CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Assigned to one of six Homeland Security regions in the state, West Virginia Emergency Management Division Liaison Officers serve as the front line at WVEMD to community awareness and disaster response. Additionally, Liaisons help build more resilient communities by providing high-quality training to emergency management professionals and community members.
On April 4, WVEMD Liaisons Shawn Dunbrack, Sandy Green and Theresa White hosted a training course to help 41 faculty members from Glade Elementary School in Cowen prepare for an active fire event.
“I want to personally thank EMD Liaisons and Director McCabe for bringing this training to Webster County,” Office of Emergency Services Director Richard Rose said. “Staff have learned important techniques for responding to different scenarios, and we will build on these skills with more comprehensive courses. I look forward to working with the County Liaisons and remaining schools for further training. »
As public awareness increases, schools, businesses, community groups and individual citizens have asked what they can do to protect themselves and others during an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course, created by Texas State University, provides strategies, tips, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event.
The CRASE course was designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Center for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University.
Through the ALERRT program, all WVEMD liaisons are certified to deliver the CRASE training course. If your organization or group is interested in the free training, please contact one of the WVEMD Liaison Officers for more information.
Monday’s training, held at Glade Elementary School in Cowen, was hosted by Webster County OES Principal Richard Rose and Glade Elementary Principal Jim Weber in as part of a school readiness effort.