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Homeland Security chief gives advice on surviving active shooter scenarios

September 29th, 2013 10:16 pm by Jeff Bobo

Homeland Security chief gives advice on surviving active shooter scenarios

ROGERSVILLE — The worst thing a person can do is adopt the belief that mass shootings happen to other people in other places and can’t happen here, according to Homeland Security specialist Jerry Stout.

Stout, who is regional adviser for Homeland Security for the eastern region of Tennessee, addressed a crowd of more than 100 people Thursday in Rogersville on what to do in an “active shooter” scenario.

The event was organized by Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson and attended by many local business people and educators.

Stout told a capacity crowd in the Circuit Courtroom there is nothing he can say to ensure everybody will walk out of an active shooter situation safely.

He added, however, that people who are planning ahead, observing their surroundings and staying alert to all dangerous possibilities will have a much better chance of surviving.

Read more in Monday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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