AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Nearly 2,000 people in the Auburn community gathered in the Auburn University Arena Monday to prepare themselves for the unexpected.
"We want to do everything we can to train as many AU students as possible on how to react to a dangerous situation whether that be an active shooter or anything that threatens their safety," explains Chance Corbett, Associate Director of Public Safety and Security at Auburn University and lead instructor for this course.
The active shooter training course includes learning the acronym A.L.I.C.E, which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate.
It also presents different scenarios that have not protected people in the past, for example, hiding under a desk or table.
"The most important thing is it's not natural to make a decision quickly about something like this. We want to give them the options. If they ever find themselves in that situation it will instantly come back to them and it might be something that saves their lives," says Corbett.
The course curriculum is being taught nationwide.
The primary goal is to make people understand an active-shooter situation could become a reality in the matter of seconds.
"It's good to learn how to protect yourself and protect others and know what to do in a situation that could be so real in a world that has been so attacked," says Auburn student, Matthew McMullen.
If used correctly, this system could help minimize or eliminate lives lost if a shooter where to step on school grounds.
"We look and say what could happen," explains Corbett, "Most people don't live their lives like this, but we have to look and the "what if's," the worst case scenario and we have to be prepared for that."