RGV Prepares for Active Shooter Situations

4 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, January 19 2017 Jan 19, 2017 January 19, 2017 4:33 PM January 19, 2017 in News

WESLACO - A shooting at a private school in Monterrey, Mexico on Tuesday prompted many in the Rio Grande Valley to prepare for these types of situations.

Marco Lozano, healthcare preparedness director for all hospitals in the Valley, said active shooters often display warning signs before they act. He said recognizing those signs are part of preventing these types of tragedies.

Lozano said planning for active shooters has, unfortunately, become routine for public entities like schools, hospitals and businesses. It’s where most of the recent shootings have taken place.

He said the plan will do little good if it’s not constantly practiced and improved.

“A lot of times, I go into places and I ask, ‘Do you have a plan?’ And I ask personnel and others, ‘Are you familiar? Do you know your facility has this plan?’” he said. “A lot of the times the answer is no. So, it’s one thing to have a plan and it’s another to practice that.”

Lozano said schools are encouraged to implement a unified command. He said that means school officials should partner with law enforcement and hospitals when coming up with their plans. 

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