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Safety council offers class on "Surviving an Active Shooter Event"

Coalition offers ‘Surviving an Active Shooter Event’

Lathan Goumas -
New Lenox
Lathan Goumas - New Lenox

The class “Surviving an Active Shooter Event” has drawn a full house in each of its first two sessions.

The next class will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16 in the community room at New Lenox Village Hall.

“We’ve filled the room every class,” said Daniel Martin, safe community coordinator for the village. “We’ve had 75 people for each of the classes.”

The free, two-hour course is offered through the Safe Community America Coalition, which provides classes and promotes activities dealing with safety.

The coalition in New Lenox piloted the “Surviving an Active Shooter Event” class, which was designed by the National Safety Council. The class was presented for the first time in New Lenox in May 2017 and was presented again in January.

The class is designed to be proactive, offering strategies for protecting yourself in an active shooter situation. Workbooks are provided and there are breakouts into smaller groups.

“People are concerned whether they’re at school or at work or at the shopping center that this sort of thing can occur, and they’re looking at ways to protect themselves and their family,” Martin said.

Martin said most of the classes offered by the Safe Communities America Coalition deal with situations such as vehicle accidents, falls in the home, and other safety issues known to cause injuries in the community.

Those interested in attending the active shooter class should register on the National Safety Council website, which is

For information, contact Martin at 815-462-6493 or at

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