Norwalk conference teaches mass shooting survival

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Police and other safety professionals appeared at a conference on how to respond to mass shooting situations.

The Society for Human Resource management organized the symposium at the Norwalk Inn.

It was geared toward HR specialists and office managers who can share the information with their employees.

It comes a week after a massacre in Las Vegas left 58 concertgoers dead and hundreds injured.

One of the speakers, Chief Joe Curreri from UCONN Health, says one of the biggest takeaways from this is realizing you have options to protect yourself. 

"You can run from the threat," he says. "You can hide. Or you can fight. That's a last resort — if that's necessary."

He referenced a number of active shooting incidents -- a church in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where four people died; a mall in Omaha, Nebraska, where eight died and four more people were injured.

"It should be common knowledge on what to do to protect yourself," he says. "You have to make it difficult for the person to be successful."

Curreri also says in those situations, people should remember their first responsibility is to go home to their families. He says possessing that motivation can help save your life. 

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