There is more to life now than stop, drop and roll if you want to stay safe — now you have to decide if you want to run, hide or fight to stay alive.
The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Critical Incident Training event from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the Avanti’s Dome banquet room, 3401 Griffin Ave., Pekin. Friday is the final day to register.
The seminar is free and registration is required by calling 346-2106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The chamber and the Pekin Police Department are partnering for the event.
Chamber Executive Director Bill Fleming said he has thought about the training for a while.
“We’ve had some of the other chambers in Illinois, my network of friends and peers, who put on similar events last year, and they’ve all said it was one of the most popular and highly attended seminars put on all year, so it’s kind of been on my list to get too for the first quarter,” said Fleming.
Pekin Police Sgt. Rick VonRohr will be presenting safety tips for businesses, talk about active shooter incidents and some of the mind set that goes into it, and show the “Run, Hide and Fight” video, among other things, he said. There will be a question-and-answer session as well.
VonRohr goes to local businesses when invited to look over security and give suggestions.
“It’s basically safety tips — locking doors and stuff like that,” said VonRohr. “There are some businesses that are just an open business, but there are businesses that aren’t and have a lot of security in place.
“(Some factories), their doors are always locked. You come into a vestibule. (One large business) is a completely locked facility. You walk in and you’re greeted by a greeter that’s behind glass. You tell them what your business is, they let you in, then they give you a visitor’s pass and stuff like that. So they know everybody in and out of their business. It’s pretty tight security there. They have security guards there all the time.”
But, said VonRohr, there are some businesses that by design and necessity must be open to the public completely such as restaurants and banks.
“They can’t lock them out, that is their business,” he said. “But there are steps that they can take — having doors that lock so employees can go lock down.
“It’s not the way it used to be, where all you had to do was worry about fire drills and what to do if there’s a fire. Nowadays you have to think of everything.”