What if someone starts shooting? Seminar helps you plan


Once you may have worried about getting caught stealing pens from the office supply closet. Now you have to worry about getting shot at your desk.

In a depressing reflection of the state of the country, two area business groups will hold a seminar next month on how to respond if someone walks into your office with a grudge and a gun. The active shooter seminar is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 9, at Nazareth College’s Callahan Theatre Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue.

The program will cover the steps that businesses can take to prepare in case of an active shooter. It is organized by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau of Upstate New York and is free and open to all. You can register online at greaterrochesterchamber.com.

Chamber spokesperson Dan Smith says that interest in the program is high; the chamber received about 100 responses the same day it put out the invitation.

Presentations will be made by representatives of the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, FBI, and the state Division of Homeland Security Emergency Services. US Attorney William Hochul will make opening remarks.

A panel discussion and question-and-answer period follows the presentations.