Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Class

By University Communications

Wednesday, 02 15 2017

University Communications

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Class

Dear Members of the A&M-San Antonio Community:

Texas A&M University-San Antonio Police Department will host an afternoon CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) class on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 8 A.M. until noon in Madla Building, Room 203. The course will cover the "Avoid | Deny | Defend" strategy, facts about active shooter events with immediate actions you can take to survive, lockdown vs. lockout and what to do when law enforcement arrives to the scene.  

Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. Seating is available for up to 32 people. You may reserve your spot today by emailing Chief Davidson at by Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5 P.M. 

A truly safe campus is achieved through the cooperation of students, faculty, staff and visitors. Below are safety tips to use during an act of violence (e.g. robbery, hostage situation, workplace violence, active shooter):


Avoid | Deny | Defend

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. 
  • Remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silence your phone.

DEFEND because you have the right to protect yourself. 

  • If you cannot Avoid or Deny, prepare 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. Remember that failure to plan is planning to fail.