Last Resort Survival

Lead Instructor:  Alon Stivi
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What do you do to save yourself and others when you cannot escape and an Active Shooter is forcing his way through the door of your classroom or office intent on killing you (not to take you hostage)?

The techniques and tactics thought in this module are truly LAST RESORT SURVIVAL MEASURES, where you have only two choices, (1) do nothing and die or (2) respond as a team, using "Collective Resistance", and fight for survival.

When it comes to survival there is no margin for errors and every delay can be fatal. Not knowing what to do will cause panic and waste precious time. In order to act decisively in life threatening circumstances we must trust that the training we received will actually work.

The Last Resort Active Shooter Survival Measures module teaches valuable reality-based lessons in a no-nonsense format and provides step-by-step specific instructions of attack countermeasures that can save lives.


  •  Preparing for the Shooter:
    • Defending the room - Understand the difference between cover and concealment.
    • Defense-In-Depth / Layering Obstacles
    • Weapons of Survival - How to use ordinary objects to slow down the impact of a bullet.
    • Assuming Leadership Position - How to take charge during a crisis.
    • Looking Outside The Door - How to get out of the shooter’s kill zone.
  • Disrupting the Shooter:
    • Counter Intrusion Tactics - Learn what to do and not do when the Shooter enters your room.
    • Setting Up the Trap - Learn how a Shooter thinks and how to use this knowledge against them.
    • Controlling the Hands
    • Exercise: preparing for the Active Shooter
  • Stopping the Killer:
    • Watch the astonishing life and death difference between taking action to save yourself or just hiding under a table.
    • Learn what to do during the critical few seconds of the attack to save yourself and others.
    • Learn how to outdo the Shooter’s frame of reference and gain the upper hand.
    • Learn how to work as a team and collectively stop the Shooter’s attack.
  • Encounter with Aggressor
    • Preparing By The Door
    • Stopping the shooter from one side of the door
    • Stopping the shooter from both side of the door
    • Exercise: Responding to an Active Shooter
    • Using Necessary Force
    • Weapon Disarmament and Control
    • Tying Down The Shooter
    • Confronting Two Shooters
    • Hallways Confrontation
    • The Winning Mindset

Lesson Specs

Lesson Goals

  1. Understand the Course topic
  2. Refine your ability to execute the techniques presented in the Course
  3. Become familiar with drills that can be used to develop your skills
  4. Achieve significant proficiency in the material


  1. Watch the Lesson
  2. Take notes on key aspects
  3. Bookmark key points in the Lesson
  4. Ask questions on the Forum
  5. Use Lesson resources to supplement your knowledge

Lesson Chapters

  1. Preparing to Face the Unthinkable
  2. Preparing for the Active Shooter
  3. Preparing for the Intrusion
  4. Fighting for Survival
  5. Stopping the Killer
  6. Understanding the Risks
  7. Life Is Beautiful

Lead Instructor

Alon Stivi

Alon Stivi is the CEO of Direct Measures International (DMI), a provider of in security consultancy, tactical training and protective services to the private and public sectors. He is a recognized authority on security, dignitary protection, travel safety, counterterrorism, mass violence prevention and survival.

He is the founder of ACT Cert® (Attack Countermeasures Training Certification) online learning university and the developer of the Mass Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival course, the only training program of its kind certified and funded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Alon has emigrated to the U.S. from Israel after serving in an elite unit of the IDF. He is a combat veteran of the 1982 Lebanon War and has trained troops for combat in the areas of small unit tactics, airborne operations, close combat and emergency medicine.


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Last Resort Survival

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