Hernando County Sheriff Office – Special training

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Krista Flannigan, advisor with the Office for Victims of Crime, visited the Sheriff’s Office today to offer special training to community leaders focusing on “Responding to Victims of Mass Violence and Terrorism.”

The training is designed to:

– Develop a comprehensive victim assistance plan for responding to incidents of mass violence and terrorism. The training also may apply to natural disasters, human-caused disasters, emergency crises, and high-profile criminal incidents.

– Bring key partners together to review existing emergency plans and to initiate or continue the development of a victim assistance plan for your community.

– Establish victim assistance protocols, which can greatly enhance the effectiveness of your response and recovery efforts. The Partnerships & Planning Checklist can assist you and your community partners in developing victim assistance protocols in advance of an incident.

– Follow the victim assistance protocols you developed during the partnerships and planning stage. Use the Response and Recovery Checklists in your immediate and long-term response to victims.

Representatives from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Fire Rescue, Hernando County School Board, Hernando County Emergency Management, Mid Florida Community Services, United Way, and the Medical Examiner’s Office for the 5th Circuit participated in the special training.