Dougherty EMA hosts active shooter training

Dougherty EMA hosts active shooter training
Dougherty County's Emergency Management Agency along with state emergency and security officials hosted the active shooter response training. (Source: WALB)
Casey Cope. (Source: WALB)
Casey Cope. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - After the country watched the latest school shooting unfold Friday, officials in Dougherty County hosted a training for people to learn how to respond to active shooting situations.

The training was planned for Saturday prior to the Santa Fe high school shooting.

Dougherty County's Emergency Management Agency along with state emergency and security officials hosted the active shooter response training.

People learned the avoid, deny and defend strategy.

It's a proven plan to survive an active shooter event.

Other topics discussed included the history of active shooter events and demonstrations.

"Being aware of your surroundings. Taking the time when you come into an environment, whether it be a restaurant or movie theater, or even the church, take that extra second to look around and be aware of your surroundings," said Casey Cope, Homeland Security Coordinator, GA EMA & Homeland Security Agency.

The training was free and open to everyone.

You can contact your local EMA to request a training for your business or school.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.