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Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival   

School staff and business managers have recurrent experiences with angry and potentially assaultive students and employees. Understanding the warning signs and preventive behavior reduces vulnerabilities. Knowing how to respond effectively can minimize casualties during violent situations.

Past incidents have shown that immediate action by people on scene is the most effective way to stop the violence. A decisive and proactive response will increase the chances of survival. Pre-incident training can significantly improve prevention and response capabilities.

The ACT Cert™ Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival course teaches effective Prevention & Response.

The course addresses the essential functions of the “First Preventers” in recognizing risks and reporting early warning signs of violence. Best practices on how to effectively implement security measures to deter potential attackers and improve preparedness are also taught.

The course also explicitly addresses the crucial role of the “On-Location Responders” (staff, faculty, management and campus security) during the initial moments of an Active Shooter incident prior to law enforcement intervention, when most casualties occur (the first 10 minutes).

This course covers early identification of warning signs, recognition of potentially dangerous situations; environmental factors associated with violence risk and advanced security awareness skills. Knowing what to expect during Active Shooter incidents and safe interaction and communication with responding officers are also taught. Participants learn how to rapidly assess the threat, use cover and evacuate safely when possible, and how to barricade and hide from the shooter. Step-by-step instructions for fighting and disarming the shooter and last resort survival measures are clearly demonstrated.

In the ACT Cert Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival course you will learn:

To understand mass violence

  • The Critical Time Gap (CTG) and its importance
  • The 4 phases of the Violence Escalation Process
  • Identification of concealed and disguised weapons
  • Recognizing risk factors among students and employees
  • The warning signs of danger - predicting imminent attacks
  • Definitions and distinctions of internal and external threats
  • Who are the violent ones? - Violence tendency behavioral indicators
  • In depth case studies and statistics of Active Shooter and terrorist incidents
  • Threat assessment – understanding the attack planning and preparation cycle
  • How do violent people attack? - Most common tactics used by Active Shooters

To lessen the likelihood of violence

  • Reporting suspicious activities
  • Information sharing guidelines
  • Cultivating the Survival Mindset
  • Identifying surveillance attempts
  • Security planning and procedures
  • Bomb threat management guidelines
  • Hostile intent detection and evaluation
  • Crisis communication skills and challenges
  • De-escalation and regulation of a violent confrontation
  • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)
  • Law enforcement liaisons - building on community partnerships

To respond to violent situations

  • Recognize the sound of gunfire and determine the location of shooter/s
  • Hiding techniques, Lockdown procedures and office / room barricading
  • Safe evacuation procedures for active shooter and terrorist incidents
  • Simple and effective Last Resort Active Shooter Survival Measures
  • Safe reunification zones and procedures                  
  • Lock Down and barricading procedures
  • Safe interaction with First Responders

The ACT Cert™ Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival course is comprised of 6 interactive learning modules and a test. A passing grade on the test results in certification for the taker.

  1. Trends & Potentials
  2. Indicators & Warnings
  3. Prevention
  4. Preparedness
  5. Response
  6. Last Resort Survival
  7. Testing & Certification

Trends and Potentials

Active Shooter and terrorist attacks have a profound effect on educational institutions, businesses and local communities. To understand the risks we need to be familiar with the latest trends of violence and terrorism. The Lessons Learned from past incidents provides valuable insights of the motives and methods used by Active Shooters and terrorists.

Indicators and Warnings

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.

Identifying signs of dangers and understanding attack pre-cursors provide early warning and can help institutions help troubled individuals and prevent attacks. Knowing how to identify, correlate and share Essential Elements of Information (EEI) in a timely manner is essential.


Schools, hospitals and businesses must take pro-active measures to anticipate dangerous circumstances and mitigate security risks before they occur. Being prepared and using 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. Creating a safe learning and working environment significantly affects productivity and overall success.


To protect employees and students from internal or external threats organizations need to have All Hazards Emergency Operations Plans (EOP) that addresses all phases of the violence cycle. Implementing effective EOP begins with specifically trained individuals whose responsibilities coincide with a streamlined incident management function. Integrating the principles of the ICS/NIMS into your EOP help organizations comply with government mandates and establish best-practice emergency management standards.


In order to survive Active Shooter or terrorist attacks, people at the scene must be able to work together and take immediate actions. In life threatening circumstances, we automatically resort to employing skills and a plan 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

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 six modules, a test and a certification. The course can be purchased by clicking below. There is also a Hybrid Training option that combines the online course with hands-on training. Click here to learn more!

Note: completion of a pre-test is required before viewing each module.

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There is a 10% discount for course purchases of 10 or more.
Module List
Trends and Potentials
Indicators and Warnings
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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