Preparing employees for the potential of an active shooter is the purpose for a one-day course hosted by Capitol Plaza Hotel and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The course will be Feb. 22, with instructors showing how to identify strengths, weaknesses and gaps in physical security, as well as learning how to recognize behaviors of a person who might be thinking about carrying out such an act and stopping them before it happens.
Those who attend the course will be shown what actions they should take before, during and after an incident to mitigate potential impacts and allow for a quick recovery. There will be firsthand accounts of survivors and responders who have gone through an active shooter incident, which authorities say is often over within three minutes before first responders can arrive on the scene.
Since Homeland Security began offering these programs in 2011, more than 230 workshops have been held across the country and more than 22,000 people have participated.
Registration is free and is open until noon Tuesday. Seated is limited to two people per organization.
For more information, visit dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness.