San Antonio medical facility leaders improve security and practice after series of mass shootings across the United States


SAN ANTONIO – A school, a grocery store and a medical facility are all public places that have seen deadly mass shootings in recent weeks. Safety and security officials at hospitals in the region say they are on high alert and have started to modify their training and improve security.

Roy Alston, vice president of safety for Christus Health System, said more targeted training for select staff will begin next week.

“We’re going to start teaching it to more small groups, one-on-one, so people can get a good understanding — where they work, that’s how you react,” Alston said.

UT Health San Antonio Police Chief Michael Parks said he’s confident all agencies in Bexar County will respond in a coordinated fashion because they’re all on the same radio frequency. This means that there will be no response delay.

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Parks said he reviewed their protocols, drills and workouts to make sure there were no holes. He has also been in contact with surrounding law enforcement agencies to ensure everyone is on the same page.

“Collectively, as a group, we take on the hugely important role of keeping our community safe,” Parks said.

Parks and Alston say visitors should know to run, hide or fight.

“If you hear gunshots, get out of the building, get out of the way. That way you don’t become a victim,” Alston said.

Find more information released by the FBI on Run, Hide, Fight by by clicking here.


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