Media Advisory: Mayor Peduto Joins UnitedOnGuns and Everytown for Gun Safety Mayors Against Illegal Guns to Launch Mass Shooting Protocol and Playbook

PITTSBURGH, PA (November 18, 2021) Mayor William Peduto will be speaking at the Everytown for Gun Safety Mayors Against Illegal Guns University (MAIGU) today for the launch of the Mass Shooting Protocol and Playbook. A year after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Mayor Peduto was a leader in proposing the need for mayors and city managers to have a resource, protocol, checklist and playbook to respond to mass shootings.  

The City of Pittsburgh worked with UnitedOnGuns, an initiative of the Public Health Advocacy Institute at Northeastern University School of Law, and mayors and first responders from cities that have shared the trauma of mass shoots, including Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, TX, Orlando, FL, Parkland, FL and San Bernadino, CA.  

Through partnership and collaboration with these cities, two protocol documents have been produced to assist local leaders in responding to mass shootings. The first is the First 24 Hours Mass Shooting Protocol, which guides mayors through rapid response and provides a checklist for immediate actions. The Mass Shooting Protocol is available here.  

The second document produced is the Mass Shooting Playbook, which provides over 200 pages of guidance that mayors can use to prepare for, respond to and help survivors, families and communities recover from a mass shooting. A copy of the Mass Shooting Playbook is available here.  

Today, Mayor Peduto will join Orlando Chief of Staff Heather Fagan, Director of the Office of the Dayton City Commission Torey Hollingsworth, ICPTTA Project Director Tara Hughes, and Protocol co-author Sarah C. Peck for a MAIG University on November 18 at 2pm to 3:30pm EDT. The expert panel will discuss the role of a mayor’s office following a mass shooting, best practices based on their experience, and the importance of scheduling a tabletop exercise.  

Registration for the event can be found here.  


Everytown for Gun Safety requests that any media submit any direct quotes of speakers to them before publication.  
Everytown for Gun Safety Media Contact:  
Adam Sege 




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Molly Onufer
Communications Director
Mayor's Office