SPRINGFIELD, MO (03/08/18) - In the past 15 years, there have been 200 active shooter situations in the United States. And Drury University doesn’t want to be one of those numbers. Doing active shooter training, they want to make sure their faculty is ready in case the unfortunate ever happened.
Drury University got close and personal with their faculty to train them for an active shooter situation. Officer Michael Walker, stationed on the campus, says training faculty and staff can help save lives. “We put people in a situation and we get their heart rate up a little bit with a little bit of adrenaline going and make them think about what they’re going to do under pressure.”
Walker says he teaches with the ALICE training: alert, lock down, inform, counter, and evacuate. Using different scenarios to prepare the staff first, we were under a traditional lock down. “You turn off the lights and hide and just show how many casualties there are when all you do is turn off the lights and hide," he says.
Then moving on to the next scenario we learned how to barricade the doors and try to buy time for the police to show up. And lastly, if running and hiding fails you we learned how to fight back.
Walker says over the past 15 years a total of 578 unarmed citizens were killed by an active shooter in the U.S. so he says to have an active threat plan.
For more information on active shooter training, Drury University has a video on their website. You can find that video here.