New Carlisle Public Library Announces Essential Oils Class

Bonnie L. McHenry, reprinted with permission from the New Carlisle News

     On August 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m., the New Carlisle Public Library is offering a class on essential oils.  Julia Cook, who is a Wellness Advocate with doTERRA Essential Oils, will offer the class.  The class will cover the fundamental principles of the use of Essential Oils and will provide suggestions to parents for the use of oils for their school age children as they try to cope with the stresses of going back to school.

     Essential Oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  Essential oils have been used for centuries in food preparation, beauty treatment, and health care practices.  Some of the products offered by the company include blends that address balance, clarity and serenity to help both school age students and parents better manage their stressful lives.


New Carlisle Public Library Announces A.L.I.C.E. Training Class

Bonnie L. McHenry, reprinted with permission from the New Carlisle News

     On Saturday, September 19, 2015, the New Carlisle Public Library will offer A.L.I.C.E. Training, Violent Intruder Response Training.  Jeff Christmas will conduct the training class from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.  A.L.I.C.E. Training is designed to give a person, or group of people, who find themselves in a violent, life-threatening situation, some tools that can help them increase their chances of survival.  A.L.I.C.E. is an acronym for alert, lockdown, inform, counter, and evacuate as a means to survive a violent attack.

     The first step is to alert or notify authorities of the danger.  Means of doing this include 911 calls and pulling the fire alarm.  Callers should be prepared to provide as much information as possible to authorities including location, suspect information, type of weapons and a call back number.  The caller should stay on the line unless his or her safety is compromised.

     The second step is to lockdown and secure the location.  This involves barricading entry points and erecting obstacles to prevent the intruder from entering an area.

     Third, personnel should provide real-time updates to authorities as much as possible including intruder location.  Any public address systems or surveillance equipment can be used to distract the intruder and allow others further from the intruder to escape.

     Fourth, if confrontation is eminent, victims should attack the intruder as much as possible.  Objects can be thrown, victims should spread out, victims should turn off and on lights, or use any other means that distract the shooter and reduce accuracy.

     Last, the E is for evacuate.  Put as much time and distance between victims and the attacker as possible.  If an intruder is in one part of the building, individuals in other areas should leave the facility quickly.  In addition, it is important to have a pre-established rally point to account for personnel.

     All public facilities should consider attending the training class including schools, churches, government facilities, and businesses.  The training may save the lives of individuals within the organization.