Town to hold lectures on “situational awareness”

With the recent tragedy in Parkland, FL still touching our hearts and in our minds, Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino today announced that the Town Department of Public Safety – in partnership with the Nassau County Police Department – will host two Situational Awareness lectures for residents to recognize potential warning signs and learn proactive survival strategies during active shooter incidents. Lectures will take place on Thursday, March 8th at 7pm at Town Hall North in Oyster Bay, and on Thursday, March 22nd at 7pm in the community center at Marjorie Post Park in Massapequa. Residents are welcome to attend either seminar.

Supervisor Saladino stated, “Terrible tragedies throughout our nation have left residents feeling very uneasy.  While we all hope to never face such an active shooter situation, residents can take this opportunity to learn survival strategies and recognize potential warning signs of violent individuals.  The safety of our children and residents is of utmost concern and working with the Nassau County Police Department we will continue to advance education and preparedness measures.”

By focusing on situational awareness, the 90 minute lecture encourages participants to be vigilant for suspicious behavior which could be indicators of a future attack.  The curriculum discusses pre-operational surveillance, acquisition of bomb making materials, the importance of reporting suspicious persons, packages, and vehicles, and other indicators of terrorism.  Instructors will also present information on the “See Something Say Something” campaign and stress the importance of suspicious activity reporting through contact with local law enforcement agencies.  Ultimately the lecture builds toward providing participants with actions to take when confronted with an active shooter situation. During training, instructors will provide a historical review of national active shooter incidents and identify best practices learned from the after action reports.

An active shooter is defined as an armed person who has used deadly physical force on other persons and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims.  This could include deadly physical force by means of a gun, knife, or other weapons.

To attend a Situational Awareness lecture, residents must RSVP by registering online at, or by calling (516) 624-6380.

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