HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — On Tuesday, the Hutto Police Department launched its Community SAFE (Strategic Actions for Everyone) Project. The project is a part of the City of Hutto’s Emergency Preparedness Month efforts.
According to the city, the project is free to the community.
Hutto-area churches, daycares and businesses were encouraged to sign up to receive training and guidance from HPD and other partners.
“This innovative project invites local facilities to become better prepared for major safety situations including active shooters, fires, severe weather, fugitives-at-large, and hazardous material spills,” the city said.
The program started with a classroom session at the Hutto Police Department.
“Areas in our community that need the same attention to safety and security, and that includes our day care centers, our churches,” said Chief Jeffrey Yarbrough.
Similar programs are already prominent within Hutto ISD, Chief Yarbrough said, but he wanted to extend the training to other community leaders as well. The sessions include developing mass emergency safety plans and lessons on fight and flight responses.
The emergencies SAFE prepares people for range from active attacks to fires and severe weather events.
“The stuff outside is not changing, it’s actually getting worse,” said Pastor Arthur Spence of Little Ebenezer Baptist Church, who attended the training.
He’s grateful for the opportunity to learn more about keeping his church community as safe as possible.
“It was great,” he said after the first portion of the training session. “All about prevention and being able to stay ready.”
The FBI offers resources on active shooting incidents on its website.