Don Shomette






Easily prepare your school


"I've never had an instructor more knowledgeable on the topic.

I learned more in this two day course than in all of my 16 years

in law enforcement and teaching career."


-- Professor of Criminal Justice

What is ACT FAST?

ACT FAST is not an alert system or a theory of what people should do to survive a school attack. ACT FAST is a program crafted from what thousands have done to survive a school attack.


We didn't create ACT FAST in a training room. We heavily researched and carefully studied how thousands of others have survived school attacks, active shooter situations, and terrorist attacks and we simply gave their successful behaviors a name—ACT FAST.


We learned that whether a person has been trained or not, those who survive naturally implement the same 3 successful principles.


That's why it takes as little as 30 minutes or less to implement ACT FAST. You don't have to waste valuable training time or harm your credibility by trying to make your teachers into someone or something they don't want to be—or need to be. Instead, take what your teachers will naturally do in a crisis and just show them how to do it better!


It's the easiest, most natural, (only) proven way.


Because we're enhancing existing skills, there's zero conflict with adding ACT FAST to your established crisis procedures. Keep everything you're doing now and supplement with ACT FAST or use it as your stand-alone program.



This 2-day professional development will give you the skills, materials, support, and confidence to help your school ACT FAST!

100% of those who've attended this course...

would recommend it to their friends and well as attend another course by Don Shomette!

What is included?

Each participant receives 2 days of classroom instruction, a course certificate, 14 hours of in-service credits, certification as an ACT FAST Instructor as well as the materials listed below!



Each teacher (from your school) will receive access to our ACT FAST for Teachers Recorded Videos. These 10 short videos (1hr 45 mins) walk a teacher through the principles & strategies you'll learn in the live training.

Normally $897 per school, access to this course is free to your school if you attend this professional development! Use these videos as a stand alone training or in combination with other included materials--you decide!


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Use the included PowerPoint to present ACT FAST to your teachers, staff members, and students. (PowerPoint is approximately 75 slides. Participants who attend the live training will be walked through the PowerPoint as well as watch an example of the instructor giving the class in 30 minutes or less).


Instructor Video


To make presenting ACT FAST to your school even easier, each participant will receive access to an instructor video where they can watch the instructor explaining key slides in the PowerPoint as well as how to make the most of the PowerPoint. Use this as a refresher or to gain additional tips, ideas, and suggestions for giving an awesome class!


Integrating ACT FAST into your lockdown drills


To help you integrate ACT FAST into your lockdown drills, we're going to give you 2 great tools.

1) A short video and action plan to guide you in easily and effectively integrating ACT FAST into your lockdown drills as well as show you how to lead a 21 second teacher focused lockdown drill using ACT FAST.

2) A short video to use as a quick staff development for teachers to reinforce key concepts and to help prepare your staff as you get ready to conduct a lockdown drill. Staff members can view this video on their own or as a part of a larger group.

You decide how to use these materials and we'll help you be successful!


Continued Support


Reach out as much as you need and we'll help you (or anyone from your school) with suggestions, tips, recommendations, or to answer questions.

Call, email, or text and we'll make sure you're ready to present ACT FAST, implement the strategies, and that your school is better prepared to survive a school attack.



"This information was very informative! One of my take aways however was the lack of school administrators. I can't imagine NOT having this information. WIth that, I retrurned to my district and talked to great length about what I learned these past two days."


-- Assistant Principal

Topics & Course Outline

Day 1: 8:30 - 4:00

(classroom instruction & practical applications)

    Understanding the true nature of the threat, the fluid dynamics of a school attack, and a person's physical response to horrific events and how it can help or hurt

    The 3 principles of ACT FAST - (1) act fast (2) space & distance and (3) survive

    Real examples of how others have used the 3 principles of ACT FAST to survive a school attack and lead others to survive a school attack

    Initiating the ACT FAST strategy as an individual and school wide response

    Integrating secondary strategies such as Run, Hide, Fight, Deny, Delay, Defend (and other strategies) into the primary strategy of ACT FAST

    Assessing warning signs and deciding when and how to transition into another ACT FAST principle or strategy

Day 2: 8:30 - 4:00

(classroom instruction & practical applications)

    Establishing and prioritizing individual and school-wide First Actions in a crisis

    Breaking the myth that the only form of fighting is going physical with the attacker

    How hiding, denying, running, locking down, and surviving are all forms of effective fighting

    Realistic and effective measures to control access into classrooms

    Perfecting the lockdown (hide/deny) procedure and regaining the initiative

    Preparing a school with the skills to survive and end a school attack

    Explaining and instilling a true survivor's mindset in others

    Understanding police response and procedures for ending a school attack

    Collaborating effectively with police and other critical support professionals

    Responding to parents, the media, and other members of the community

    Blending the ACT FAST procedures into existing procedures or utilizing as a stand-alone program

    Making the most out of course materials, online videos, and instructor support


The best way to help your teachers to be successful...

during a school attack is to teach them the SAME life-saving techniques that other teachers have successfully implemented...and that's ACT FAST!

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Registration Fee

Individual Registration Fee:

$395 per person*

Group Registration Fee:

Agencies that send 3 or more to the training

$345 per person*

Agency In-Service or District Wide Professional Development Fee:

Agencies that send 20 or more to the training

$295 per person*

Organizations that host a course:

Will receive two free seats to the training.

$790 worth of free training


Hosting a course is simple! All you have to do is provide a classroom and help spread the word via your established networks and we'll do the rest. For more information, visit our hosting page or give us a call: 540-577-7200


* Fee includes instruction, materials, support, and access to free staff development materials only for the participants and their individual school. For a school to use the materials, they must send a staff member to the training.

* Additional fees may apply to use the online training recorded videos for schools with more than 200 staff members and teachers.

All participants must be approved by The Shomette Group which reserves the right to make the final determination of who is permitted to attend a professional development.