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Did you know that 70% of Active Shooter events occur at a place of business?

The ALICE Solution

ALICE empowers unarmed people collectively to save more lives during any violent attack — terrorist attacks, active shooter events, and violence. Rather than waiting passively for the police to arrive, ALICE empowers people. This is achieved by cultivating a survival mindset and instilling confidence in how skills already known can have a great impact on increasing survival with ALICE proactive, options-based training. These ALICE protocols transfer the power from the attacker to the victims and turn everyday actions into life saving measures.

The real first responders must be the people who are on scene when a violent attack begins because 60% of active shooter events are over before law enforcement arrives according to a FBI report.

ALICE Training is delivered through a blended approach of education and practice involving mandatory e-Learning together with Instructor Lead Training provided by Certified ALICE Instructors (ACI). To become a Certified ALICE Instructor, register for a course near you. Please note that the e-Learning course is available immediately after registering and provides the framework for attending the training and participating in the practice drills. The ALICE blended method ensures that attendees have the basic knowledge and preparation required to engage in the practical drill portion. It is an essential part of the ALICE toolbox where the strategies and principles of ALICE are defined and explained. Certified ALICE Instructors (ACIs) rely on the e-Learning to ensure their trainees are prepared.

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ALICE is in line with recommendations by federal and state government agencies across the US: Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); US Department of Education; State of Alabama; State of Massachusetts; Ohio Attorney General; State of Illinois; State of Minnesota; State of Vermont; among others.

ALICE strategies are the national standard for active shooter and workplace violence training, and after 15 years these strategies are now mandated by the federal government for executive branch employees.

The OSHA General Duty Clause:

Section 5(a)(1) says employers are required to provide their employees with a place of employment that “is free from recognizable hazards that are causing or likely to cause death or serious harm to employees.” The courts have interpreted this clause to mean that employers have a legal obligation to provide a workplace free of conditions or activities that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees.

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Why training like ALICE is needed and has been adopted by the Federal Government as the standard of care since 2013.

A shooting event at the Accent Sign Company in Minneapolis, MN illustrated the need for a corporate plan for both notification and training. The attacker was an employee who was told he would be let go from the company. His response was to pull out a gun and start shooting. Throughout the course of his attack, he moved to different areas of the building shooting victims. These victims either had the opportunity to remove themselves from the danger; or had the opportunity to collectively take back control from their attacker. Unfortunately, these opportunities had not been communicated to them through planning and training before the attack.

Ultimately, the shooter committed suicide, and the attack left 6 innocent people dead and 2 injured.

With a proactive response:

U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was hosting a town hall meeting outside the Safeway Grocery in Tucson, Arizona, when an attacker began shooting. The attacker killed 6 people and wounded 13 in less than 1 minute. The shooter was stopped by citizens before police arrived. Had they not stopped the violence, the casualty numbers undoubtedly would have been much higher.

On that tragic day, there were heroes who stepped up to save others. Their actions did not require years of special skills. They used common physical skills that everyone knows, and ones that practically anyone can do.

  • Patricia Maisch grabbed the magazine the attacker dropped when he was reloading. Interfered
  • Another person distracted the gunman by swinging a chair at him. Distracted
  • Bill Badger, a 74 year old retired U.S. Army colonel who was already shot and wounded, grabbed the attacker's legs and controlled him with the help of others until law enforcement arrived. Controlled

These individuals are heroes who bravely took action in the face of grave tragedy to help save others.