Active Attack Event Response

As discussed previously, your goal should always be the safety of yourself and others. Your company will have a more detailed explanation of exactly what steps they want you to take in an active attack.

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The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center is nationally known as setting the National Standard in Active Shooter Response Training by the FBI. They define an active attack as occurring when an individual or individuals are actively killing or attempting to kill multiple unrelated people in a public space. Avoid | Deny | Defendu2122 has been developed by ALERRT as an easy to remember method for individuals to follow during active attack events.

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Step 1 u2013 Avoid

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Be constantly aware of your surroundings. There are three bad things we should always attempt to Avoid: bad people, bad locations, and bad times. Remain vigilant when you are forced to be in these situations. You should always assess your surroundings, especially if you find yourself in locations that might be a target for these types of events.

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Always know the escape routes that you could take in the event someone starts shooting or some other disaster befalls you. This includes marked exits, windows, and stairwells. At the first opportunity to leave the building, you should do so.

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Step 2 u2013 Deny

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If you find that you cannot get away from the attacker by exiting the structure, the next option is to Deny the attacker access to you and those around you. You can do this by moving into a room and locking the door. This should only be the first step. A locked door alone will only serve as a temporary obstacle for someone who is dedicated to getting inside the area you control.

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If you have control of the lighting in the area you are in, turn off the lights. This will aid you in two different ways:

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  • It gives the appearance that the room is empty, and that the shooter should continue past your location in order to find more victims.
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  • If the attacker gains access into your room, the darkness will be to his disadvantage and to your advantage. Your eyes will have adapted to the dark, and the attacker will be coming from light to dark, giving you the advantage of sight if forced to defend yourself.
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Step 3 u2013 Defend

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Remember that the attacker is trying to kill you, and you have the legal right to defend yourself! Again, remember that having that right doesnu2019t automatically equate to having the ability to defend yourself. That part must be practiced.

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If you find yourself in a situation where your attempts to Avoid/Run and Deny/Hide have failed, you must Defend yourself or die. Prepare to Fight for your life and the innocent lives around you. In most situations, victims will outnumber the attacker by 10, 20, or 50 to 1. Those are good odds if you can get others to help swarm the attacker.

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Position yourself where you can surprise the attacker, close to the door along a wall and out of sight. The change in lighting conditions, as well as the additional obstacles placed in his way, will give you the small window of opportunity to attack. Grab the gun and point it away from other victims.

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At the same time have others attack the head and eyes while others attack the groin, knees, and feet. Once you begin the attack, fight as if your life depends on it, because it does. Use weapons of opportunity, such as scissors, hot coffee, staple guns, fire extinguishers, or any object that could incapacitate someone.

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Tell yourself that you are going to win at all costs. Refuse to give up no matter how overwhelming the odds might appear. The emotion of fear is natural in a situation like this. Turn fear to anger and rage and attack. Remember, being shot does not mean youu2019re dead. Prepare yourself to be shot mentally. If you are shot and are not incapacitated by the injury, continue to fight for your life.