Public invited to active shooter seminar

Published 12:03am Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NATCHEZ — “That would never happen here” isn’t a phrase in John Elfer’s vocabulary, particularly when considering the possibility of an active shooter situation.

That’s why he began leading free seminars to help people who don’t have law enforcement backgrounds to plan and prepare for such a possibility.

“A lot of folks will think that it’s never going to happen to them but if it unfortunately does, it’s going to be too late when it’s occurring to figure out where you can hide or where you can evacuate to,” Elfer said. “This isn’t meant to cause a bunch of hysteria, but it is meant to promote and provoke some thinking and planning on what you would do if a shooter came into your school, business or office.”

Elfer, who is the director of Warren County Emergency Management, decided to bring the seminar titled, “What you can do” to the Miss-Lou after being contacted by Ruth Nichols.

Nichols, Alcorn’s assistant vice president for educational and community partnerships, said she took part in Elfer’s seminar in Vicksburg and thought it would be beneficial for the Miss-Lou.

“It’s really good to see this kind of training and just get people thinking about making a plan and knowing what they would do in that situation,” Nichols said. “Some of the things are simple that you wouldn’t always think of like keeping your cell phone with you at all times.

“We don’t always think of those things, but it’s good to get those in the back of our minds.”

Two 50-minute sessions will be presented Thursday: one at 10 a.m. at the Steckler Multipurpose Building and another at 2 p.m. at the Central Louisiana Technical Community College Ferriday Campus.

The event is free, and the public is invited to attend.

 

  • Anonymous

    I thought Elfer was in a tree making cookies. ???

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    We need to support President Obama gun control and tell the people and congressman that we are ready for a vote!!!!

  • Sonny Daniels

    If you are so excited to support Osama’s gun control, then by all means, post a sign out in front of your home “Gun Free Home”. If you are proud of gun control, then advertise it. I am never surprised at the level of ignorance of the majority of citizens in this country. Your savior Osama doesn’t have any ability to curtail firearm rights in this country. Congress does not have any ability to curtail firearm rights in this country. The 2nd Amendment, which along with the rest of the Bill of Rights, were established to protect the states from the federal leviathan. As a matter of fact, the states would not have ratified without the BOR in place to prevent government tyranny by the fed. It is also crazy how many people cheer huge, unconstitutional power grabs by this dictator and the out of control federal government. Wake up people–history is a great way to understand how this will all play out. The Nazi’s came to power legally…they grew in power legally…the slowly took away individual liberties and rights with the will of the people legally…then one day, the people woke up and the Nazi’s had complete control legally and there was nothing they could do about it. I refuse to let that happen to me. I wouldn’t vote for Obama if he was running for dog catcher…he is a disgrace and a failure as president. His skin color is the reason why he is so popular…it certainly isn’t because of merit.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Your young and have no ideal of a family member being killed and until that time you don’t have a first stage moment of experience!! As for as calling the over 60% of the nations citizens ignorant speaks for a reflection of you and others that need to take a personal inventory especially a person as you that is the Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus!! This president is trying to stop some of this merciful killing of children and grownups and by the way the spelling is Obama!! You stole my motto of the no party republicans that I wouldn’t vote republican if they would run for dog catcher and this is your propaganda of your republican party and the nra is nothing fruitful to help the solution but the killing of more innocent people has got to stop!! At least this president is trying to improve the measure for talk is cheap huh’??!!

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    If you are so excited to support Osama’s gun control, then by all means, post a sign out in front of your home “Gun Free Home”. If you are proud of gun control, then advertise it. I am never surprised at the level of ignorance of the majority of citizens in this country. Your savior Osama doesn’t have any ability to curtail firearm rights in this country. Congress does not have any ability to curtail firearm rights in this country. The 2nd Amendment, which along with the rest of the Bill of Rights, were established to protect the states from the federal leviathan. As a matter of fact, the states would not have ratified without the BOR in place to prevent government tyranny by the fed. It is also crazy how many people cheer huge, unconstitutional power grabs by this dictator and the out of control federal government. Wake up people–history is a great way to understand how this will all play out. The Nazi’s came to power legally…they grew in power legally…th e slowly took away individual liberties and rights with the will of the people legally…then one day, the people woke up and the Nazi’s had complete control legally and there was nothing they could do about it. I refuse to let that happen to me. I wouldn’t vote for Obama if he was running for dog catcher…he is a disgrace and a failure as president. His skin color is the reason why he is so popular…it certainly isn’t because of merit.
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