Building a More Secure LAX: How the 2013 Active Shooter Incident Shaped the Future of Public Safety

Yesterday, March 18, 2014, The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Officials released a report on the response and recovery efforts following the November 1, 2013 active shooter incident at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). This 83 page document analyzes the 26 areas of the emergency response and recovery efforts covering topics such as public safety, incident command, response operations, as well as emergency management and preparedness.

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) directed LAWA staff to prepare a comprehensive review of response and recovery efforts. This report includes: what happened, what could have been prevented, what response efforts worked well, and what areas of emergency management need improvement.  It also incorporates an improvement plan based upon recommendations drawn from lessons learned during the incident.

The BOAC President, Sean Burton, stated that the implementation of the recommendations put forth in this report has already started and some significant changes and improvements have already been made to the security at LAX.

For more information about the armed assault at LAX, check out this fact sheet, published by The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), as well as the initial HSDL blog post about the event, published November 5, 2013.


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