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Is Your Government Facility Prepared to Respond to Violence?

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In November of 2015, the Interagency Security Committee released its recommendations for Government Facility preparation for violent attacks. This report established a mandate that all Executive Branch Federal Employees (military exception) must receive training on proactive, options-based strategies. The policy also recommended that the Blended Model of online and on-site training by used to conduct this training. The ALICE program has led the way nationally on both the type of training, and this method of training now mirrored by the Federal Government.

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 preparation and training in responding to violent situations, and after 15 years these strategies are now mandated by the federal government for executive branch employees.

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

Why Proactive, Options-based Training is Needed.

On September 16, 2013, at 8:16 a.m., a man armed with a shotgun, began shooting in Building 197 at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. During the shootings, he shot a security officer and took the officer’s handgun, allowing him to continue shooting when he ran out of shotgun shells. Twelve people were killed; seven were wounded, including two police officers. The shooter traveled throughout the building even changing floors where he continued to find victims who remained in the building. The event lasted nearly an hour before police were able to stop the shooter.

With a proactive response:

On August 5, 2013, at 7:19 p.m., a man attacked the Ross Township Municipal Building in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, during a Ross Township meeting. He allegedly fired 28 rounds from a Ruger Mini 14 .223 rifle through a wall into the building. He then retreated to his car for a pistol. He entered the building and went into the meeting room where he continued firing.

While he was firing at people in the room, the shooter was grabbed and subdued by Bernard Kozen and Mark Krashe. During the struggle over the gun, the gunman was wounded in the leg with his own weapon. The citizens stopped the shooting and controlled the shooter until police arrived. 3 people were killed and 3 were wounded.

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