SIERRA VISTA, AZ (Tucson News Now) - This week in Sierra Vista, teachers are receiving special training to help protect their students, in the event of an active shooter situation or a suspect loose on school grounds.
This new program is called A.L.I.C.E., which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. The A.L.I.C.E. program was developed and many schools across the U.S. began training with it right after the 1999 deadly shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.
The primary focus of the program is survival for those who find themselves under attack and the actions they can take until police arrive.
Alert - when hearing a gunshot or screaming.
Lockdown - this means an enhanced lockdown, barricading the door to the classroom and windows, not allowing a threat to enter the classroom.
Inform - give an announcement over the P-A system, for example what area the person/persons are in, this informs those taking cover where to expect the threat.
Counter - this is a distraction technique, it could be making noise, some type of movement, or a swarm technique similar to a tactic used by the Secret Service.
Evacuate - the school or business should develop a rally point. During an active shooter situation there is chaos and knowing where to go is key to keeping everyone safe.
Trainers of A.L.I.C.E. have said those using the program do not have to follow it in order, it is a reminder of what to do if there is an attack. Interested in signing up for this specialized training - click here.
So far, over 2,000 law enforcement agencies and more than 1,900 schools have adopted this program.
Kevin Adger has more on this specialized training going on in Sierra Vista on Fox 11 Daybreak. He can be followed on Twitter @K_Adger_TNN.