CBI’s Active Shooter Response Training Program
For Businesses, Houses of Worship, Educational Facilities, and Government
CBI teaches the A.L.I.C.E. approach to Active Shooters. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Training provides preparation and a plan for individuals and organizations on how to more proactively handle the threat of an Aggressive Intruder, Active Shooter, or Terrorist event. Whether it is an attack by an individual person fueled by disorder and hate, or by an organized group of professionals intent on conveying a political message through violence, ALICE Training’s goal/option based tactics have become the accepted response to violent incursion, versus the traditional “lockdown only” approach.
In the confusion of an Active Shooter or Terrorist Event, the protection and safety of all human life are the top priority. However, the circumstantial, operational, and environmental concerns vary in every violent event – each event is different. It is therefore impossible to create a static plan of action that fits all occurrences.
CBI’s training, utilizing the goal/option approach of ALICE, teaches the GOALS that save lives and the OPTIONS that allow students to determine tactically sound responses in the face of overwhelming violence wherever they may encounter it: be it Police/LE, K-12 Schools, Healthcare Facilities, Higher Education, Businesses, Government, and Houses of Worship.
Alert – Your first notification of danger
An alert is your first indication of a threat. The sooner you understand that you’re in danger, the sooner you can save yourself. A speedy response is critical. Seconds count.
Alert is overcoming denial, recognizing the signs of danger and receiving notifications about the danger from others. Alerts should be accepted, taken seriously, cause action, and should help you make survival decisions based on your circumstances. Training increases the awareness and speed to action when alerted.
Lockdown – Secure and Barricade Prepare to EVACUATE/EXFIL or COUNTER if needed.
If immediate Evacuation/Exfil is not a safe option, secure your space by barricading entry points in an effort to create a more secure starting point. Our training explains how in some situations, Lockdown may be the preferable option; while dispelling myths about traditional ‘passive lockdown’ procedures that create readily identifiable targets and make a shooter’s mission easier.
CBI’s trainers instruct on practical techniques for how to better barricade a room, what to do with mobile and electronic devices, how and when to communicate with police, and how to use your time in lockdown to prepare to implement other strategies (i.e. Counter or Evacuate/Exfil) that might come into play should the active shooter gain entry.
Inform – Communicate the attacker’s location and movement in real time.
To INFORM is to continue to communicate information to the people who need it in as real-time as possible while assessing the safety to do so. Armed intruder situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly, which means that ongoing, real-time information is key to making effective survival decisions. Information should always be clear, direct and in plain language, not using codes. If the shooter is known to be in an isolated section of a building, occupants in other areas can safely evacuate while those in direct danger can prepare to counter while in lockdown.
Video surveillance, 911 calls, and announcements are just a few of the channels that may be used by employees, safety officers, and other personnel to inform others. An emergency response plan should have clear methods outlined for informing employees, customers, or any other involved persons of the location of a violent intruder.
Counter – Actions that reduce the attacker’s ability to conduct violence.
Counter does NOT mean fighting as a first recourse.
CBI does not believe that actively confronting a violent intruder is always the best method for ensuring the safety of those involved. Counter is a strategy of last resort or best opportunity. Counter focuses on actions that create noise, movement, distance and distraction with the intent of minimizing the shooter’s chance of inflicting harm. If as a last resort, or if the opportunity presents itself, COUNTER creates the dynamics needed to fight and flee. Countering well can provide the precious seconds needed in order to evacuate/exfil.
Evacuate/Exfil – When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone.
CBI training provides techniques for safer and more strategic exfiltration from the area under attack. It may also provide an opportunity to assist in the evacuation of others who are injured, or of minimized capacity. Evacuation/Exfil to a safe area moves people out of harm’s way and hopefully prevents contact with the shooter.
Did you know that you should break a window from the top corner as opposed to the center? CBI teaches many useful techniques that most civilians do not know exist and can save your life. ALICE trainers teach strategies for evacuating through windows, from higher floors, and under extreme duress, as well as teach simple tools that anyone can have on their person to make times of duress much more survivable.
CBI can design an effective Active Shooter training program for you and your organization. To request a free introductory consultation, Contact Us.