Irvine, Calif. (PRWEB) December 17, 2012
"Whether the shooters are a mentally derange person, a religious fanatic, a disgruntled employee or an outcast student, the weapons and tactics that they use are similar, and the results are always the same; human suffering and the death of innocent men, women and children. But this does not always have to end this way. There are simple and effective measures that people at the scene can use to survive the violence.
Active shooters and terrorists are human, and as such, they have weaknesses that can be exploited by a group of people committed to survival. Action always beats reaction and there is strength in numbers. If people on the scene are working together and are determined to survive, their chances of survival are actually good," said Alon Stivi, CEO ACT Cert. https://www.actcert.com/bio.aspx?enc=A+vfetYeNNjY2T2jA2f0BQ==
The ACT Cert™ Violence Prevention & Active Shooter Survival course is available online at http://www.ACTCERT.com. It was specifically developed to teach prevention of extreme violence, and effective response to active shooter attacks against schools, hospitals and shopping malls.
This training explicitly addresses the crucial role of “On-Location Responders” (school staff, faculty and campus security) during the initial moments of an attack, prior to law enforcement intervention, when most casualties occur (the first ten minutes). This was the case in the Newtown Connecticut school massacre where the attack was over in less than 5 minutes with the shooter killing himself before law enforcement intervention. As reported on CNN and ABC News on December 15, 2012, http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/14/us/connecticut-school-shooting/index.html
The ACT Cert course teaches school staff and faculty how to rapidly assess the threat, use cover and evacuate safely when possible, or how to barricade and hide from the shooter. It also teaches Last Resort Survival Measures to fight the shooter and take control of their weapon. Even young children can be taught how to hide and take cover and how to escape safely during such attacks. Teachers can be trained to effectively barricade classrooms and how to use last resort survival tactics to stop the shooter at the door.
The program has been successfully taught at universities http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stivi-232702-says-one.html and has been previously funded by grants from the Department of Homeland Security.
"There is a big difference between the reaction of trained and untrained individuals during an emergency. Under life threatening circumstances, a person will automatically resort to employing skills and a plan of action that have been practiced previously. In order to survive we must be trained to think like a survivor, manage the stress, and follow through an effective plan of action," said Alon Stivi, CEO ACT Cert.
The skills taught in the ACT Cert program are simple to learn and easy to remember and use under duress. They can be adopted by teachers, students and school staff with no prior experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2tIeRUbRHw
Ray Novaco, a professor of psychology and social behavior at UC Irvine who has known Stivi for nearly 20 years but has no financial ties to his business, says that "the training is effective because it's based on what works – not theory."
"There is no doubt that victims of such attacks all share a common desire of staying alive. What they lack is the knowledge necessary to act in self-preservation. Pre-incident training and preparation can save lives," said Alon Stivi, CEO ACT Cert.
Oscar I. Gonzalez, 32, a doctoral candidate in psychology and social behavior who attended the training at UCI in 2012, says that "This type of training could save lives and should be a standard procedure of our education system."
"Security hardware alone cannot stop these killers and we all know that there is no 100% security. Counting on others to save us will not always work. We must be prepared to take action to save ourselves! People need to learn how to survive during the shooting when escape is impossible.
The next tragedy can be prevented and more lives could be saved if we focused our attention on teaching people what they can do to save themselves when the next attack occurs," said Alon Stivi, CEO ACT Cert.