Emergency training offered for business members

Emergency situation training will be offered for small business owners and community organizations from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Fisher Community Center.

The Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce will be in partnership with the Marshalltown Police Department and the Not in Our Town (NIOT) committee to present the training of Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate (ALICE): Shooter in the Workplace session.

“Basically that whole presentation boils down to three words, run, hide, fight,” said Mike Tupper, Marshalltown police chief and presenter of the session. “I’m going to discuss during that hour some options that businesses, churches and community organizations might consider should a violent intruder come to the workplace.”

Carol Hibbs, steering committee member of the NIOT work site committee, said the committee focuses on ways to spread a non-violent message of getting along in the work place.

“One of the reasons the ALICE training came to mind is because it really does help organizations deal with a violent intruder,” Hibbs said. “It helps you think through what the plan might be in the case of a violent intruder in your organization or business. It seemed like a good partnership with the chamber to do a lunch and learn session on that.”

To participate in the training, the interested participant must register at the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce’s website, www.marshalltown.org/events/php. Registration is $10 and includes lunch.

“Active shooter events can happen anywhere at anytime for any reason,” said Lynn Olberding, executive director of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. “A lot of the times they are over within a few minutes, but there are things individuals can do to protect themselves if they find themselves in a situation like this.”

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