HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - With an increase in mass shootings over the last decade, many at risk organizations are taking necessary precautions to mitigate damages in the case of an active shooter situation.
"It's very important to have active shooter training, our patients and our staff are our number one priority when it comes to safety. We want to make sure that we have the staff trained as well as possible to have the best outcome in the event something should happen," said Christina Verran, Registered Nurse Coordinator at the Aspirus Houghton Clinic.
Tuesday at the Aspirus Houghton Clinic, the staff spent three hours learning about the best courses of action in an active shooter situation, and put those lessons to the test in structured drills.
"They're going to be going through some scenarios with us, showing us some tactics of what to do and there will be a little debrief session at the end going through some evaluations of what went well, what didn't go well, and what we can improve on," added Verran.
The officers involved in the teaching stated that the most important factor is having a set plan before a potential incident.
"Damage is already done by the time we get there, that's the reality of it. A lot of places are very vulnerable to a situation like that, and having some knowledge and preparation in place prior to an event unfolding can make a huge difference," said Matt Djerf, a Sergeant with the Michigan State Police Calumet Post.
Law enforcement officials are also constantly updating the training they teach to ensure that the community can stay as safe as possible.
"It's a changing world and we need to adapt to it. We need to prepare and be better with our security measures to avoid tragedies," added Djerf.