MIDLAND, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- “If we didn’t believe that we needed this before yesterday we certainly do now,” says one of the Pastors at First Baptist of Midland.
It’s a devastating reality for too many in America. “It could have been me, that could have been in my hometown and so I think people are taking into consideration that this could happen at some point in my life,” says the head of Security at FBM, Wes Lewis.
Hundreds now left wondering what will it take and seeking answers on how to prepare for such tragedies.
“With all the situations that have happened around Texas and through the Nation we thought it would be good to prepare and train the people that attend First Baptist Church here to know what to do in case an event happened here at our location,” says Lewis.
He says it’s the harsh realities of the Nation’s current climate and it’s crucial for everyone to have an exit strategy.
“We need to be more and more aware of our surroundings and what’s going on around us and also plan ahead on what you would do in the event if something happens.”
The event’s biggest message: avoid, deny, defend.
“Avoid the shooter if you can and deny the shooter access to wherever you’re at. If you can’t do any of those you’re going to have to defend yourself,” says MCSO Deputy Chett Thatcher.
Stating that on average it takes law enforcement 3 minutes to respond to an active shooter call.
“The rules of ‘can I break this window’ that shouldn’t be a question break the window and get your kids out.”
Lewis says change starts with tough conversations. “I need to be prepared and start thinking about what to do so more people are open to coming to training’s like this to see what they should do and let law enforcement lead the way in this training.”