Dunedin Church hosts active shooter workshop

DUNEDIN, Fla. (WFLA) – The recent massacre in Uvalde, Texas has residents of the Tampa Bay area thinking about what they can do to protect themselves in the event of an active shooter. In response, the North Dunedin Baptist Church held an active shooter workshop on Saturday evening.

Daniel Kilburn, founder of Emergency Action Planning, led the discussion. He said situational awareness is important and is a tool you and your family can practice anywhere.

“If we go to a restaurant, they automatically find the exits. I’ll ask them about it. We have a password. If someone mentions this word, we are ready. There are no questions asked.

Kilburn said practice makes perfect.

“I was an infantry infantry master sergeant. You have to practice again and again. It’s like any tool. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

There are three major tips Kilburn wants you to remember if you find yourself in a dangerous situation: run, hide, or fight.

“Get out as fast as you can. If you can’t get out of this situation, hide. Find yourself a cache where you can’t be seen and if any shots are fired you’ll have something between you and them to stop the rounds. Finally, if you can’t run or hide, fight.

These are tactics that Krist Gates said are important to learn. His wife is a teacher and the latest news puts them on high alert.

“Sometimes we live in a world where we don’t think it can happen to us and it could.”

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