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AU trains staff for active shooter response

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

The Auburn University Public Safety Department is offering students and faculty the tools needed when faced with the horror of an active shooter on campus.

The program is called A.L.I.C.E, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.

If used correctly, this system could help minimize or eliminate lives lost if a shooter where to step on school grounds.

"The police are trained to respond very fast and they're very good at what they do, but they're not going to be there within the first few minutes so we want to give the employees and students information, they may be able to make a decision," explains Chance Corbett of AU's Department of Public Safety.

The course gives a history of active shooter events and how police used to respond.

It also presents different scenarios that have not protected people in the past, for example, hiding from an armed intruder.

"We teach them not only how to do it, but we give them the reasoning of why it works," says Corbett. "A lot of people think it's impossible because he's got a gun and I don't have one. We give different tactics and different options that they may use as an option to survive."

The course has been so successful that the curriculum is being taught nationwide.

The primary goal is to make people understand that this situation could become a reality like the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

"It only takes one person in the room to have this type of training to lead everybody else to the point of survival," states Corbett.

Selena Day is an employee of the AU's School of Pharmacy and participated in Friday's course. The message of taking proactive steps to protect herself in a dangerous situation resonated with her.  

"It's good to know what to do in those situations," Day says. "I think the thing I learned the most is not to make myself a sitting duck that you got to do something. You just can't sit and try to hide because apparently that doesn't work."

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