Surviving an Active Shooter Situation - N. Andover, MA
Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM

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Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC
72 Elm St.
North Andover, MA 01845

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Rev. Debra Adams

Lt. Eric Foulds Will Instruct on Awareness, Action to Safeguard Individuals, Family and Friends in Public Places

In conjunction with the North Andover Police Department, Trinitarian Congregational Church invites the public to attend a free information and education session on active shooter situations. On Thursday, January 24, at 7:00 pm at the church, 72 Elm Street, North Andover, NAPD Lt. Eric Foulds will present options on how individuals can keep themselves, their family and friends as safe as possible if they encounter an active shooter or are present during a mass shooting.

“Unfortunately, each year the United States experiences multiple mass shootings, and an even greater number of active shooter attacks where citizens are injured or killed,” said Lt. Foulds. “Whether these attacks occur at schools, churches, concerts or movie theaters, the one question that often lingers with the public is ‘What should I do if I am ever in a mass shooting or active shooter situation?’ Our goal is help the public answer that question with a plan.”

Lt. Foulds will discuss past mass shooting/active shooter events, breaking down the reactions of survivors and victims to show what actions helped people to survive and those that did not. Some of the events he will discuss include the McDonald’s Shootings (1984), Wedgewood Baptist Church (1999), Cinemark Movie Theater (2012), and Harvest Festival Concert (2017).

Individuals will learn the importance of situational awareness, and why this is the first step in protecting themselves and their loved ones.


“People get very comfortable when they go to familiar places. They enter and exit from the same door, and rarely notice other ways to leave or that someone dangerous could enter,” added Lt. Foulds. “It’s important that people become more conscious of their surroundings and what they might do in case of a shooting situation.”  


Attendees will learn the ESCAPE model for survival, a six-step plan developed from actions taken and decisions made by those who survived mass shooting attacks.


Lt. Foulds will also detail the need for businesses and organizations to perform safety and security assessments on buildings and the surrounding environment, and how to perform these assessments.  There will be a question-and-answer session at the end of the presentation.


For more information, please contact Lt. Foulds at the North Andover Police Department, 978-683-3168 or Rev. Debra Adams, Pastor of Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC at 978-686-4445. Parking is available in church lot and on the street.


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