WESTERNVILLE, N.Y. - With mass casualty events happening all too frequently, the goal of Thursday night's seminar was to teach community members how to stay safe and be prepared for emergency situations, like an active shooter.
The presentation, held at the Western Town Library, covered the best strategies for surviving and helping others during unexpected violence.
Mike Uhl with the Town of Webb Police Department says while you can never really be prepared for an active shooter situation, understanding how to react and being aware of your surroundings can play a big role in your chances of survival.
"It's a topic that's the elephant in the room, no one wants to talk about it however it's good to get it out to the public," Officer Uhl said. "It doesn't hurt to know about it, to think about it, to just mentally prepare yourself for a circumstance if you're caught up in one and it might not be where you are in town, it could happen when you're on vacation or at the supermarket, just keep self awareness."
Those who attended the seminar say it was very informative.
"The reason I came is to make myself better informed because that's going to help my chances of survival I think," Rome resident, Frank Corradino said.
Those giving the presentation say while awareness is key, training exercises, having an emergency action plan and an emergency evacuation plan are just a few ways to prepare yourself in an active shooter situation.
They also discussed the importance of knowing how to help someone else in the aftermath of a traumatic incident.