Topeka Agencies Plan Ahead For Tragic Situations

What happened in Aurora, Colorado proves that tragedy can strike victims anywhere.

Kansas agencies say they work to prepare in case any similar situation happens here.

Such events have lead to first responders being pro-active in preparing for situations ahead of time.

Employees at Stormont-Vail and the Topeka Police Department always hope for the best in these mass casualty situations but officials say, they certainly train for the worst.

Administrative Director at Stormont-Vail Angela Gamber says, "We try to drill our mass casualty plan several times a year. We recently did a drill with Fort Riley and we practiced with 17 patients."

The same aggressive approach is practiced by the topeka police department. Captain Brian Desch says, "The first thing we are thinking is care for the injured and protect human life. Training is ongoing, we have class and situational drills where we set up situations such as this where officers have to respond."

In response to the attack in the Aurora Theatre, AMC Theatres has issued a statement saying they will not allow guests into there theatres with costumes that make other guests feel uncomfortable and will not permit masks or fake weapons inside their buildings.


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