ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Response Training


The following ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) Response Training is designed to educate healthcare providers on the core principles behind each step of ALICE.

Violence can happen anywhere at any time. 69% of active shooter instances last five minutes or less, with many ending before law enforcement arrives. People must understand how to respond to an active shooter situation to maximize their chances of survival. ALICE Training prepares people to help themselves and others survive until help arrives. Furthermore, providing this training in your practice will emphasize the importance of keeping your staff and patients safe if a dangerous situation arises.

What you will learn:

  • How to recognize signs of danger
  • Techniques for securing a location
  • How to continuously share information about a shooter’s location and behavior
  • Strategies to distract the shooter if evacuation is not possible
  • The best practices for safely evacuating the area
  • How to make quick decisions during an active shooter event
  • Basic first aid skills


Course length: 1 hour. 

Languages: American English

Key features: Audio narration, learning activity, and post-assessment.

American Medical Compliance is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical  Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education to physicians. Our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is committed to enhancing the knowledge, skills, and professional performance of healthcare providers to improve healthcare outcomes. Through high-quality educational activities, we aim to address the identified educational gaps to support the continuous professional development of our medical community. American Medical Compliance designates this activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim this credit for their complete participation in this activity.

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What are the Components of ALICE?

ALICE is an active shooter response training mechanism, as mentioned above. Each of the letters in the acronym stand for a specific aspect of keeping those around you and yourself safe in case of an emergency situation. These letters stand for the following:

  • A: Alert. Alert is being aware of your surroundings and is the first indication of danger. Its major goal is to notice symptoms of an emergency or to gather information about risk from others.
  • L: Lockdown. ALICE’s extended “Lockdown” technique is an adaptable and strategic methodology that enables educators, students, and staff to successfully respond to emergencies where standard evacuation may be ineffective.
  • I: Inform: Inform is a key communication approach that begins when you receive a hazard signal. Its major goal is to give clear, real-time information that allows people to make informed decisions after completing emergency response training, which may include measures such as evacuation or lockdown.
  • C: Counter. While ALICE emphasizes the importance of using a variety of tactics to guarantee safety in life-threatening situations, Counter is especially created as a last resort. It uses noise, movement, distance, and distraction to reduce the shooter’s ability to precisely target persons.
  • E: Evacuate. The primary goal of Evacuate is to create a physical gap between possible victims and armed intruders. When practicable and safe, the ideal answer is to flee the danger, even if it means taking non-traditional routes.

Understanding and implementing these strategies in your practice will be extremely important in keeping everyone safe at all costs. To learn more about how to handle an active shooter situation in your healthcare practice, click the button below.


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