Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events

Avoid Deny Defend bannerSince 2002, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program at Texas State University has been used to train law enforcement officers across the nation in how to rapidly respond to dangerous active threat situations. 

Over the years we've seen response times shorten and the capabilities of law enforcement increase. As a result of increased public awareness, many citizens have asked what they can do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. As we've seen that hiding and hoping isn't a very effective strategy, Avoid Deny Defend® has been developed as an easy to remember method for civilians of all ages and abilities to follow.


AVOID starts with your state of mind. 

  • Pay attention to your 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 or maybe even impossible.

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

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. THIS IS ABOUT SURVIVAL.

Call 911 when you are in a safe area.
When Law Enforcement arrives, show your hands and follow commands. 

  • November & December training available
  • Training for this course will be lecture-based. There will be no scenarios. 
  • Sign up for this Free class!
    LifeLong Learning Center
    310 S Curtis St
    Missoula MT 59801
  • Questions?
    Officer Lydia Arnold
    (406) 552-6300

ALEERT Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training