Alexandria Technical Community College- Alexandria, MN

Nineteen people from law enforcement, schools, and businesses learned about the most effective strategies during an active shooter response training course at Alexandria Technical and Community College Friday. It was part of the ALICE Training Institute, an acronym for the key steps in reacting to a shooter: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. Those attending learned skills that bridge the gap between the time a violent event begins and law enforcement arrives. Instead, the participants learned how to be proactive by placing obstacles between themselves and the shooter by barricading the doors with chairs, desks and other furniture. “We were throwing bottles, a fire extinguisher, anything we could do to disrupt his plan until help gets there,” said an attendee. Another important element of the response is the “inform” part—using the public address system to alert others in the building about the shooter’s whereabouts. Read more