Gulf County health department hosts active shooter training program

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

Throughout the presentation, a representative from DSI took detailed notes, including the answers to any questions that arose and the answers.

Several days after the exercise, a full report is provided that allows companies to update their policies, procedures and can be utilized in future trainings.

“It can make a huge difference if people pre-plan,” said Schenk. “If this scenario happens, this training will give people awareness that could be the difference between life and death.”

The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County had an all-hazards plan but an active shooter procedure was missing.

“We didn’t have a structured plan,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties. “We train often for weather situations, but there are other threats in this day and age,”

She stressed the importance of such a program for healthcare providers, schools and businesses that are “wide open” to the public.

Lindeman herself had been in a scenario with an active shooter before, and noted that from time to time, companies receive threats and it’s vital that the staff knows how to respond.

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