Summertime is filled with many outdoor events; from festivals and concerts to sporting events. While we are all trying to get as much fun-in-the-sun as possible, it is more important than ever to learn how to protect yourself and what to do in an emergency.
Last week the Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted an Active Shooter and Event Safety Training at Old Field Beach. Led by Russells Point Chief of Police, Joe Freyhof, event volunteers were invited to participate in the training. By focusing on how to stay safe, volunteers came away with basic knowledge on how to spot suspicious activity and how to react in an emergency.
“If you see something unusual, call” Chief Joe Freyhof explained to the volunteers. People can find themselves questioning whether it is appropriate to call the police. If you see someone who is exhibiting suspicious behavior or perhaps are in a health crisis, it is important to not hesitate and dial 9-1-1.
Volunteers learned components of A.L.I.C.E. training and how they can be applied to an outdoor venue. They also learned how to give verbal and visual cues in an emergency, helping both event attendees and first responders in a crisis. The group reviewed golf cart safety on the roads, basic neighborhood watch techniques and information about the difference between service dogs and emotional support animals.
The key to staying safe? Don’t be afraid to ask yourself what you would do in a situation. As Chief Joe Freyhof puts it- “Always have a plan”.
Thank you to Chief Joe Freyhof, Chief Adam Niederkohr of Indian Lake EMS, Indian Lake State Park Officer Mike Roeger, Logan County Sheriff's Office, and Robin Tominello, certified service dog trainer from Home Away from Home Pet Care Facility for sharing their knowledge and expertise.
If you are interested in future workshops, please email Megan Carlotta at the Chamber office: Megan@IndianLakeChamber.org
Pictured: Robin Tominello of Home Away from Home Pet Care Facility