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Preparing for a worst case scenario, Clinton County employees trained Thursday on active shooter tactics called ALICE. It stands for 'Alert - Lockdown - Inform - Counter - and Evacuate.' 

County officials are learning them to increase their chances of survival, because it's been shown they work. 

In the Virginia Tech shootings, five classrooms were targeted by the shooter.    

Three of those rooms followed the school's 'lockdown' procedures, staying down to avoid gunshots.    

Two of the rooms had time to barricade doors or jump out windows.     

28 students died in rooms where students stayed put, compared to two dead in rooms where students did something about it. 

The ALICE method uses this philosophy: fight back, barricade doors, break windows, do whatever you can to survive.  

Clinton County employees practiced several live scenarios to see what makes a difference. 

When employees were told to sit tight, turn off the lights, and lock the door, 19 people out of 33 were shot. 

Then little by little, the scenarios incorporate more ALICE methods. Employees are allowed to lock down or escape if they see a chance.  

"Your fight and flight kind of kicks in," one employee says. 

12 are shot that time. 

When they put all the ALICE methods to the test, barricading doors, escaping, or fighting back, no one is shot that time. Even when employees aren't expecting it, three people are wounded and the rest get out safely.  

"I don't think any training is absolute, but it's about increasing survivability, planning and preparation to do so," Clinton County ALICE Coordinator Brian McKenrick says.     

It gives employees a chance, preparing for the worst as best they can.   

"Whoever's out there and has these crazy nutty ideas to hurt individuals, they're going to know in Clinton County we're ready for them and we're prepared, they're not going to make us victims."

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