The increase in violent events in schools and in public is the reason behind the ALICE Training Method. It's being taught to students, teachers, and now it can be taught to you.
ALICE stands for alert, lock down, information, counter, and evacuate. Now that schools and work places have lock down procedures using ALICE, it has been decided to host another ALICE awareness session, but this time it is focused on everyday life situations.
"Going to the mall, going to the movies, parks, even your church,” said Director of Public Safety, Bethany Hayes. “It's the same thing that we instruct with school environments and maybe even work place violence but just tweaked a little bit for every day life in the community. "
Some of the things that will be taught are situation awareness or indicators of strange behavior and then being proactive when something is not right.
"So what we talk about is, thinking about these things before it happens. When you go, look where the exits are, look for anyone who might be a potential indicator for something that just doesn't seem normal. So watch for those things, if something does seem weird, think about getting your family out."
This training is this Thursday at Elson Hall auditorium at OUZ at 7 p.m. It is open to the public and free.