DEWITT, Mich. (WLNS) – An active shooter incident can happen in any place, at any time and recent tragedies nationwide have reminded us that the risk is real but the best way to stay safe is by being prepared.
On Saturday, leaders of Northpointe Community Church in DeWitt organized an active shooter survival seminar to give the public some helpful tips on what to do.
The workshop was led by the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and DeWitt Township Police Department.
“We have a plan for fire, we have a plan for tornado so they should have a plan for an active shooter as well,” said Deputy Steve Relyea with the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Relyea says while many people don’t want to believe that an active shooter could target their school, church or business, history has shown that’s not always the case.
“I don’t want them thinking “if” it can happen, they should think “when” it can happen because if they’re thinking “if” then they’re already in denial saying it’s never going to happen here,” said Deputy Relyea.
“It’s unfortunate that this is the times and culture that we live in but the reality is that these things happen, shooters, active shooters, violence, evil and so as a church we’re committed to helping people prepare for those things,” Pastor Chris Carter stated.
And people can do that by keeping three words in mind…run, hide and fight.
“If they can get out then they get out so it’s a run, if they can’t get out then they need to hide, they need to barricade themselves in to where the shooter can’t get to them, and then the final option is fight,” Deputy Relyea stated.
He says when involved in an active shooter situation, people who are legally carrying a firearm should be extra cautious because they don’t want to get mistaken as a suspect.
“They need to make themselves look as totally passive as they possibly can, if they can get the firearm put away, put the firearm away>,” said Deputy Relyea.
But most importantly, he says law enforcement can’t be everywhere so having the skills to take care of yourself in a chaotic situation is crucial.
“Citizens need to take that responsibility on themselves and know if their life is in danger, they need to know what to do in order to save their own lives and the lives of their families as well,” Deputy Relyea stated.
Northpointe Community Church plans on hosting several other seminars like this in the future so if you’d like to participate, we put some helpful information for you on our website under “Seen on 6.”
It is free and open to the public.