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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Emergency Preparedness Training

On-going, nationwide critical events, and locally in Middleton and Milwaukee WI,  serve as a reminder for all citizens to be aware of their environment. With these events in mind, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office continues to take a proactive approach to active shooter situations and workplace violence.

If you would like arrange an Emergency Preparedness Training at your workplace or organization, please fill out the online request form today! The trainings are free, and include the Active Assailant Training and the Stop the Bleed training. If requesting one of the available trainings, plan for two hours. If combining the trainings, allow for three hours.

It Can Happen Here

  • The average Active Assailant event lasts 4 - 8 minutes.
  • Over 70% of Active Assailant incidents are over in 5 minutes or less.
  • National average for Law Enforcement response is 3 – 6 minutes.
  • Learning about these incidents and how to prepare can help save your life and the lives of others

Be Prepared

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Positioning in the room
  • Have an exit plan
  • Keep distance between you and the source
  • Create Barriers
  • Defend yourself
  • Delay/Disrupt
  • Learn how to recognize signs of violent behavior
  • Learn Protective and preventative safety measures

If You See Something, Say Something

  • Always be observant  
  • Be aware of vehicles which are out of place
  • Report someone who may be testing Security or "scoping" a place out                                                                                
  • Take threats seriously (verbal, written, phoned) 
  • Report concerns to 911!

Our Emergency Training Sessions

Stop the Bleed

During this training, attendees will learn the basic bleed control principles and participate in hands-on training. The goal is to prepare attendees to step in help prevent major blood loss for an injured person while waiting for EMS to arrive. Attendees can request a certificate once training is completed. The class requires a minimum of 90 minutes and is capped at 40 participants. To learn more, visit Stop the Bleed.


Active Assailant Preparedness

As of March 2020, over 19,000 people have participated in this Active Assailant Preparedness presentation. The goal of this training is to prepare you and your group for a situation in which an active shooter or assailant is at large within your building or area. We'll cover what to do, what not to do, and everything in between. This class requires a minimum of 2 hours.

Active Assailant Training Feedback:
  • "THANK YOU SO MUCH for the excellent Active Shooter and Violence Preparedness workshop you conducted last night for our congregation! The program content, the important messages, the Visual presentation, the resource information, and the way in which you presented the material all combined for a ver powerful and potentially lifesaving experience for everyone who attended. I'm hopeful that your presentation will be the impetus for continued discussions (and actions!) by the Church Council and others to maintain and improve the safety and security of our facility. In addition, as we each develop our own "mental script" to deal with emergency situations, we can use this training in our daily lives and share what we learned with our families and friends."
  • "Thank you for doing the Active Shooter Training for us last week. The staff team has not stopped talking about it since! It has got us thinking about different scenarios and how we would handle them. WE plan on having more discussions on the subject at future staff meetings."
  • "I just wanted to write and tell you how much I enjoyed your presentation today. You are wonderful speakers/presenters and your passions come through. Even though this is such a serious topic and so pertinent in today's world, you made it very understandable and really made me think about different things that I hadn't really thought about. I consider myself to be a person who is conscious of my surroundings most of the time, but I see now where that can use some work."

Sign-Up for Emergency Alerts from Dane County Emergency Management

You can sign-up to receive local emergency notifications by text, email, or both. Signing-up will enable county and local officials to alert you about potentially life-threatening and public safety emergencies in your community. Anyone who signs-up may be contacted through this system on behalf of local authorities with information about emergencies like:

  • Armed person/active shooter
  • Hazardous materials incidents
  • Gas leaks
  • Missing persons

This is a free service for residents and visitors in Dane County.

Additional Resources

CISA Active Shooter Preparedness Emergency Alerts
ALICE Preparedness Training