Regional Priorities

Vigilance Special Briefing

what is it about

Paris, San Bernardino, even K Street all remind us that we must be better prepared and more aware for the new threats that are facing our communities. President Obama spoke candidly about emerging threats and how we all must recognize new and troubling approaches.

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), American Red Cross, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade brought together top federal officials, the elected mayors and county executives from around metropolitan Washington, and our nationally-recognized police chiefs and special operations experts for a “Vigilance in the National Capital Region and the Active Shooter Threat” program.

This special briefing and guidance program was designed to immediately convene the business community. Among the confirmed presenters, FBI and law enforcement experts, will provide guidance on appropriate alerts, situational awareness and preparation recommendations.  


  • Joe Donovan, Director - Operational Risk, Beacon Capital
  • Carl Ghattas, Special Agent in Charge, Counter Terrorism Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation – Washington Field Office
  • Lamar GreeneAssistant Chief of the Homeland Security Bureau, Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia
  • Edwin Roessler, Chief of Police, Fairfax County Police Department
  • Matt Smith, Director of Security, Vornado/Charles E. Smith


  1. Active Shooter Plan Template: This template is a generic fill in the blank and customizable based on sections that may be applicable to your facility
  2. DHS Active Shooter Booklet: DHS’ quick easy to use booklet on Active Shooters
  3. DHS Active Shooter Poster: Quick reference guide which could be posted.
  4. WEBINAR: DHS 90 Minute webinar
  5. VIDEO: DHS Options for Consideration
  6. VIDEO: FBI Run, Hide, Fight 
  7. VIDEO: Check It!: Designed to raise the level of awareness for front line facility employees by highlighting the indicators of suspicious activity, this video provides information to help employees properly search bags in order to protect venues and patrons across the country.
  8. VIDEO: No Reservations: Suspicious Behavior in Hotels: Designed to raise the level of awareness for hotel employees by highlighting the indicators of suspicious activity, this video provides information to help employees identify and report suspicious activities and threats in a timely manner.
  9. VIDEO: What’s in Store: Ordinary People/Extraordinary Events: Designed to raise awareness for retail employees by highlighting the indicators of suspicious activity, this video provides information on identifying and reporting suspicious activity and threats at shopping centers and retail establishments. 
  10. Training on FEMA website: This will result in a certificate if you wanted to track employee’s completion
  11. Surveillance Awareness: The purpose of this course is to make employees aware of actions they can take to detect and report suspicious activities associated with adversarial surveillance.
  12. Workplace Violence: The goal of this course is to give employees awareness of violence in the workplace, how to recognize the warning signs, and what actions to take to prevent or minimize violence.
  13. FBI product: A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013
  14. From the FBI “Active Shooter Events from 2000 to 2012”.
  15. Mass Notification: Just a simple sheet I found which gives different examples for mass notification. 
  16. ARTICLE: “How to Warn Occupants”
  17. Connecting with the Fusion Center
  18. DC HSEMA’s Business Emergency Management Operations Center (BEMOC) Flyer.
  19. Employee Response to an Active Shooter Incident: A one page information bulletin on Active Shooter put together by the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center (WRTAC) or DC’s Fusion Center.
  20. This alert system is customizable and can give you information based on your wants and/or even geographic area. The National Capital Region alerts give you critical information during emergencies, with official notifications from your local public safety and emergency managers. The alerts will tell you where to go, what to do and how to stay informed and are available by text, email, cell phone, home land line, work phone, instant messaging or fax.
  21. iWatch: Reporting suspicious activity
    >>What is iWatch?
  22. Capital Shield: A program to help Washington DC be prepared not only to combat crime but also to address mass emergencies.