 and the 2013 National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Prior to joining the Department, Mr. Rivera worked for the Department of Defense where he served as both an operator and instructor for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), where he provided subject matter expertise to advance mission critical programs.

He is a veteran of the United States Airforce, and a current member of the U.S Air Force Reserves.

Holly Mockus
Senior Industry Analyst, Intertek Alchemy

With over 30 years of industry experience at companies like Conagra, Kellogg, and Sara Lee, Holly helps Intertek Alchemy to create world class workforce development solutions for large, complex operations within the manufacturing industry. Holly has held positions in quality assurance, sanitation, food safety, and plant regulatory affairs. She was honored to receive the Safe Quality Food Institute’s Outstanding Achievement Award, was named one of Food Logistics’ 2016 “Champions of the Supply Chain,” and has served on several working groups with groups like GFSI, and GMA. Holly is passionate about the importance of training for frontline manufacturing workers.

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