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Tara Lea hopes area residents will attend the Active Shooter Seminar.

At the same time, she hopes they’ll never need to put that information into practice.

The public is invited to the seminar planned from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the private dining room on the Midland University campus in Fremont. Cost is $15 for the lunch.

During the seminar, Lt. Shane Wimer of the Fremont Police Department will provide information on possible threats to businesses; scenarios and solutions; and what to expect from emergency personnel.

“We have been thinking about doing the Active Shooter Seminar for a number of months and with recent events we just decided it was time,” said Lea, executive director of the Fremont Area Chamber of Commerce, the event sponsor. “We pray that none of our businesses will ever need to use anything they learn next week, but we do think that it’s important to be prepared.”

While Lea said the seminar is directed at businesses, anyone is welcome to attend.

“You never know where you might be and what could happen,” Lea said.

Lea hopes attendees will leave the seminar with a new way to look at their businesses so they can think about where to go and what to do – and things to look for – in the case of an active shooter situation.

She believes the seminar can create awareness for members in the community.

Attendees need not be chamber members to come to the seminar.

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Those planning to attend are asked to go to the chamber’s website at: fremontne.org. They can click on a calendar to register to help the caterer determine how much to prepare for the lunch. Walk-ins also are welcome.

Wimer encourages area residents to attend the seminar.

"In this day and age we want all our citizens to be prepared for a critical incident when it occurs,” Wimer said. “The training will consist of an approximately 50-minute power point with questions and answers at the end.

“We will cover what persons should do if an active shooter comes into their school, office or workplace. We want to educate on what the individual can do to help themselves survive such an event and what to expect when law enforcement shows up. The predominate thoughts on active shooter training is to: Prepare yourself by thinking of “what should I do If________ happens?”, when do I run from the shooter, when do I hide from the shooter, when do I fight the shooter. It should be a good class.

“I have put this same training on for all Midland students and faculty last year. It was a big success.”

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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