Law enforcement agencies have worked diligently to assess their response strategies to episodes of targeted violence. Some of this recent insight has been codified. Expert training now revolves around the acronym A.L.I.C.E.
Alert – Events have shown that clear communication is key. Agencies may use plain language, not code, when communicating about a live situation. Codes are often agency-specific and can hamper understanding in a crisis situation.
Lockdown -- Traditional lockdown techniques have been reconsidered. Experts now have a broader range of recommendations for how to proceed with aspects of a lockdown, whether it be Barricade, Role of Mobile Devices (silence, or use), and how to use time in lockdown to formulate specific response strategies or communicate with police.
Inform -- Communicate with law enforcement and tell them about the location and actions of the shooter as it is changing or happening.
Counter -- It has been observed that shooters often work alone and that it can change things if their plans are thrown off balance. Anything a person can do to gain control of a situation is acceptable. Law enforcement now encourages individuals in a crisis situation to "Do Something," with the realization that they are, in essence, the first of the first responders, and that seconds count.
Evacuate -- When it is safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone. There are new techniques for more strategically evacuating, whether it is as an individual or as a group, so that more people can get away without having to come into contact with the shooter.
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