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SLS1-3 Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events:  The ADD Model

November 19, 2013

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM


Terry Nichols

Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), Texas State University-San Marcos

Since the tragic attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, law enforcement agencies around the country have been receiving requests from their communities for information about how to respond during an attack.  This presentation is designed to provide teachers, school administrators, and civilians with practical strategies that can be used to survive an active shooter attack.  The ALERRT Center’s Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) response strategy will be discussed as well as an examination of several high profile events where similar strategies were employed and successfully used.  Law enforcement professionals will gain information, ideas and concepts that can be used to develop customized presentations for civilian response strategies within their jurisdictions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to discuss active shooter events including Virginia Tech University, Aurora, Colorado, Columbine High School and identify lessons learned for first responders and civilians.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the three stages of disaster response psychology and how these apply in active shooter situations.
  3. Participants will be able to articulate the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy and the need to prepare before a critical incident occurs.