Safety and security were the subjects of a recent meeting hosted by the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center at the Ulster BOCES Conference Center.
Members of the School Security Regional Collaboration Committee assembled for the October 29 meeting, which kicked off with a presentation titled “Characteristics of an Active Shooter,” delivered by a Special Agent of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Another featured speaker, Kelly M. Formoso, discussed various programs supported by the American Red Cross, including the Pillowcase Project, which teaches young people ways to stay safe, be prepared, and take action during an emergency. Ms. Formoso, who is Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the American Red Cross, also spoke about her organization’s Home Fire Campaign and its Citizen Preparedness Corps.
Concluding the day’s activities was a presentation on the “Stop the Bleed Program” by Angela Katz of Westchester Medical Center and Sharon Frazier of Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital. The program, a national awareness campaign and call-to-action, encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. After the presentation, participants practiced applying tourniquets on each other.