Gulf County health department hosts active shooter training program

Published: Friday, July 5, 2013 at 08:07 AM.

In an active shooter situation, the EOC will set up a phone number to handle all emergencies, freeing up law enforcement to report to the scene and work toward taking the shooter into custody.

Shooter situations often end up on the six o’clock news and Health Education Manager and Public Information Officer Sarah Hinds is responsible for controlling the release of information to the media.

“The public will focus on what they hear first and last and will always accept the negative over the positive,” said Hinds.

Equally important to what is happening outside the building; the training covered the accountability of employees who find themselves inside during a shooting.

Employees were reminded to take care of themselves first and to “not be a hero,” or take any actions that may interfere with police operations.

Attendees were also provided vital information about police tactics and were told that in the scenario, law enforcers would look at hands. If employees were able to escape, they should keep their arms visible and not to carry anything that could be misinterpreted as a weapon.

“Communication is critically important,” said Terry Schenk, exercise director for Disaster Strategies and Ideas, the group that created the scenario.

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