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ABC'S Active Threat Response Plan

"We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training."
-Anonymous Navy Seal

Many people were taught to simply hide under a desk or huddle in the back of the room when there is an armed intruder in the building.  Some programs even encourage people to fight a gunman.  Reality tells us we don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training. We have all been programmed at a young age on how we react to most hazards, passively hide under a desk. We have learned time and time again, this passive response is not effective for active threats. 
Lockdown International's Active Survival: ABC'S Active Threat Response Plan training is an international award-winning course designed to provide and empower individuals with option-based survival skills to stay alive until law enforcement arrives, and ultimately survive any violent incident. This plan can be easily implemented into your organization's Emergency Operation/Action Plan.  These are skills that translate to a
workplace, school, healthcare facility, place of worship, shopping mall or any other location in which an active threat can be a danger.
Active Survival will guide you through what we have learned, what we are doing now, and what we can do moving forward. We discuss lessons learned from prior mass casualty incidents based on the actions of the citizens and first responders involved. This training will help you identify the physiological changes to your body that occur under stress, and how to fight through them. The ABC'S Active Threat Response Plan walks you through each of your survival options in order for you to make the best decision possible.


A - Avoid
Not everyone can run fast or far. Learn how to AVOID an active threat using situational awareness and your own physical abilities.

B - Barricade
Some doors swing inward, some doors swing outward.  Learn how to BARRICADE your room to delay the active threat with common items found in most locations.

C - Counter
How do you fight an active threat with a weapon? Learn how to COUNTER an active threat with actions to disorient and disable.

S - Survive
Even if you are severely injured, you are not dead. Learn how to SURVIVE with simple lifesaving skills to stop bleeding.

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Seth has an incredible directness with this presentation.  It completely changed the tone of the material from fear to having a sense of empowerment, that should this happen, here are the steps needed to survive.  Avoid, Barricade, Counter, Survive.  The drills to help you think how to handle a certain scenario, also so helpful because it gets you thinking of what I could use to wedge this door shut, stop the bleeding, or get out of this room.  Also, so helpful to have the perspective of a police officer.  He is there to get the shooter first, not give you first aid.  Save yourself.  I shared it all with my son so that we are prepared should we ever find ourselves in this situation.

Thanks again, it was a great presentation!  



Maryann Larkin

Business Process Coordinator

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

I have participated in two presentations with Lockdown International that teaches active shooting training across the United States.  In their presentation, they emphasize the importance of not hiding during an active shooter event.


After Lockdown International visited our company, I hired them as a keynote speaker for a convention I helped lead this past summer.  The participant response was similar to mine-- overwhelmingly positive. The attendees were grateful for the education and simple training Lockdown International provided.


Out of concern for the safety of the CDS community, I’d like to discuss with you bringing these trainers to the school for an evening presentation to parents, teachers, staff, and even high school students.  It's truly regrettable this conversation is needed but being prepared in an active shooting situation saves lives. 


David Tucker

President and Owner

C.M. Tucker Lumber

At the recent Active Survival Training, ABC'S  (Avoid, Barricade, Counter, Survive) by Lockdown International we experienced the perfect safety barometer test our organization needed.  The training was informative and instructional, it gave us clear next steps in our efforts to continue to keep our campuses and attenders as safe as possible in difficult situations that could arise.


From volunteers to senior leadership everyone left the training with an A, B, C or S we can immediately apply to our professional or personal lives wherever and whenever an emergency could arise.  The instructors Bob and Seth, where very approachable and no question was a "wrong" question.  Questions led to more explanations and answers we need here at The Cove.  With the ABC'S training we came away with immediate items to implement and more clear next steps to make our campuses safer for all who attend.

Eric Johnson

Pastor - The Cove Church

Yesterday was very beneficial! I left feeling that I was armed with a better understanding and skills to survive if ever needed in the event of an active shooter incident. I went straight home and told my husband about the training and some of the tactics we were shown. Thank you for equipping us with the potential to save lives! The Active Survival training was awesome.  It was very helpful! I learned a lot especially grateful for the bomb threat information reviewed in the Building Captain’s meeting. 


I thought Bob Cooke with Lockdown International, and the message was wonderful!  This information was much needed to appeal and shake up our senses that we don't normally use in order to come more aware that our college could be another Columbine one day.....not just at school, but everywhere a person needs to be aware of their surroundings, people, their actions and the warning signs that a person shows that might be leading up to a horrible incident.


When it comes to safety, I like being proactive. It does not need to be downplayed because someone is "sensitive". Being "sensitive" and keeping vital information to yourself about someone's unstableness or obsessions because it might be "upsetting", can get you and others killed. Every employee, whether they like it or not, needs to realize today's reality of how quick things can go South. We do not live in a Mayberry town anymore and should not pretend we still do... 

 Very eye-opening class. 

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