ARANSAS PASS, TX — It can be hard to prepare yourself for the inevitable and unpredictable. But there are steps to save a life, and the Aransas Pass Police Department is doing what they can to help the community be prepared.
The Aransas Pass Police Department has taken action in the past few years and provides free training for surviving an active shooter attack.
"We have to stop saying that this can't happen here, this can't happen to me. Because it can happen anytime, anywhere and we need to be prepared for that," says Capt. Lynn Pearce of the Aransas Pass Police Department. Capt. Pearce and Assistant Chief David Wood are Certified ALERRT C.R.A.S.E instructors. Captain Pearce explains that this will be a lecture-based class, talking about the acronym ADD which stands for avoid, deny and defend. He says they will also discuss what happens to your body and emotions when involved in an active shooter event and how to best be prepared.
APPD also holds free License To Carry classes for Aransas Pass citizens. He says for people that live outside of Aransas Pass, the police department just asks for a donation.
"We believe that you have the right to protect yourself when it's needed," says Pearce. "And you know, as much as we'd like to be able to always be there we just can't. We can't be everywhere all the time."
The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 22 . Everyone must register, you can find more information here.
For information on LTC classes you can find that here.