Faced with danger, how would you react? NCSD staff faces that danger

(Casper, Wyo.) - "The only thing that kills students is an active shooter. Not a fire, not a tornado, a shooter," commented NCSD Risk Manager Andrea Nester Tuesday at Frontier Middle School. Nester was instructing twenty Natrona County teachers and staff about the dangers of an active shooter in the community and in their schools. "Seventy percent of our district staff is trained in the ALICE program and the purpose of this training is to produce the same anxiety levels that one would feel in an active shooter scenario. What I will be teaching today, one can use anywhere, at Wal Mart, on a bus, not just in schools, " said Nester. ​ ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate, and Nester reported that ALICE is not a linear, progressive response, it depends on the situation. To begin her program, Nester detailed the three Wyoming Violent Intruder events that occurred on our home soil in Wyoming, which included: - Cokeville Elementary Hostage Crisis in 1986. - Sheridan School Shooting in 1993. - Casper College Shooting in 2012. "The FBI has determined that active shooter incidents have more than doubled in the last seven years (2000-2013). Sixty percent of the incidents ended before police arrived," stated Nester. She continued to comment that of 160 incidents reported, thirty-nine of them occurred in educational settings, and nine times out of ten the shooting comes from inside the school. "One of the biggest things that happens to us as humans, is when a situation arises, we don't believe our own alerts, we deny what our bodies and minds are telling us." ​ "It can be common sense to think about, but nobody has given us this information. If an active shooter is inside, you want to get everybody outside. If the shooter is outside, you want to get them inside." Nester told instructors that as humans, we carry three main reactions to stressful situations, fight, flight and freeze. "The human reaction is flight and yet we teach ourselves and our students to freeze and not move. The best thing someone can do is to get out and not freeze," commented Nester. She mentioned that negotiations never works with a threat and to be aware of your alerts. Nester also shared with staff videos and feedback from the Virginia Tech shooting and reported that of the thirty that were killed, twenty-eight were passive during the shooting and the two were killed for being proactive. With the help of ALICE instructor, Drew Walker, the two detailed ALICE. *Alert:* - Believe in your own alert and notify others. - Provide as much detail as possible, description, location. - Use all available means to warn others. *Lockdown:* - Keep doors locked at all times. - Barricade doors and windows. - Use objects in the classroom/area to block the doors. *Inform:* - Be flexible as the situation is dynamic and ever changing. - Use real-time information to alert others. - Use any means available to alert others. *Counter:* - Provide an outside stimulus, throw a book or something to distract the attacker. - Use noise and movement to disrupt the shooter - SWARM the shooter and involve as many persons as possible. Staff practiced SWARM techniques: ​ *Evacuate:* - If inside, get outside, if outside get inside. - Establish a rally point for students and parents to pick up their child. - Do not use a car to evacuate, you may appear to be the suspect. "The best thing you can do when faced with danger is to do something. Hiding under the desk and telling others to do the same will not save you," warned Nester. The staff members will participate in active shooter scenario training later this week. To learn more about ALICE and the NCSD program, contact the Risk Manager, Andrea Nester at (307)-253-5200. #oilcity #news