It's been more than 3 weeks since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting. But the reminisce of such a tragedy continues to hit home right here in southwest Georgia. That's why one man says he's determine to make sure folks are prepared.
Preparing for a shooting massacre like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary school is something that more schools and even companies are considering. The "it won't happen to me attitude" is becoming less common as these shootings happen more frequently.
That's why Chris Owens, co-founder of First Line Security and Training is adjusting the courses they offer.
"We just saw the need to branch our training out and provide it to the public and start teaching the public how to survive these violent attacks," says Owens.
The southwest Georgia company started a couple of years ago in an effort to train law enforcement officers how to deal with violent situations like public shootings or bomb threats. But in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, they felt a need to develop a course that would teach preparedness to school teachers, business owners, and city leaders.
"There's not so much a need to put firearms in classrooms with teachers. We do feel the need to arm the teachers with knowledge," says Owens.
Knowledge like emergency action plans and mental preparedness that could be the difference between life and death for entire schools, businesses, and communities.
Several high schools and colleges in southwest Georgia have used this program in the past. The company is hosting a one day seminar on February 2, 2013 at 1584-B Highway 19 South in Leesburg.