Safe Havens_Chris Dorn

Whether or not you realize it, you have probably seen Chris Dorn before.  With hundreds of thousands of views on the Internet and countless news, talk show and even motion picture appearances, Chris’ concealed weapons demonstrations have raised awareness about the problem of weapons in our schools for the past 15 years.  His concealed weapons demonstration became a viral video before the term even existed.

Meet Chris Dorn from Safe Havens International on Vimeo.

Chris Dorn serves as an Analyst with Safe Havens International, the world’s largest non-profit school safety center. He was also recently selected at the Regional School Safety Specialist for the High Desert Education Service District in Redmond, Oregon. With 17 years of experience in school safety research and training, Chris’ school safety work has taken him to Vietnam, Canada, Mexico, Holland, France, Bolivia, South Africa and England and he has presented in nearly forty states. Chris has authored and co-authored numerous articles for trade magazines and journals as well as five books on school safety. He recently released his 6th book in print, Staying Alive: How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters. His 3rd book, Innocent Targets: When Terrorism Comes to School is the foremost text on school terrorism and is in use by countless organizations including FEMA and Department of Homeland Security personnel in all 50 states. He is a frequent guest author and presenter at national conferences and school safety training academies, and he was recently selected as part of a team to author course content for the Department of Homeland Security as part of the White House 2013 school safety initiative.


Chris is also the Executive Producer for Safe Havens Video, which produces more school safety video content than any other production unit in the world.   He has starred in, directed or produced more than one hundred school safety training videos and his work has won two Telly Awards and a W3 Award for web content. The FBI, TSA, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Israeli National Police, British Intelligence agencies and thousands of law enforcement agencies and school systems in several dozen countries have used his videos. Chris served as an Analyst for Jane’s, the highly regarded British defense, intelligence and public safety publisher when he was only twenty-one years old. He has also presented for the International Association of Chief’s of Police, BATFE, Bureau of Justice Assistance, United States Department of Homeland Security, National Association of Pupil Transportation, Vietnam National University, and numerous state police, homeland security, emergency management agencies and departments of education. He has presented to teachers, public safety, nationally elected officials and even a group of command staff police officers from the State of Israel as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Program.


A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, Chris has a B.A. in International Affairs and Modern Languages with a focus in French and a Certificate of Marketing from Georgia Tech’s Scheller College of Business. While still in high school, Chris served as an intern with the Bibb County Georgia School System Police Department and with the School Safety Project of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Office of the Governor. Chris and his work have been featured in a variety of print and video news media outlets including 20/20, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Sally Jesse Raphael, ABC World News Tonight, Law Enforcement Television Network, MTV, Univision, Sean Hannity, China Central Television and hundreds of others. In addition to Staying Alive, Chris is the co-author of Innocent Targets: When Terrorism Comes to School as well as numerous other articles and research papers on the topic of school safety.


“I was truly impressed by Chris Dorn’s presentations on school violence, school emergency preparedness and schools and terrorism given at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University. The content was very relevant and useful as these topics are new here in Vietnam.”

Phuong Nguyen, Ph.D, Country Director, Vietnam Education Foundation, Hanoi, Vietnam


“Innocent Targets – When Terrorism Comes to School brings clarity and reason to a topic few people see clearly and most people can’t stand to consider. Michael and Chris Dorn have done the nation an important service.”

Gavin De Becker, Former Captain L.A.P.D. and best selling author, The Gift of Fear


“Chris Dorn is one of our nation’s leading school safety experts and Innocent Targets – When Terrorism Comes to School is an important work in the field ”

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Best selling Author, On Killing and On Combat