CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Situations like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Massachusetts, and the Aurora theater shooting, in Colorado, remind us, the we always have to be alert.
That's why the Citadel hosted an active shooter workshop Monday.
The school's Criminal Justice Department worked with the Department of Homeland Security and SLED to offer a free day long session aimed at reacting to a crisis situation.
The workshop consisted of a number of exercises. But when it comes to active shooter situations, officials say it's important to remember your 1, 2, 3's.
" Escape, evade and engage," said retired secret service agent Ed Lugo. "When we talk about escaping, we talk about getting away from the problems. When you evade, you barricade yourself. Well the last one is the engagement. You're going to have to make a stand."
Participants, like Dr. Kathy Lehman-Huscamp, said it's important to prepare for the worst. She's a pediatric ER doctor at MUSC and the Medical Director for Emergency Management at MUSC and said no one should ever feel too safe.
"My message is that we don't necessarily feel Charleston is an unsafe place. But, we're always trying to prepare for the unexpected. We're trying to be here for the community," said Dr. Lehman-Huscamp. "Preparedness is the best way to do that."
More than 100 people participated in the event.
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