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Cranberry seminar to offer input on how to survive a workplace shooting

| Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It's a situation no one wants to face, but something for which local businesses and organizations want to be prepared.

The Cranberry Township Police Department and Cranberry Business Hub are hosting a 60-minute educational seminar at 8 a.m. Jan. 13 about surviving an active shooter in the workplace.

The session, presented by Pittsburgh District Homeland Security Department Protective Security Advisor Bob Winters, is intended to help business owners and managers, but Cranberry public safety director Jeff Schueler said the seminar has attracted the interest of libraries and church groups as well.

Throughout the past year, businesses and organizations have been contacting public safety officials for information and training opportunities on active shooters, Schueler said.

“When there would be an active shooter situation somewhere in the country, we'd be getting phone calls,” he said. “There's so much information out there that they can find, and we thought it'd be good to bring an expert in and talk to them and give them guidance.”

The Department of Homeland Security asked state and local law enforcement officials nationwide to provide input about prevention and response efforts, said Department of Homeland Security spokesman S.Y. Lee.

The seminar in Cranberry is part of the department's efforts to expand training on active shooter situations.

Winters will cover topics like the characteristics of an active shooter incident, how to create an emergency plan, working with emergency responders and recovery after an incident.

Two Cranberry police officers will attend the event to discuss what to expect from the police department during a situation, and additional information on training and educational opportunities will be provided, Schueler said.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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