Close to 150 people showed up at the STW Krav Maga training facility Saturday to participate in a workshop on what to do in emergency situations. The hands-on training addressed active shootings, rape scenarios, and parking lot attacks.
It was organized by Con10gency, an emergency training company. All proceeds went to the Rape Crisis Center. Organizers say that, while it's unfortunate that training like this seems necessary, it's good for people to be proactive about their safety.
"In our environment today, we can't deny what's going on in our country. We believe it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when, and it's better to be prepared and have a plan," said Richard Smith, president of Con10gency.
Smith said that if you find yourself in an emergency situation, the best thing to do is run away or hide. But if that's not possible, you should learn how to fight back.
"If you fight, you may be shot and you may even die. We understand that. But what we do know for a fact is that if you don't fight and you lay down and you beg for your life, the active shooter's goal is he's going to take your life," Smith said.
Participants of all ages came out to Saturday's training.
"If we can be proactive and train them on what's the best technique to protect themselves, that's the ultimate goal of a parent," said Vanessa Middlebrooks, who came to the training with her family.
Her 11-year-old daughter feels more confident with training.
"I want to be prepared so whenever someone is coming near me, I want to make sure I'm ok and I know what I'm doing," Jenna Middlebrooks said.
The event raised around $3,000 for the Rape Crisis Center.