SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Most people do not know how to react in emergency situations, but a group of local military veterans is hoping to change that.
About a dozen community members held an active shooter training course at the Muse Arts Warehouse on Saturday morning to teach people what to do in the event of an active shooter type of situation.
Candace Hardnett, a marine veteran, and some of her military colleagues joined together to teach the public some of their 20+ years of training in just a few hours.
The 6-hour course included classroom type instruction - like learning how your brain functions in an emergency situation - and then the intense active shooter training started.
Veterans say the more people are trained, the better the survival rate of all parties involved.
"Get them stressed and let them feel the stress, because it is scary so they can overcome the freeze, initial freeze instinct," said Hardnett. "This is important because it's going to save lives it's better to be prepared and not need the training then to need it and not be prepared."
Carol Hodges has experience with hand guns, but not this type of training, and wanted to be prepared just in case especially with the rise in shootings across the country including pulse nightclub and the shooting Saturday morning in downtown Savannah.
"I am very concerned about the amount of gun violence that we have in town there needs to be some sort of way to reduce people having unlawful access to handguns." Hodges. "An informed community is going to be the best defense for any type of unknown situation that we might find ourselves in with somebody using some type of firearms against us."
If yo didn't make it out today, Hardnett says if you find yourself in this type of situation - run away, hide, and the last resort is to fight your way to safety but never panic and freeze.
"That's the wrong reaction, unfortunately that's what gets a lot of people killed in an emergency situation because they just don't know what to do."
Hardnett says she already starting to think about doing another for those who missed Saturday's training.