MEMPHIS, Tenn - Several times a-year the Shelby County Office of Preparedness hosts active shooter and community emergency response team classes.
It’s all an effort to ensure residents know how to be protected if they find themselves in a deadly situation.
Instead of spending their Saturday running errands or enjoying time with family, Shelby County residents spent the day learning how to defend themselves against an active shooter.
Some classes are fuller than others.
After a shooting, like the one in Parkland, FL they tell us, registration is packed.
The shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School was one of 24 school shootings with injury or death in 2018. That’s according to Education Week, who reports 35 people were killed in school shootings in the U.S. last year where another 79 were injured.
According to the FBI, there were 250 active-shooter incidents in the U.S. from 2000-2017, including school shootings where 799 people were killed and another 1,418 injured.
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Back in the Office of Preparedness, the people attending the class say they want to be ready.
If you’re interested in taking a free Active Shooter Awareness class, visit staysafeshelby.us.
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