A Greene County organization is hosting a special event to prepare community members for one of the worst-case scenarios.
The Central Christian Church of Jefferson, Rev. Jay Alexander and the Greene County Clergy Association is sponsoring a civilian response to an active shooter event or CRASE training on Monday, July 25 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the church Central Christian. He tells Raccoon Valley Radio that there have been 373 mass shootings, which translates to four or more people injured or killed by an active shooter, since the start of 2022 through June.
“What I learned is that sometimes churches are targets and ministers are targets. You might say something, you might be involved in something that people take offense to. How you take a stand on a particular issue or something like that. So sometimes churches are targets, ministers are targets. So something the minister has to remove from the environment, find a door to escape or something. But actively have a plan for what you’re going to do in case any of these things happen.
Reverend Alexander says Monday’s program will include an hour-long video on how to make a safety plan, followed by an informal chat with Jefferson Police Chief Mark Clouse. No advance registration is necessary and refreshments will be provided.