University of Iowa trains people to react to armed intruders

“Lightning is striking the Earth someplace,” UI Lt. Jess Bernhard…

“Lightning is striking the Earth someplace,” UI Lt. Jess Bernhard said. “That’s just like active shooter.”

Part of Bernhard’s job is to help prepare people for the unlikely event that they find themselves in the vicinity of an armed person. Situations like that are fluid and changing from moment to moment, but there are steps people can take to prepare themselves, he said.

In the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shooting Friday that claimed the lives of 26 teachers and schoolchildren — the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history — Bernhard is likely to see an uptick in the number of people who register for Thursday’s Violent Incident Survival Training.

UI hosts between two and six of the two-hour training sessions each month, but organizers tend to see a spike in participants after major shootings such as the one at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., this past July or in a grocery store parking lot in Tuscon, Ariz., in January 2011, said Dave Visin, UI’s associate director of public safety.

Read the rest of Tara Bannow’s report at Iowa City Press-Citizen

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