February 14th, 2018 at approximately 2:40 p.m. was another grim reminder that we need to continue to be proactive in our Prevention, our Preparation and our Training for emergency events such as this.  I cannot help getting frustrated and saddened each time I see an incident has occurred, nor can I imagine the pain and grief all those families must be going through.  We must remain vigilant and stand strong as a community to better ourselves and learn what could have been done better to help prevent and/or prepare for such an event.  As history has proven, the next potentially violent person whom wants to fuse their names in the media evolves their tactics.  As a husband, father, trainer and former State Trooper, I am constantly reminded about how I need to remain proactive, vigilant and help all those I come in contact with to be better prepared.  I am a big advocate of the “Do Not Name Them” and the “See Something, Say Something” initiatives.  We ALL must do our part in advocating hands-on training to build our confidence and retain the information that one day may save our lives or the lives of others.  Building barricades, evacuating from a building, or as a last resort having to subdue the active killer are skill sets that you must put your hands on to accomplish that could very well mean the difference between life and death.  Our B.E.C.O.N. Active Shooter Emergency Preparedness Course builds those skill sets and confidence needed to accomplish that.  I ask you these questions:  How do you retain that information by clicking a mouse button on a multiple choice emergency preparedness test?  Think about it, was your first time in the water learning how to swim from a video?  Did you watch a video to learn how to drive a car?  When our lives depend on it, we cannot put our faith in knowing what to do by watching a power point or taking an online course.  These are hard skills that are developed by putting your hands on it.  I have posted a link to a CNN website to view at your leisure that shows several short video clips.  I think after viewing these clips, you will feel that same frustration as the parents voice their opinions on what could have done better.  Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or comments at 304-725-6512.  Our thoughts an prayers go out to all those involved in the recent High School shooting in FL- God Bless, Nathan Harmon