As we go along in our everyday lives, anything can happen and, as our community mourns for the victims of the Pulse shooting, we are reminded of the fragility of life. While these acts of terror often cannot be anticipated, we can better prepare ourselves for these types of threats through Valencia’s Response to an Active Threat training.
The interactive, face-to-face, two-hour workshop is designed to help employees develop and improve their survival mindset. The training is required per Valencia’s Emergency Response Plan and is therefore mandatory for all employees to participate in. There are several workshops offered for fall 2016.
In addition, the Active Threat Training will also be rolled out to students in spring 2017.
The workshop reinforces the concept that positive thinking, along with training, can improve people’s chance of surviving a critical incident. Some of the topics covered in the training include:
- The seven courses of action to follow in a critical incident/active shooter scenario
- Awareness, preparedness and rehearsal to form a protective shield
- Identifying behaviors of concern and how to respond to them
- What to do when first responders arrive on the scene
For training dates and locations or to register for an upcoming session:
- Log in to Atlas.
- Click on the Employees tab.
- Click on the Access Valencia EDGE graphic in the My Development Channel. A new window will open.
- In the right-hand corner, search for Response to an Active Threat.
- Click on the class, and then click the Request button for the session you would like to attend.
In addition to completing this training, Valencia leadership encourages students and employees to adopt a “see something, say something” philosophy. As Paul Rooney, assistant vice president, operations, explained, campus safety and security is everyone’s business, and it’s important for us all to be aware of our environment and communicate possible threats.
For emergencies, always dial 911. For non-emergency situations, or to report suspicious persons or behavior, contact your campus security office. You may reach your campus security office by dialing the following numbers:
District Office: 407-582-3000
East Campus: 407-582-2000
Lake Nona Campus: 407-582-7000
Osceola Campus: 407-582-4000
School of Public Safety: 407-582-8000
West Campus: 407-582-1000
Winter Park Campus: 407-582-6000