Class set on mass shooting survival

An advanced class on the most effective responses to mass shootings has been scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 2 at Strasburg United Methodist Church, 114 W. Washington St.

The class is being sponsored by the Virginia Fusion Center, a collection of state and federal agencies concentrated in the areas of law enforcement, disaster preparedness and emergency response.

The class, which will be conducted by Special Agent Austin White of the Virginia State Police, is free and open to the public.

The course has been designed to impart strategies, guidance and an effective plan for surviving a shooting attack. The course offers information on the history and prevalence of shooting attacks; the role of law enforcement and other public safety personnel in emergency situations; civilian response; potential medical problems; and how practice and drills can help protect a facility.

Strasburg Police Chief Tim Sutherly said the class is a follow up to a community event on the same subject he led recently at the Strasburg Town Hall. Sutherly said he contacted White after several people affiliated with local churches spoke to him about holding a more advanced class on preventing and responding to mass shootings.

The class is organized around a lecture by White. No self-defense or weapons training is involved.

“It’s specially designed for businesses, police officers and community members,” Sutherly said of the class. “The focus is on civilian response to active shooters.”

Deadline for registration is Nov. 18. Those planning to attend should register at the SurveyMonkey website at Reporting instructions will be sent to attendees.

Anyone with questions should contact White at

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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