Explaining ALICE

ALICE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. It is not designed to be sequential, but rather give a victim options in an active shooter situation in a public place.

According to ALICE national trainer Shawn Slezak, administrators from the following school districts and agencies attended training this week:

Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley, Rantoul City Schools, Hoopeston Area, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Urbana, Paxton-Buckley-Loda, Unit 7, St. Joseph, Mary Miller Junior High, Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School, Centennial High School, St. Joseph-Ogden High School, Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School, Countryside School, Champaign-Ford Regional Office of Education, Champaign police, Urbana police, Gibson City police, Paxton police, Champaign County sheriff's office.

Champaign school district officials have undergone the training, and Slezak said schools in Lombard already have the ALICE program in place. He is doing training sessions soon in Evanston and Skokie.

According to ALICE guidelines:

Alert — Use plain and specific language. Avoid code words.

Lockdown — Barricade the room. Silence mobile devices. Prepare to evacuate or counter if needed.

Inform — Communicate the shooter's whereabouts. Use clear and direct language.

Counter — Counter is an absolute last resort. Move, make noise. Throw objects to distract the shooter. Use body weight and gravity to gain control.

Evacuate — Break windows from the top corner. Move to a rally point. Keep hands visible and follow law enforcement commands.

On the Web: More info at AliceTraining.com.

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