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ALICE – the vital training we hope to never need

By Staff | Apr 12, 2017

Wednesday, Miranda dePyper from Iowa Lakes Community College is organizing an ALICE?training at the school in Graettinger. ALICE?is an active shooter training, in which students and faculty learn ways to deal with a shooter who would come into the school.

President Teddy Roosevelt said, “in any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”?

The shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, which took place April 19, 1999, showed that hiding under desks and tables did not save lives.

The ALICE?Training Institute’s mission is to improve the chances of survival.

“The threat of an active shooter attack is rare but very real. We aim to eradicate the “It can’t happen to me” mentality and change the way people everywhere respond to armed intruders. At the ALICE Training Institute, we believe that individuals should be prepared for active shooter events and empowered to make their own life-saving decisions. Once empowered to make their own life-saving decisions, individuals must be trained in proactive active shooter response options, rather than a passive, mandated, one-size-fits-all response. We want all Americans to have the knowledge and skills to survive when shots are fired. We can achieve this by training as many people as possible and implementing training in drill form across all organizations. We have seen the successful results of fire drills. It’s time to start anticipating man-made disasters.”