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Training to protect against an active shooter-- groups are learning defense tactics like using distractions, fighting back, or evacuating. 

Several local school districts are getting trained on ALICE (which stands for Alert Lock down Inform Counter and Evacuate), but now the program is spreading to local businesses, government buildings, hospitals and more. 

Today over 30 staff at Genesis hospitals were trained in ALICE and staff from Saint Ambrose University, Oscar Meyer, and other local employers are training this week too, applying this knowledge to other public buildings-- beyond just schools.  

"What we've really found here is just a meteoric level of interest in it," ALICE Training Consultant Kerry Harris says. 

With local schools stepping up to learn ALICE, now others are jumping on the bandwagon too.  

"There's a potential for it happening anywhere," Genesis Security Manager Carolyn Venaglia says, "It just seemed right to be on the same page with them, to be able to understand how they were using ALICE and how we would use ALICE." 

The same principles still apply, using available objects to distract or barricade, giving more specific warnings to give people a heads up on the location of the shooter, and evacuating if you have a chance. But instructors are changing up the plan to apply to places other than schools too.  

"If they have patient responsibilities, if they're in a place where they can't evacuate, let's take the emphasis off evacuation and prepare them other ways," Harris says. 

The ALICE method philosophy gives people options beyond just locking down. 

"The possibility of an active shooting taking place is low, but the consequences of such an event are extremely high," Harris says.