Preparing for Anything

 

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An active shooter class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the Adobe Room of the Cole Community Center. The event will be about 90 minutes and is free and open to the public.

 

I use my Crock Pot a lot. It’s so nice to place the food inside in the morning and come home to a warm, ready dinner. A few years ago I happened to be home as the Crock Pot was working its magic. I was in the living room when I heard a loud “POP!” My husband and I looked at one another, neither of us sure what the sound could have been. I decided to go into the kitchen to investigate. I found that my Crock-Pot was sparking quite badly. Before I knew it, smoke started to billow from the kitchen appliance. I froze. I knew I needed to move the Crock Pot outside, but I just stood there. My daughter started to cry in a panic, also frozen. My husband, the cool-headed one among us, unplugged the Crock Pot, grabbed some pot holders and took the device outside. He sprayed it with a fire extinguisher and watched it make sure it was done. He then took out the Crock Pot liner and threw away our much-anticipated dinner.

The point is that even though I knew what to do in that situation, I felt helpless to actually do so. I lost all common sense in a split-second.

This can happen to any of us. In today’s society, there are many emergency situations that we think are prepared for, but we might lose that sense when it happens to us. These situations are much more serious than a small Crock Pot fire, and your chance of surviving is related to how you react.

Active shooter situations have become common in America. They happen at schools, churches, and concerts. That’s why the City of Canyon and the Canyon Police Department are holding a free and public class on Jan. 23.

The event is an Active Shooter Class that covers preparedness, the run-hide-fight concept and to be aware of one’s surroundings and mindful of changes and exits.

The class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in the Adobe Room of the Cole Community Center. The event will be about 90 minutes and is free and open to the public.

Matt Coggins of Canyon Police Department explains the importance of the class, as well as a bit of what will be covered. No registration is needed, so we hope to see you there!

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