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From the Office of Sheriff R.A. Strickland, Colleton County Sheriff’s Office

An active shooter is a person determinedly engaged in killing or attempting to kill people. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. The threat of indiscriminate gun violence hasn’t diminished. That’s why active shooter preparedness training efforts continue to increase across the country. The goal is to help lower the body count by equipping people with the latest life-saving preparedness training.
Our course begins by describing the typical characteristics of active shooter incidents. It then explains how to determine the correct course of action in such a situation depending on the circumstances: escape, hiding in a secure location, or physically engaging with the shooter. Our instructors then advise seminar attendees on the principles you should follow in relation to each of these options. Finally, attendees learn about what to expect and how to react when law enforcement arrives.
All businesses and organizations should have an emergency action plan (EAP) that includes guidelines for dealing with an active shooter. Preparing for an emergency begins with having a clearly defined plan, a process where everyone involved knows exactly what they need to do and in what order. Effective training, reinforced by practice and drills, will make a difference and potentially save lives.
Who is this free active shooter preparedness training course for?
Everyone. Active shooter events happen at more than just schools and higher learning facilities like colleges and universities. Active shooter situations have become more common, in public places and at work premises.
Talk with your employees, friends, and family. If you have school-age children in your life, talk with their schools, ask about their planning and response. Ask children what lock-down measures and drills mean in their school and how they work. Discuss what key roles each person plays in the event they were ever involved in an active shooter incident. Proper preparation increases everyone’s safeness. Our goal is to encourage education and training, and we hope that providing the citizens in our community access to this important information can help save lives.
Help lower the body count, schedule our Active Shooter Training seminar at your place of worship, school or business TODAY! Please call Public Information Spokeswoman, Shalane Lowes at (843) 549-2211 ext. 2021, or via email slowes@colletoncounty.org

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