Virginia Beach Shooting: Active Shooter Training Helps Save Lives

Jul 10, 2019 9:30:00 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat training, virginia beach shooting

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Think of what you can accomplish in less than 15 minutes. You could reduce the clutter on your desk, go for a brisk walk, prepare food and the list goes on. The time frame can go by quickly, depending on what fills your schedule on a daily basis. However, unforeseen life-threatening situations happen in the blink of an eye. When faced with a lethal situation, the vital choices you make can determine your fate. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security states that active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes. Participating in active shooter training provides the necessary knowledge that distinguishes your options of either living another day or becoming a victim. 

Continue reading to learn about the Virginia Beach shooting and how active shooter training can help save lives.

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What to Expect During an Active Shooter Class with our Team

Jun 26, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, active threat, active threat training, active shooter incidents

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It’s a normal day at the office. The sun is shining and you’re sipping on your first cup of coffee, ready to be productive. Unexpectedly, you hear a loud gunshot firing off in the not-so-far distance. You can feel rattled nerves spiralizing down your body. 

Do you want the knowledge, skills and attitudes it takes to save your own life? How about the lives of others? Here at Active Threat Solutions, we provide personable training to audiences of all ages. Our training is applicable to anyone and everyone involved in a wide variety of industries, such as businesses, schools, churches, healthcare and conferences. 

“This training made me think about what I would do should I find myself in a bad situation. I’ve listened to a lot of trainings from the tacti-cool guys in camo trying to be impressive, but this was different. I would recommend this presentation to anyone,” said Michael Howell, Allegheny Design Services, PE, SE, MBA, Senior Structural Engineer, Director Sports & Recreation. 

Read on to learn what to expect during our Active Shooter Training class. 

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National Safety Awareness Month

Jun 19, 2019 4:35:15 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat training

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According to a study released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there have been 160 active shooter events between 2000 and 2013. During those events, 1,043 casualties occurred; 489 individuals killed and 557 were wounded.

Some of the most notable and horrific active shooter events outlined in this study that have the highest number of casualties include:

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School, 2012
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2007
  • Cinemark Center 16 Theater, 2012

This study also noted that these events occurred primarily in businesses, educational facilities, government buildings and open spaces.

During National Safety Awareness Month, we feel that it is important to highlight what you can do to maintain a safe and secure environment, regardless if you are home, at work, school or in an open space.

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Active Shooter Training for Businesses

Jun 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in crisis management, active shooter incidents, workplace violence incident

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According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there have been 251 active shooter events in the United States between 2000 and April 27, 2018. The bulk of these events have taken place in open areas, educational spaces and the commerce industry. Even as the number of active shooter events continues to rise, many businesses have failed to take immediate action in educating their employees on what to do in this type of event.

At Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth, we believe that it is not enough to increase security. It is not enough to provide run of the mill active shooter training from an individual who is not an expert in the security space. Business owners and decision makers within the business have a duty to provide more than adequate training so that their employees can take a stand and know what to do in the event of an active threat situation.

If you are interested in how you can protect your employees, continue reading to learn more about active shooter training provided by an expert, as well as the benefits of receiving this training.

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Active Shooter Training for Houses of Worship

Jun 5, 2019 2:33:07 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat, active threat training

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Did you know that there were 261 “deadly force incidents” in 2018 at houses of worship including churches, mosques, synagogues and other religious facilities like faith-based schools? As the number of active shooter related incidents rise, many houses of worship still haven’t made security or training a priority in their faith community.

At Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth, we believe that it’s not just enough to increase security. It’s not enough to just provide run of the mill active shooter training in a check the box fashion. Leaders in the faith community need to take a stand and empower their worship community to know what to do in the event of an active threat situation.

Learn more about active shooter training, including the benefits of receiving this training, our instructions and how training can be funding for your faith community.

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ATS Partners with The Thrasher Group

May 1, 2019 9:27:22 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat training, site assessment

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Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth will be partnering with The Thrasher Group, Inc to provide architectural solutions during site assessments to clients of ATS. Read on to learn more about why a site assessment and the partnership between The Thrasher Group and ATS could benefit your company, organization or school.


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Hear from a Customer: Receiving a Site Assessment and Active Threat Training

Apr 10, 2019 2:48:37 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat training, site assessment

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C’Anna Brown, former FBI employee and current business manager at West Virginia Radio Corporation, discussed her experience with Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth (ATS) and the services that West Virginia Radio Corporation received: a site assessment and active threat training.

At a site assessment, an employee from ATS will walk through the facility to look at physical weaknesses and any threats that may come up. This walk through will include looking at door locks, passwords, key cards, pathways of escape and current security staff. After the walk through, our team will offer verbal recommendations or a written report documenting weak spots and options for improvement.

During active threat training, a trainer from our team will educate and empower all individuals to know what to do when faced with security threats such as an active shooter event. During this training, our expert will talk you through site-specific options your employees can take to protect themselves.

Read on to learn more about the experience Brown and her team had.

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The Legality of Active Threat Situations

Apr 3, 2019 8:41:56 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in emergency action plan, active threat, crisis management, workplace violence

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If an active shooter incident occurred, and your company did not have an emergency action plan (EAP), would your company be held responsible for loss of life, injury, or emotional trauma caused by an event? Do you have emergency evacuation plans and / or sheltering protocols? And, what happens after the event? Will you release a statement to the media? If so, who is the designated point of contact for your company and what should the point of contact say?

Pre and post-incident preparedness are important for your employees safety and because of the legal ramifications attached to active threat situations. If you can’t answer the above questions, your company may need help.

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Active Shooter Training in Schools: What’s Going Wrong?

Mar 28, 2019 11:32:37 AM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat, active threat training

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In January 2019, an active shooter training exercise was conducted by a local sheriff’s office at an Indiana elementary school, which resulted in multiple teachers being shot with plastic pellets and ultimately being injured.

The Indiana State Teachers Association tweeted on March 20, During active shooter drill, four teachers at a time were taken into a room, told to crouch down and were shot execution style with some sort of projectiles - resulting in injuries to the extent that welts appeared, and blood was drawn.”

Now, as these stories of “fear tactic” active shooter exercises come to light, many people are asking, “how real is too real?”

Learn more about the Indiana teacher incident, what went wrong and ultimately, how Active Threat Solutions is different when it comes to active shooter training.

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Stalking Awareness: Signs of a Stalker

Mar 20, 2019 1:58:47 PM / by Active Threat Solutions by Defense in Depth posted in active threat, workplace violence

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January was the fifteenth National Stalking Awareness Month, an annual call to action to recognize and respond to the serious crime of stalking.

Read on to learn more about stalking and the correlation between active shooters that fall into domestic violence and stalkers.  

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