An active shooter practice drill took place on Monday in Iosco County.
The drill was held at Oscoda High School. “It’s imperative that we practice these drills, because if you don’t practice then you are planning to fail,” said Scott Moore, superintendent of Oscoda Schools. “We are going to make sure that we do all that we can to keep the students safe- today, tomorrow and forever.”
The drill helps first responders practice their response if a school shooting was to occur. The procedures that are in effect are practiced and perfected.
“We are very thankful to have this drill at Oscoda Area Schools,” said Rebecca Brooks, Oscoda High School principal. “It is very important that we are trained and constantly learning new things so we can keep people safe. Having everyone here on campus and all of our departments working together so we have a full understanding on what we need to do in case something was to ever happen.”
The participation from all first responders and school staff are beneficial to make a practice drill work well, efficiently, and successfully. “It’s great to see everyone around here today we have people from Michigan State Police,” Rob Clink, Oscoda Police Department Community Resource Officer said. “Shane Noble was a big part in putting this on with the state police. We have the Iosco Sheriff Office, East Tawas Police, City of Tawas and Oscoda Township Police Department. We also have Tawas’ Fire Department, Iosco County EMS, Oscoda EMS and also Iosco County Dispatch.” With the new school year approaching having a grasp on the procedures that help keep kids safe this year is important. Being able to conduct drills like an active shooter drill helps make sure that the kids will remain safe. “We would like to remind students that there is a resource available to them, that they can download as an app to their phone,” said MSP Lieutenant Kim Vetter. ” The app is called “Okay to Save” where they can make anonymous tips about safety issues in their community.”