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Extreme Violence Survival   

You may have a plan in place for protecting your family at home or have some training in self-defense.  However, have you considered the possibility of being confronted by a killer at work or at school? Would you know what to do to protect yourself and others if this happens? Are you a parent or grandparent of a high-school or college student? Do your children have the necessary training to survive an Active Shooter or terrorist attack on campus?

The repeat occurrence of Active Shooter and terrorist attacks remains a threat to public safety. The risk of violence in the workplace is a serious concern and schools are particularly vulnerable.

Specific preparation and advanced training are needed to address these threats effectively.

Understanding the warning signs reduce vulnerabilities and knowing how to respond effectively increases survivability during Active Shooter and terror incidents.

The ACT Cert™ Extreme Violence Survival course provides the most comprehensive training in Personal Protection from Active Shooters and terrorist threats.

This course provides up-to-date information and practical guidelines for personal security and teaches step-by-step attack countermeasures that can save lives.

The information provided in this course is designed to enhance, complete or complement existing self-defense training and can be adapted at work and school or anywhere else.

The focus of the course curriculum is two-fold: protection and response.

Upon successful completion of the ACT Cert™ Extreme Violence Survival course, you will master proven methods for recognizing signs of dangers and avoiding violence – greatly reducing the chances that you will ever be involved in a dangerous situation. You will also know exactly how to respond in the event of an attack to protect yourself and others.

In the ACT Cert™ Extreme Violence Survival course you will learn:

  • The Survival Mindset and how to cultivate it.
  • The 4 phases of the Violence Escalation Process.
  • How to recognize someone who may be concealing weapons.
  • In depth case studies and statistics of school and workplace violence incidents.
  • Common violence trends and how knowing these trends may help you prevent violence.
  • 4 easy to learn critical steps you must know in order to effectively respond to an emergency.
  • What a Critical Time Gap (CTG) is and how knowing this could save lives, including your own.
  • The tactics and techniques used by active shooters and what you can do to protect yourself.  
  • How to rapidly barricade a classroom or an office and prevent an active shooter from entering.
  • What law enforcement may do during a crisis and the risks they may face in trying to help you.
  • How to communicate essential information to first responders in an active shooter situation.
  • How to safely interact with first responders and understand their instructions under duress.
  • How to overcome the “Communication Challenge” and stay informed during a crisis.
  • How to evacuate safely during active shooter and terrorist threats (not your typical fire drill).
  • How to recognize the sound of gunfire and determine the location of shooter/s.
  • Simple and effective, last resort, collective resistance and survival strategies to use when faced with an active shooter bent on destruction.
  • And a lot more!

Understanding the Risks Module Price: free

Active Shooter and Terrorist attacks follow predictable patterns. To understand the risks, we must be familiar with the latest violence trends. The Lessons Learned from past incidents provides valuable insights of the motives and methods used by Active Shooters and terrorists.

Warning Signs Module Price: $75.00

Acts of violence and Active Shooter attacks are not random or unpredictable. They are often the outcome of a long process and provide warning signs that are often ignored or misunderstood.

In order to prevent attacks, we must recognize risk factors, violence tendencies and behavioral indicators. Understanding attack pre-cursors provide early warning and can allow institutions to help troubled individuals and prevent attacks. Recognizing improvised, concealed and disguised weapons and knowing how to communicate security concerns is essential.

Being Prepared Module Price: $75.00

To anticipate dangerous circumstances we must understand when and where confrontations occur. Being prepared and adopting preventive measures helps creates the perception of a secure environment. This is essential to the deterrence of potential threats and can also enhance response capabilities.

Effective Response Module Price: $75.00

In life threatening circumstances, we automatically resort to employing skills and a plan of action that have been practiced previously. We have no time, nor the presence of mind, to plan and execute a new course of action when under duress. Pre-incident training in effective response improves personal safety.

Last Resort Survival Module Price: $95.00

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.

Course Specs
This course is comprised of five modules that can be purchased individually from each module's detail page or together at a discount by clicking below:
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There is a 10% discount for course purchases of 10 or more.
Module List
Understanding the Risks
Warning Signs
Being Prepared
Effective Response
Last Resort Survival
Course 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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