February 27, 2020

Arenac Community Center to hold critical incident management training session

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STANDISH— The Arenac Community Center will be holding a free critical incident management training session Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. to teach people how to protect and defend themselves during a time of crisis. 

 “As a part of our Sacred Parenting Initiative we recognize that when we are prepared to handle crisis situations we can always minimize their effects. Opening up this class for free to daycares, churches, businesses, health care providers, public/private schools and senior center administrators helps the community to take advantage of excellent and relevant training to protect our citizens better in our county,” said Arenac Community Center president, Thomas Lockwood.

The class will be instructed by the president of Critical Incident Management, Inc. Thomas Mynsberge who specializes in school, business, and responder crisis training. Mynsberge retired from the Michigan State Police after 27 years of service as a specialist and sergeant with the Fire Marshall Division. 

“This class helps the Arenac Community Center to live out our mission of bridging, building, learning, and growing. We strive to be a vital part of the Arenac County Community as a resource provider of crucial information and training needed to enrich and protect our most vital resources, being our families,” said Lockwood.

According to Lockwood, Mynsberge will be teaching participants how to respond to emergency situations, such as, an active shooter, bomb threats, or hazardous materials. 

“It's unfortunate we have to have seminars like that but it is good to be prepared,” said Visual Communication Specialist Ryan Klenk. “If an active shooter came into a school, this class would train you how to respond to that.” 

Klenk said the class is geared more towards owners and managers who can take the information learned and train their employees or volunteers so everyone is on the same page with how to handle emergency situations. 

“It is not only a benefit, but becoming imperative in light of recent and more frequent events happening around the world,” said Lockwood. 

The center requests those interested should reserve their spot by Feb. 7. To RSVP, contact Shara  Klenk at 989-529-6513 or email sharaklenk@gmail.com

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