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AlerT Active Shooter Defense – FAQ

This post addresses some of the most common questions we get regarding our AlerT active shooter defense training program.

This FAQs page explains:


  • What sets AlerT active shooter defense apart from other popular trainings
  • Costs associated with training
  • Where you can go to get certified
  • How the AlerT active shooter defense training certification works
  • And more!
AlerT Active Shooter Defense - Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about AlerT Active Shooter Defense 


How does AlerT differ from other Active Shooter Defense Training?


AlerT is currently the only options-based active shooter defense program that accounts for the full spectrum of emergency preparedness – as defined by FEMA.

Most popular active shooter defense programs rely largely on the response protocol, which is simply not sustainable.

Is Active Shooter Defense Training required by law?


Currently there is not law requirement for organizations to implement an active shooter defense program; however, organizations are required by law to adhere to OSHA’s General Duty Clause.


Additionally, schools are expected to adhere to certain best practices, with regard to safety. Options-based active shooter defense training is suggested as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Education.


AlerT active shooter defense is designed to comply with OSHA’s General Duty Clause, as well as the National Standard of Care – defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

How much time does AlerT training take?


The AlerT active shooter defense program utilizes several different training methods to accommodate the needs of all organizations. The time it takes to train is dependent upon the training approach and number of trainees.


Visit our Training Options page to see which option will work best for you.


How much does Active Shooter Training cost?


AlerT resources are available to users at no cost. Users are permitted to integrate these resources into their current emergency operations program so long as they adhere to our Creative Commons guidelines.


However, costs are variable for actual training – cost of AlerT training depends upon the desired approach as well as the organization’s size.


Contact us for more information on the cost of AlerT training options.


Where can I go to get certified as an AlerT trainer?


Our parent company, SafePlans, frequently hosts Train-the-Trainer seminars at the SafePlans’s HQ, in Palm Harbor, FL. Register or sign up for our newsletter for updates on in-house trainings.


Additionally, we can come to you to conduct a training.


Once you have completed the AlerT Train-the-Trainer program, you will be required to take a test covering the main concepts of AlerT. You must pass with a score of 70% or higher to obtain your certification as an AlerT Trainer.


We will also certify trainers who hold certifications from other popular active shooter response/defense programs – ALICE, ALERRT, CRASE, Standard Response Protocol, etc.


Do you offer free Active Shooter Defense Training?


We do not offer free AlerT training; however, we do provide active shooter defense resources at no cost under a Creative Commons license.


Visit our registry page to access AlerT Active Shooter Defense resources.


Are the resources on your site free?


Yes, AlerT Active Shooter Defense resources are available at no cost to users. Simply register your name and email.


Once you are registered you will have immediate access to resources – all available for download; updated frequently.


Is Run-Hide-Fight an effective Active Shooter Response program?


Run-Hide-Fight has been the standard active shooter preparedness program for many organizations. However, as the tactics of active shooters/assailants continue to evole – so should our training.


AlerT is the evolution of Run-Hide-Fight – accounting for the full spectrum of preparedness: active shooter prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.


Can I get certified as an AlerT trainer if I am already certified with another organization?


Yes. Trainers certified through other organizations can opt to pay a small fee and test out for AlerT certification.


You must pass with a score of 70% or higher.


What is Situational Awareness?


Situational Awareness is the foundational element of AlerT active shooter defense training.


When we are situationally aware, we are able to better process and interpret our surroundings and make predict the outcomes of certain situations.


What does options-based active shooter defense training mean?


Options-based training is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as a best practice guidance for schools in the event of an active-shooter situation.


Options empower people to take action in times of crisis instead of remaining passive.


AlerT active shooter response options are as follows:


  • lockdown – when you are in indirect contact with an attacker, you can secure your area, and the exit leads to danger
  • evade – when you have no direct contact with an attacker and you have a clear path of escape
  • resist – when you are in direct contact with the attacker and there is no clear path of escape


Do you conduct practical active shooter drills and exercises during AlerT training?


Practical drills can be incorporated into AlerT training as part of our Focused Training, Train-the-Trainer, and Enterprise Training seminars.


We can also conduct safety and security assessments and provide custom preparedness solutions to organizations or schools needing additional services.

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