This month, Geary County Schools USD 475 became the first organization in the nation to be certified in the ALICE Intruder training program from the ALICE Training Institute Program. In 2016 USD 475 enhanced its emergency response tactics by implementing the ALICE Training Institute Program into its Emergency Operating Procedures (EOP). ALICE stands for; Alert, notify authorities and those in harm’s way of the danger at hand, Lockdown, or shelter in place, Inform, give real-time updates, Counter, the attacker as a last resort, and Evacuate, or get out.
The program is designed to give a person, or a group of people, who may find themselves in a violent, life-threatening situation, some mental and physical tools that could play a vital role in their survival. The program is designed so that anybody can employ the strategies. Young, old, male, female, it does not matter. One does not have to be a police, or military trained in order to survive a violent encounter. He or she does not need to have a frame of reference from which to draw, when making life-saving decisions under extreme pressure, much like preparing for a fire, tornado or earthquake.
USD 475 trained staff on how to implement the program and now each school is putting what they learned into practice with the help of a building level crisis team and the Director of Emergency Management, Scott Clark who is a retired fire chief officer.
Schools have been or will be participating in Safety Week throughout the year and parents should be receiving a text message following their child’s school ALICE drill. This text message is to serve as a reminder of the training and to reassure parents that the school participated in the drill and that no dangers were present.
Geary County Schools would like to thank their local emergency responders for their assistance in conducting these ALICE drills along with district staff and administration.