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Being prepared in emergency situations

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Monson Police believe preparation is key in responding to situations where lives are at stake. That's why the department provides free training to townspeople who want to learn life saving strategies.

Active shooter training introduces people to the key components of the FBI's Alice Training program. Alice stands for Alert, lock down, inform, counter and evacuate. Administrators, teachers and students in the Monson school system are all trained to try and increase the survivability of an active shooter situation. Michelle Loglisci is the director of transportation for Monson schools. She says, “Traditional lock down really tends to limit the survivability. We learned that through events that happened like Virginia Tech and Columbine and Sandy Hook.  And that's when we decided it was time to do something proactive and authorize and empower our staff and students to help themselves.”

Police say minutes are valuable in an active shooter situation. And since it takes law enforcement an average of 5-6 minutes to respond, what's done before they arrive can indeed save lives.  

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