Emergency Management Liaisons conduct active shooter civilian response training
Glade Elementary School staff add to preparedness knowledge
CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Assigned to one of six Homeland Security regions of the state, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Liaisons serve as WVEMD's frontline for community outreach and disaster response. In addition, the liaisons help build more resilient communities by providing high-quality training to emergency management professionals and community members.
On April 4, WVEMD Liaisons Shawn Dunbrack, Sandy Green, and Theresa White conducted a training course to assist 41 faculty members at Glade Elementary School in Cowen prepare for an active shooter event.
“I would like to personally thank the EMD liaisons and Director McCabe for bringing this training to Webster County," said Office of Emergency Services Director Richard Rose. “The staff learned important techniques for intervening in different scenarios, and we'll build on those skills with more comprehensive courses. I look forward to working with the liaisons and remaining schools in the county for further training."
As public awareness increases, schools, businesses, community groups, and individual citizens have asked what they can do to protect themselves and others during an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, created by Texas State University, provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.
The CRASE course was designed and built upon the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University.
Through the ALERRT program, all WVEMD Liaisons are certified to instruct the CRASE training course. If your organization or group is interested in the no-cost training, please contact one of the WVEMD Liaisons for more information.
Monday's training, held at Glade Elementary School in Cowen, was arranged by Webster County OES Director Richard Rose and Glade Elementary Principal Jim Weber as a preparedness effort for the school.
Photos courtesy of WVEMD Liaison Shawn Dunbrack.