9am on a chilly Friday morning, my roommate and I stumble into Bowman hall only to quietly enter in the back of the lecture hall late as the presentation was starting.
Thankfully we hadn’t missed much and were able to get all the great information they shared that day. Although it was a bit unsettling to have to think about a shooting actually happening around me at school, it was good to know what to do in that kind of situation.
A.L.I.C.E stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. And the presentation covered these methods of safety as well as how to care for people who might be injured during the attack.
Alert for making sure that everyone is alerted of the danger now present and for keeping everyone updated on the situation.
Lockdown for locking doors to classrooms with things such as shoe strings, other string, or any rope like material found in the room. As well as barricading the doors with things like desks and other heavy objects found in the room.
Inform to keep yourself and others informed of the situation and to keep each other safe.
Counter to fight back against the shooter. Such as all tackling from behind to get the gun out of their hand, throwing things at their faces to distract them, and doing anything possible to get the gun out of their hands. It was also mentioned here that if you get the gun away from them, to put a trash can on top of it and sit on it to show you are not involved in any part of the shooting and are just keeping the gun away from the shooter.
And finally Evacuate, to have us all understand that if we have the means to do so, to run out of the building so that you can get at least two buildings away from the building the shooter is in.
As far as injuries go, we were taught how to carry an injured person who cannot walk themselves as well as ways to stop bleeding from gunshot wounds. One way was to use things such as tampons and pads because of their high absorbency to soak up all of the blood, and also how to make a quick tourniquet to help stop the bleeding as well.
Instead of locking ourselves in and hiding the darkness of a key locked classroom, this method of A.L.I.C.E. training teaches us how defend ourselves and do everything we can to get ourselves to safety. So it was overall a very informative session.