Being aware and being prepared: Active shooter training held in Clyde

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) - 26 people dead in a church shooting in Sutherland Springs. 58 dead after a gunman opens fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

These are just two recent mass shootings in the United States.

While these massacres are nothing new, some people are starting to prepare for the worst, including the Clyde Police Department which held an active shooter training for citizens.

"There's a lot going on in the world right now and we wanted to try to just give people some skills and get people thinking about what they would do if they are faced with an active shooter or really any other kind of disaster," stated Clyde Police Chief Robert Dalton.

The class had almost 30 residents in attendance. All asking the same question. What should I do?

"You get in these situations," added Tom Watson, "and the first thing you're going to do is freeze."

Which is what Chief Dalton says many people will do. Freeze.

This course is offered to teach people the steps you can take to keep yourself alive.

"It's really not being paranoid. It's being aware," explained Chief Dalton. "Let's replace the word paranoid with the word aware. Be aware of those things. Be thinking in your mind, what would I do if I'm faced with this situation?"

This "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events" is a free course many local departments are offering to citizens in hopes of preparing them for the worst.



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