BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The staff at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Batesville participated in active shooter training Monday to learn safety and situational awareness.
Diane Hughes, director of emergency preparedness at UAMS, says it’s important for the medical staff to learn these potential life safety skills.
“It’s something that’s very real, it’s very possible, and it can happen anywhere,” Hughes said. “I think the fact we have taken the initiative to work with our staff and our employees and make sure they understand how to help themselves is huge.”
Hughes says that active shooter training comes after regulation changes with Medicaid and Medicare which now require off-site clinics to have drills at least once a year, and emergency education for the staff.
Hughes says they offer multiple training sessions including active shooter, preparedness for mass casualties, severe weather incidents, and cyber invasions.
Chief of Police for UAMS, Robert Barrentine, says they offer the training because active shooters have become more common.
“We want our employees to know what to do in case there is an active shooter situation and how they can best protect themselves and their patients," said Barrentine .
A hands-on active shooter training for UAMS Batesville staff is scheduled for Spring 2019.
If you don’t know what to do in an active shooter situation, please contact your local police department.