A.L.I.C.E. stands for, Alert- Lockdown- Inform- Counter- Evacuate and is a comprehensive preparedness program utilized in the event of a violent intruder attack. The primary focus of the program is survival for those who find themselves under attack and the actions they can take until police arrive. Several State and Federal agencies, including the United States Department of Education, have stated that "Lockdown" as a single response to an active aggressor situation is no longer recommended. Other options must include Evacuate, Hide or Take Action. The initial training is given to the entire school staff. The first half of training consists of classroom instruction where the A.L.I.C.E. program is explained and demonstrated. The second half of training is scenario-based where the participants put into practice the concepts learned. The entire training spans three to four hours.