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The A.L.I.C.E Training was held at The Ohio University/Zane State College Campus this afternoon. The training stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate and is intended to teach survival options to students, faculty and staff to maximize the survivability during a crisis and extreme situations.
"Greg Crain was the founder along with his wife, she was a principal of an elementary school, he was a law enforcement officer and an SRT Officer. The two came together and were talking about what the response was in schools to active shooters. When she told him what "lockdown" was and what they were implementing, he about had a heart attack and said that's the last thing we would teach you as law enforcement," said Bethany Hayes, Director of Safety and Security at OUZ/Zane State.
Hayes says the lockdown strategy isn't necessarily the wrong thing to do, but says it's important to know all types of strategies. Barricading the door, group attacks against the shooter and evacuating the building are also other important options to consider
"Hiding in a corner all huddled together 'sitting duck syndrome' or hiding underneath the tables and desks is not going to do us anything. We can evacuate out of the building, we can barricade the door, we can do simple proactive things to save out lives versus just hiding there and taking it."
Hayes says survival is the number one priority and says to trust your instincts during a crisis.