ACTIVE THREAT SURVIVAL
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.
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.
President and Owner
C.M. Tucker Lumber
Thank you to Bob and the team at Lockdown International for providing ABC'S training to our team. Although we would hate to have to ever use the skills that were taught, the knowledge provided is vital for everyone. As tough a topic as this is, Bob was engaging. Real examples were shared which was very helpful. Many staff have stated that they shared the information with family members and were grateful for the learnings they received.
Marie MacDonald, SHRM-SCP, PHR
Director of Human Resources
Lockdown International provided an informative & incredibly useful training for our company. No one wants to think about gun violence & mass shootings, but the reality is that this is now a part of our world & we should all be thinking through how to survive in such a horrific situation. Lockdown provides a very comprehensive, well thought out plan that anyone can implement should the worst happen and does it in as appropriate a way as possible. They aren’t trying to scare anyone, but rather give everyone tools to use that will aid in survival should anyone be caught in an active shooter situation. I highly recommend this training!
Manager, Meeting and Events
The ABC'S Training was extremely beneficial for our school community and left our teachers and staff feeling informed, confident, and prepared. We appreciate the training being interactive and sensitive to the nature of the content. The entire process was well organized and felt tailored to our school community. We will definitely continue to work with Lockdown International in the future.
A counselor at my school has a son at UNCC. He was in one of the buildings at UNCC on Tuesday when the shooting started. After our training last week, his mom had shared with her family that night some of what you taught us. When the shooting started and the school got the alert, he immediately called his mom to ask her what to do. His mom talked him through what to do and even had him send a picture of the type of door they had. Using the picture, she then talked him through how to secure it using the steps you gave. She then had him and others in the room use furniture to barricade the door and find items they could use to fight and defend themselves, if necessary. Thankfully, her son and those with him were not hurt.
Northeast Middle School
BB&T Insurance Services training consultant collaborated with training facilitators at Lockdown International to secure a date for the training. Months after attending the training, an attempted burglary occurred at one of the client’s locations. The front desk employee saw a suspicious character and called 911, in addition to alerting the staff. Recalling important points from the training, the employee advised all housekeepers to lock themselves in hotel rooms and then locked herself in the office until the police officers arrived and arrested the suspects. As a result of attending the training, everyone acted quickly, calmly, and confidently under a potentially dangerous, stressful situation. The associates indicated they were not sure how they would have responded if they had not participated in the valuable training provided.
I teach one day a week at UNCC, and it happens to be Tuesdays. Thanks to Sergeant Kopp's training last summer, we knew what to do tonight when the alert came out. We were in our classroom early and chatting. When the alert came out, one student wanted to run, and we said Godspeed. Because of where the classroom is (a basement), the rest of us felt safer there than out in public. We barricaded the doors with tables and chairs, and finally remembered to turn off the lights. Thanks to Sergeant Kopp, we felt empowered and ready to do battle.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your contribution to the EHSI Safety Leadership Conference at Cape Fear Community College on April 27-29. The instruction that you provided was one of the main reasons why this conference was such a huge success and so well received by the participants. The feedback we received from attendees was 100% positive and we share your enthusiasm to increase awareness and put in place Active Shooter procedures and plans at all of the NC Community Colleges. We appreciate your time and professionalism and look forward to having you speak at future conferences.
J. Allen McCullough
Director, CEM RET MESH
Environment Health and Safety Institute
As a veteran police officer serving with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department for 30 years and serving on SWAT for 7 years, I know tactics. The ABC’S of Active Survival is the most tactically sound Active Shooter training in the country to date. In addition to being tactically sound and having trained over 13,000 teachers and administrators with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools system I can say that this training is the most logical and easiest for average people to understand, remember, and apply in the heat and panic of an Active Shooting event. That is why the second largest school system in the state of North Carolina will only use the ABC’s of Active Survival from Lockdown International.
Detective William W. Eubank
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Police Department
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.
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.