Violence Avoidance and Survival (VAS) via Teleconference

Violence Avoidance and Survival (VAS) via Teleconference

This class is being presented remotely.  We will show you ways you can practice these skills with your family at home.  We have also added blocks on Home Invasion prevention and survival, as well as domestic violence.

Contact us to schedule your FREE VAS via teleconference.  We can adapt out presentation to most schedules.  You can take the didactic VAS course in smaller 1 – 2 hour blocks on different days, or do the whole program in a single morning, afternoon, or evening.

After you complete the 4 – 5 hour didactic program, we can schedule your family for remote, individualized “show and try” training of different survival skills.  When we arrange the hands-on phase of your VAS class, we’ll give you some inexpensive options of how to obtain or make your own training aids.  When we do the second phase, we’ll show you, remotely via Zoom or Skype or Google Meet, how to do the off-lines and disarms and other survival skills.  Or we can arrange for in-person, private consultation, wearing protective masks.

About the VAS Course

“Active shooters,” and other types of violence, are a fact of modern life.  You can get caught up in a killing spree at home, in your school, your place of worship, a movie theater, or shopping mall.  No location or population is immune.

Survival in an active killer situation is much more likely with prior, realistic training.  We can teach you how to lead your peers to survival in that toxic environment.  The curriculum is multidisciplinary and, when possible, hands-on.  Adopted from the Heloderm LLC Managing School Violence course, it includes protocols for avoiding crime alone on the street, and in your home, as well as in crowds.

This class is FREE to students, teachers, public safety personnel, healthcare workers, military, and their families, as well as to underserved communities.  Pre-registration is required.

Typical VAS Outline for IN PERSON classes

(Phase I of teleconference classes covers the didactic portions)

Block 1 – Identifying, Understanding, and Preventing Violence

  • Social vs. Asocial violence
  • Types of violence that can occur at school or church: the continuum from individual threats to sieges
  • Instrumental versus intentional use of weapons, and appropriate responses to each
  • The OODA / PADE cycle
  • Shock thresholds
  • Group dynamics in crisis situations

Block 2 – Weapons

  • Advantages and limitations of different weapon types (purpose-built or “field expedient”)
  • Off-lines and disarms using inert simulators
  • Improvising weapons from the environment

    And the winner for best improvised weapon of 2019 is:

    Lukasz, 5-foot narwhal tusk!

Most of Blocks 2, 3, and 4 (and even some of Block 1) have traditionally been hands-on practice.  Most people agree: they would rather disarm an emotionally disturbed person, if possible, than watch him or her be shot by SWAT over the maimed and dying bodies of their peers.

Although practicing disarms hands-on with strangers would now violate “social distancing” rules, we can show you means to practice these skills with your loved ones in your own home, on a campout, or on a private firing range.  The methods we teach for this are simple and (perhaps surprisingly) effective.  They do, however, depend on proxemics (distance) and micro-terrain (such as the flow of doors).  Students will be encouraged to not wait around to disarm someone if escape is possible (see Block 4 below).

Block 3 – Home InvasionCarjacking, Kidnapping, and Other Crimes Against the Person

  • Staying “left of bang”: what the acronym PESTSS means, and how to put up “the fence”
  • How to look for mission focus, target focus, and the “number of whites” in a potential assailant’s eyes
  • Practice creatiing a “shooter’s dilemma” with an L formation
  • The civilian ambush paradigm
  • Burglary vs home invasion
  • Carjacking and kidnapping scenario practice

In this block, we will teach you ways to avoid becoming targeted individually for violence.  You will learn simple, effective strategies to prevent being selected as a victim.  You will practice what to do if you are.

Block 4 – Potential Responses to Active Shooters and Other Rampage Killers

Social Proof: the necessity for leadership in crises

Calming peers by giving them missions

Essential roles and how to delegate them

Effectiveness / ineffectiveness of various escape movement techniques

Danger area crossings

Advantages and disadvantages of improvised barricades

Using doors, walls, and spaces to your advantage against a rampage killer

How to use fire extinguishers as both dry chemical dispensers and impact tools against a manikin (pre- and, Lord willing, post-COVID pandemic classes have and will include “live fire” practice with actual extinguishers)

Means of immobilizing a subdued assailant

What to expect when professional emergency responders arrive

Transitioning to law enforcement control of the scene (how not to get shot by the good guys)

We can show you how to practice responses to a variety of potential scenarios with hands-on drills in your own home.  We can also show you how to simulate the sights, sounds, and smells of a home invasion or active shooter situation, so when it happens to you, it won’t be your “first” time.

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