The Safer Solution: Impactful Method Provides Effective Responses to Citizens Facing Violence in Public Places and Active Shooter Situations

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Army Special Forces Medic, Executive Protection Specialist and Former US Navy SEAL Operator Team Up to Share Experiences and Skillsets That Go Far Beyond “Run, Hide, Fight”

"The Safer Solution empowers people so they can prevent, protect, and prevail against aggressive attacks. Our training provides them with the tools and skills needed to make their work environments and public places safer." - Michael Clarke, The Safer Solution

Workplaces, schools, hotels, sporting events, entertainment venues and other large –and sometimes not so large – facilities have become headlines in the news for all the wrong reasons: violent attacks. The Safer Solution is an effective training method that addresses public/workplace violence and active shooter incidents – by both alleviating a situation before it ever occurs, and by preparing civilians with appropriate response skills if a crisis situation develops.

The Safer Solution was developed by Ken Good, a Navy SEAL; Ted Westmoreland, an Army Special Forces Medic; and Michael Clarke, an Executive Protection Specialist – who, with their combined training, experiences and unique skillsets, have created a new method to teach individuals and organizations how to sense and assess an environment in order to act on red flags before it’s too late. In the event a crisis situation does occur, the training gives individuals proper skills to have a greater chance of survival as well as the ability to assist others.

The Safer Solution provides training so that employees can:

  • Increase situational awareness to allay an incident
  • Identify and communicate threat concerns
  • Protect themselves and others during an active-shooter situation
  • Mitigate imminent and immediate attacks
  • Perform life-saving first responder actions
  • Prevail over active shooting situations through well-coordinated evacuation, barricade and engagement drills

“It’s tragic and unfortunate, but the facts are that random acts of violence and active shooter incidents are increasing; ignoring these facts is no longer an option” said Michael Clarke, CEO of Archangel and one of the three partners in The Safer Solution. “We don’t believe that just telling people to ‘run, hide, and fight’ is effective training; individuals and organizations need a plan. The Safer Solution empowers people so they can prevent, protect, and prevail against aggressive attacks. Our training provides them with the tools and skills needed to make their work environments and public places safer.”

“The Safer Solution is our strategic partner in helping us design, implement, and maintain our workplace violence and active shooter program. With their guidance we have formulated strong company policy, in-depth training and coaching, and our threat response plan. The Safer Solution goes beyond the traditional ‘run, hide, fight’ direction. Their comprehensive in-person and online training has aided Randstad in developing and maintaining a comprehensive safety and security program to deal with the real threat of workplace violence.” - Corey Berghoefer, Senior Vice President – Risk Management & Insurance, Randstad US.

“After having completed the online active shooter training from The Safer Solution, I am confident that this is the training our organization needs to help our staff prepare itself in case an active shooter situation were to arise. The training was interactive, kept me engaged and more importantly increased my knowledge of what to do if I were to ever find myself in that unfortunate circumstance. One of the key elements of the training is what to do after, the information is key, and may save a life.” - Rudy Amador, Director Safety, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.

The Safer Solution is offered through on-site presentations where the team will come to a location and provide “hands on” instruction, demonstrations and drills. An effective, online e-learning version of the training, complete with videos and self-assessment drills, is also recommended for larger organizations with multiple locations.

For more information, please visit The Safer Solution at, email info(at), or call 1 (833) UR-SAFER.

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