EMBCP Active Attack Response and Training

Personnel in the vicinity of an Active Attacker may need to evacuate or shelter in place depending upon circumstances unique to that incident. Effective response to an Active Attack event requires effective planning and role reinforcement through training for personnel caught in the incident, as well as for leaders coordinating the response to the incident.

Organization leadership coordinating the response to an active attacker incident need to be able to provide effective direction to personnel in the vicinity of the Active Attacker, provide clear situation information to first responders, and inform the public.

View our full Active Attack Response and Training Plan.

Our first defense against an active attack is to be prepared.  We have learned from the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training, presented by our Safety and Security Department, that our best defense is to be prepared.  Being prepared includes knowing how to AVOID | DENY | DEFEND.  The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, designed and built on the Avoid  Deny  Defend™ strategy developed by ALERRT™ in 2004, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.

The following video contains graphic content of a violent nature. Viewer discretion is advised.  The ALLERT™ Center at Texas State University created this video. 

Watch the Avoid | Deny | Defend video on YouTube for an overview of how to save your life in an active attack event.  Always remember - What You Do Matters. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has created a Surviving an Active Shooter video to help people answer the question "What would you do?" in the event of a sudden attack by a gunman while at work, at school, or in public.  The Surviving an Active Shooter video is available on YouTube and is property of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Copyright 2015.

Be Prepared

AVOID starts with your state of mind

  • Pay attention to surroundings.
  • Have an exit plan.    
  • Move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible. 
  • The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better.

DENY when getting away is difficult

  • Keep distance between you and the source. 
  • Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat from getting to you.                    
  • Turn the lights off. 
  • Remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silence your phone.

DEFEND because you have the right to protect yourself​

  • If you cannot Avoid or Deny be prepared to defend yourself. 
  • Be aggressive and committed to your actions.   
  • Do not fight fairly.


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