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AlerT and Run-Hide-Fight

As one of the pioneers of Run-Hide-Fight, I am frequently asked why I created AlerT (Assess, lockdown, evade, resist, Tell).  It was a major decision, but after much deliberation and research, I decided to re-engineer SafePlans’ entire active shooter response training...

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Key Takeaways from the Washington Post School Lockdown Report

The Washington Post reports that over 4 million children across the United States endured lockdowns during the 2017-18 school year. Washington Post School Lockdown Report According to the FBI, active shooter attacks continue to increase, and schools are the second...

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5 Essential Elements of Active Shooter Prevention

5 Essential Elements of Active Shooter Prevention - Response, alone, is not enough Emergency preparedness efforts that begin and end with “response” are simply not sustainable. As emergency planners, we must account for the full spectrum of preparedness. We developed...

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SafePlans to Host AlerT In-House Training Seminar

Active Shooter Defense Training hosted by SafePlans on March 7th, 2019 - Palm Harbor, FL (Limited Spots Available!) AlerT In-House Train-the-Trainer Seminar in Palm Harbor, FL   The response to the launch of our AlerT website has been overwhelming – with hundreds of...

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How to Talk With Kids About Active Shooter Incidents

How to Talk With Kids About Active Shooter Incidents [With Resources for Parents and Teachers] This post is a guide for how to talk with kids about active-shooter events. Additional Resources can be found at the bottom of this page. The truth is, bad people sometimes...

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Take the Situational Awareness Challenge

Situational Awareness s especially important in active shooter response training and why our system is called “AlerT.”

“Situational Awareness” is a term that is commonly referenced in active shooter response training and the Homeland Security “See Something – Say Something” campaign. While the phrase “Situational Awareness” or “SA” is referenced, rarely is it explained. SA is the ability to observe and interpret what is happening around you and project potential outcomes.

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SenseMaking and Active Shooter Response

Why SenseMaking is an Important Element of Active Shooter Response Training There is no one magic response to an active shooter type attack; you first have to assess and make sense of the situation. This is why the "A" in "AlerT" stands for "assess" and just another...

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