In the wake of recent school shootings, the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department wants people to be prepared.
They say everyone could benefit from a quick session of ALICE Training.
ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
It’s about what to do between the time the intruder enters and law enforcement arrives.
They say every second counts, and smart survival tactics are vital.
Active shooters have targeted not only schools but movie theaters and churches.
The Belmont County Sheriff’s Department can teach any group–from government offices to businesses to hospitals.
They say the answer is no longer just sheltering in place.
“You know, it used to be a simple lockdown procedure which has proven not to work,” said Chief Deputy James Zusack. “You’re creating a lockdown situation with stagnant targets which is not a good idea. ALICE does not dismiss lockdowns, but it gives you more options to survive a situation such as an active shooter.”
They’ve already taught people at the mall, in nursing homes and stores.
The tactics they teach have been proven to save lives.
And it’s free to any group in Belmont County.
For information, call the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department at (740) 695-7933.