Georgetown, CA students in grades K-12 will are being trained on what to do in the event of an active shooter situation.
According to a news report, Georgetown Police Sergeant Derek Jones said the training is necessary because data show the old strategy of locking the doors and hiding doesn’t work; if a shooter wants to get into a school, church or other facility, he will; and police are not able to respond quickly enough.
The program Georgetown is using is known as ALICE and includes these steps:
Alert: Know what and where the danger is.
Lockdown: Stay in place and barricade doors, using common items such as belts and cables to prevent doors from being opened.
Inform: Use intercoms to tell everyone where the bad guy is, where he is going, what he is doing.
Counter: Take back control by being a hard target: distract the bad guy by running around and screaming; spread out; throw things at his head.
Evacuate: Get out whenever and however you can.
We applaud this effort and believe it will save lives.
However, not everyone has access to formal training on what to do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation, which is why we published How to Survive an Active Shooter: What You do Before, During and After an Attack Could Save Your Life.
Based on an interview with a terrorism and security expert, How to Survive an Active Shooter will tell you:
- What you should do when someone starts shooting
- How to decide between the four basic action options: Flee, Defend, Oppose, Defeat
- What you can do if escape isn’t possible
- Why playing dead can get you killed
- Why it’s dangerous to keep your cell phone with you
- How to defend yourself against an active shooter
- What you should do before and after law enforcement arrives
- And much more!
Remember, active shooter situations can happen anywhere—the workplace, schools, churches, theaters, entertainment venues, transportation centers, sporting events and other places. Learn how to save your own life and the lives of those you love.
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