San Bernardino County 12-2-15 Terrorist Attack AAR and Legacy Report
On December 2, 2015 San Bernardino County experienced a devastating act of terrorism that was unique in the United States at the time. The attack simultaneously exhibited characteristics of organized terrorism, workplace violence, and countless active shooter incidents. Although there were correlations between San Bernardino County’s experience and other incidents, few previous incidents had the complexities of all those characteristics. The County was the employer of one of the perpetrators and all but one of the victims. It was also the provider of essential and mandated government services that had been targeted.
An Organizational Review of San Bernardino County’s Response to the December 2, 2015 Terrorist Attack
Following the attack and through its enduring road to recovery, the County embarked on an effort to document and review its experiences and the many actions taken to respond to the attack, care for the victims, and position the County toward recovery. The result of that effort is An Organizational Review of San Bernardino County’s Response to the December 2, 2015 Terrorist Attack authored by CPARS Consulting.
The 12/2/15 Terrorist Attack Legacy Report
Although there were correlations between San Bernardino County’s experience and other incidents, there was no definitive resource available to guide San Bernardino County through the unforeseeable and unprecedented challenges it would face. With the support of CPARS Consulting, San Bernardino County attempted to fill some of that void for other organizations and jurisdictions with The 12/2/15 Terrorist Attack Legacy Report.
The Legacy Report provides lessons learned and considerations from San Bernardino County’s experience that may benefit the preparedness, response, and/or recovery efforts of your organization or jurisdiction. It is not intended to be prescriptive (i.e., telling you what decisions to make or actions to take), but instead, is intended to help your organization anticipate the nature and urgency of the decisions and actions it may face. San Bernardino County and CPARS hope this document will reduce elements of surprise, will simplify the complexities associated with these horrible experiences, and will make your organization’s decisions more proactive and informed.