Crest Ink - Volume 31 - Number 02


by Karen Yardley Let us introduce you to ALICE. The ALICE Training Program is committed to increasing survivability in a violent intruder event through training proactive response options. There are more ways than one to be prepared for a violent event. Whether you are here at work, at the mall, in a theater, grocery shopping, attending your favorite sports game or listening to a concert, you have options. When ALICE response strategies are implemented, you are empowered to choose your best survival option. A violent event is any event at any location where a person (or persons) attempts to harm innocent people by any means and regardless of motivation. We hear about these events on the news all too often and we can no longer deny the fact that they could happen in a small town like Ashton. Seconds count during a violent event and the actions taken in between when the even begins and law enforcement arrives, are significant and can increase surviv- ability. The ALICE program empowers individuals to participate in their own survival using proactive response strategies in the face of a violent threat. The program is designed to ensure anybody can employ the strategies. Young, old, male, female, it doesn’t matter. The program has been adopted by businesses, healthcare facilities, schools, churches and organizations to prepare employees, staff, students and individuals in the event of a violent threat. We will be talking a lot about the ALICE program in the coming year as we enhance our Emergency Response Guideline and train employees. Let’s start with the basics – the ALICE strategies: A lert is your first notification of danger. It is recognizing the signs of danger and receiving information about the danger from others. L ockdown: If Evacuation is not a safe option, barricade entry points. Prepare to Evacuate or Counter if needed. I nform: Communicate real time information on shooter location. Use clear and direct language using any commu- nication means possible. C ounter: As a last resort, create noise, movement, distance and distraction to reduce the shooter’s ability to shoot accurately. E vacuate: When safe to do so, run from danger using non-traditional exits if necessary. Meeting points should be predetermined. Remember, there are no guarantees in an active shooter or violent intruder situation. Just as in most other emergen- cy situations, the more you prepare, the better your chances of survival. Probably the best thing we can collectively do as a company is to treat each other with respect, be nice to each other, and ultimately look out for each other so that everyone gets to go home safe to their families every day. Streator FFA Wins Illinois Food Science Contest The Streator FFA Food Science Team won the Illinois Association FFA Food Science Career De- velopment Event in Joliet, Illinois! Tristen Geary, MacKenzie Donahue and Alea Ogle will travel to the 92nd National FFA Convention in Indiana this October to represent Streator and the state of Illinois! This team had to develop a new product for consumers, identify multiple aromas, complete a math practi- cum, classify a customer inquiry or safety problem, and identify an off flavor in a triangle test. Last March, students on the Streator FFA Food Science Team spent the day at Crest Foods with people from R&D, Quality Control, and Packaging as a way to help them prepare for their state competition. Congratulations and good luck in October!

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