Preparing for an Armed Intruder Conference - Altoona, PA

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Altoona Grand Hotel

1 Sheraton Drive

Altoona, PA 16601

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This signature event is Survival Mindset's biggest event of the year.

  • Engage with speakers and survivors from Law Enforcement, Military, EMS, Fire, Emergency Management, Psychology, Legal, and Government.

  • Experience a real-time drill simulating a terroristic attack with a mock IED explosion and active killers.

  • Put your training into practice as you consider your best options to stay alive and then assist with trauma, triage and transporting the casualties from a hot zone to a warm or cold zone.

An impressive line-up of subject matter experts will be working side by side with you answering your questions as you build muscle memory on how to respond. This will be a packed day that includes a working buffet lunch.

This event is open to everyone 18 and older. You will find yourself part of an eclectic mix of people from business, education, houses of worship, government, responders, and more.


7:40 -- 8:10 GETTING STARTED

  • Doors Open & Registration
  • Networking, Exhibitors, and Hands-on Stations
  • Coffee/Tea


  • Opening
  • "Madman in the Lobby" Drill
  • Lessons Learned: A second by second review of MSD High School attack, Parkland, FL -- Rick Capozzi
  • The First 300 Seconds: Good Samaritan laws and treating the wounded -- Jessica Sorge
  • The Rest of Story from the Survivor Who Stopped the Sutherland Springs Church Shooting -- Stephen Willeford

9:30 -- 9:50 BREAK

  • Break
  • Exhibitors & Networking
  • Hands-on Stations


  • Breakout Session #1
  • Breakout Session #2
  • (The breakout sessions provide a selection of specialized instruction options)

10:40 -- Noon LEGAL

  • What to Expect After You Defend Yourself: A personal experience -- Dr. Charles Gallo
  • Your Legal Rights and Responsibilities: Attorney Michael


  • Buffet Lunch with Presenters and Exhibitors
  • Sponsor recognition and prize drawings
  • Situational Awareness: Tuning into your surroundings -- Sheriff Jim Ott
  • Staying Engaged to Protect Your Team: Secrets of not giving up -- PFC Ted Daniels

1:10 -- 2:00 REAL-TIME DRILL

  • Real-Time Drill
  • Part I: Terroristic attack with a mock IED Explosion
  • Part II: Hands-on Trauma, Triage and Transport
  • Part III: Debiref of incident -- Mark Taylor


  • Building walk through with hands-on application

2:45 -- 2:55 BREAK

  • Break
  • Exhibitors & Networking
  • Hands-on Stations


  • Panel discussion
  • Q & A

3:25 --4:00: WRAP-UP

  • Trust Your Training -- Lt. Lou Lusk
  • Video Review
  • Closing session


Stephen Willeford: Survivor and hero of the worst church shooting in the US. Stephen stopped the massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs Texas. This included a high speed pursuit of the attacker. Once the assailant drove off of the road, Stephen covered his vehicle at gunpoint until the police arrived.

Pfc Ted Daniels: War Vet 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and survivor of a Taliban attack. Pfc Daniels stayed in the fight in spite of being shot four times including having his rifle shot out of his hands.

Lt. Lou Lusk: 7 Tours and 29 years of military service between the Army and the Air Force. Lt. Lusk has survived 3 IED explosions and was part of the team that rescued Jessica Lynch from Iraq in 2003.

Sheriff Jim Ott: 26 years of law enforcement experience including nearly two decades as a police chief and is now serving is first term as Blair County Sheriff.

Mark Taylor: Director of Public Safety for Blair County including 911 Operations. Mark has committed his life to emergency management.

Dr. Charles Gallo: Psychologist and subject matter expert on armed intruders. Dr. Gallo recently was one of the presenters to Pittsburgh City Council regarding firearms legislation.

Michael Antonio Giaramita Jr, Esq: Attorney Giaramita is one of the top Pennsylvania firearms law experts and popular US Law Shield presenter. He also hosts the weekly radio program Mike G. In The Morning -- The Law Matters.

Jessica Sorge: Paramedic and trauma instructor. Former public school teacher with a gift for educating on how to keep yourself and others alive after an attack.

Pastor David Bousquet: Pastor and self-defense instructor. Pastor David has rescued young people from gangs and in addition to being a full-time pastor, he has a passion for teaching civilians personal safety.

Rick Capozzi: Nationally recognized subject matter expert on preparing for armed intruders. Rick is a learning strategist and instructional designer who specializes in behaviorial change in stressful situations.

State Representative Jim Gregory: 80th District State Representative and former radio & television personality Jim Gregory will again be the emcee.

NOTE: Because of the nature of the work of many of the presenters/facilitators, the agenda and/or presenters/facilitators are subject to change.

This Conference is being brought to you in collaboration with:

  • Blair County Sheriff's Department

  • Blair County Emergency Management

  • Blair County Chamber of Commerce

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

  • US Law Shield

  • Moral Wealth Strategies

  • Friends of the NRA

  • Dairy Queen

  • Firearms Owners Against Crime

For information on becoming a sponsor or collaborator, please call 814.317.6571 or email

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Altoona Grand Hotel

1 Sheraton Drive

Altoona, PA 16601

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

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