Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) School Active Shooter Exercise Program


March 2013 – Sept. 2018


Susan Mongold, Director of Office of Training and Exercises
Address: 10501 Trade Court, North Chesterfield, VA 23236
Phone: 804-897-9980 Email:


The Olson Group, Ltd. (OGL) was the prime contractor for a multi-year exercise contract with the Commonwealth of Virginia. OGL was responsible for the development, logistics, conduct and evaluation of local, regional and statewide exercises addressing the full range of natural and man-made hazards.

Over the contract period, OGL designed, developed, conducted and evaluated 14 active shooter exercises involving both primary and secondary school systems, including elementary, high school and college, and two (2) hospitals. Of these 14 exercises, four (4) of them were part of an exercise active shooter series. These series of exercises started with a tabletop exercise in which the local response agencies and particular school system discussed their active shooter plans and procedures and ended up with a full-scale exercise at a specific school where the participants demonstrated their ability to respond to an active shooter situation. Local law enforcement, fire, EMS, state agencies and school officials were active participants in the development, conduct and evaluation of the exercises. After-Action Reports were developed for each exercise, and several areas for improvement were identified, with pertinent plans and procedures being updated accordingly. All exercises provided valuable interactive learning opportunities for the local, regional, and state response agencies and school officials to enhance their capability as part of a coordinated and unified response to a school active shooter situation.


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