PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Americans the tools to get prepared in case they come in contact with an active shooter.
They've put together an active shooter preparedness program. You can find that here. Part of the program includes a video aimed to help people get prepared if they're ever in that situation.
Brent Buerck, Perryville City Administrator, said it's a sad sign of the times that the department even has to release a video on the issue.
He said they have a plan in place in case of an emergency in their office.
"We have a rapid response system set up with the police department, the police department is just about a block and a half away, so they can get here pretty quick in an emergency, in addition we have cameras throughout the building, so we're always, it's 24 hours surveillance," said Buerck.
But, he hopes they never need them.
"What we do, unfortunately sometimes people aren't happy, they don't like to get a letter that their grass is too tall, or that they have to clean up their yard or that their water is being cut off for not paying a bill, so we deal sometimes with unhappy customers and you know it's scary to think that unhappy years ago was yelling, and unhappy now is shooting, and that's sad," said Buerck.
If you're ever in this type of situation, the video instructs you to call 9-1-1 when it's safe to do so. Tell the dispatcher: the shooter's location, how many shooters there are, what weapons they're using, and the number of victims.
Darin Hickey with the Cape Girardeau Police Department agreed with the video, it's important to think about a plan. What would you do if an active shooter came into your office, school, or home?
Hickey said people should use anything around them if necessary to use force against the intruder. In the video, it shows people grabbing scissors for protection. Hickey said a chair can also come in handy to protect yourself.
Lastly, Hickey adds it's important to listen to the officers. Once police officers enter the building, they can help direct you away from the shooter and towards safety.
You can watch the full Active Shooter Preparedness video here.