MSU holds active shooter awareness seminar

MSU holds active shooter awareness seminar
Source: KAUZ
Source: KAUZ
Source: KAUZ
Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - If there's an active shooter situation, do you have a plan?
Patrick Coggins, Midwestern State Chief of Police, is making sure you do with an active shooter awareness seminar.
It was held Wednesday at MSU, thanks to the America's Small Business Development Center.
Chief Coggins said mass shootings are on the rise.
    "These incidents have only been increasing in frequency and also in size over the period of the last 10 to 15 years," Chief Coggins said.
A 2014 study by the F.B.I showed an average of 11.4 mass shootings each year, leading to over 1,000 deaths.
Vanda Cullar, SBDC of MSU Regional Director, stresses having a plan.
    "It is about awareness," Cullar said. "We can't really prevent it. We just need to be aware and have a plan in place. I hope that this helps those who attended today to think about their response should such a horrific event take place."
In the same F.B.I study, businesses or malls make up over 45 percent of mass shootings and higher education facilities over 24 percent.
Chief Coggins said if everyone remembers just one thing from the presentation, it's to run, hide and fight.
He adds it's straight to the point and easy to memorize.
    "That's why I like the video so much," Chief Coggins said. "It's so succinct; so short but yet steps in there."
Cullar said she had one strong takeaway from Chief Coggins remarks.
    "We need a plan in our office, on campus and in our places of business," Cullar said. "None of us want to believe that this would happen here, but I'm sure everywhere this has happened, they've all thought that."
Chief Coggins said being able to convey this information will make people more knowledgeable and prepared.
If you missed the seminar, you can click here.

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