October 2, 2019 – On October 4th, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at the Brighton Greens Resource Center, Nevada County will be conducting an Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise as part of their Emergency Action Plan. County services at the Brighton Greens Resources Center will be interrupted during the scheduled training. There will also be a number of law enforcement and behavioral health therapists in the area to ensure that the exercise happens safely for all involved. Please be aware of the training exercise and that emergency vehicles will be in the area. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as these agencies participate in this vital public safety training.

Nevada County’s Emergency Action Plan, required by the State and Cal-OSHA, ensures a well-rehearsed, quick, and coordinated response that helps to save lives and ensure the continuity of essential services in the event of an emergency. The Active Shooter Preparedness Exercise is in response to the increase in active shooter events we have seen in schools and government agencies in recent years. FEMA has developed a “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol to help guide agencies on emergency response and training for active shooter situations.

“It is important to have a proactive approach to active shooter training to ensure both law enforcement and our employees are prepared and up to date with current safety techniques,” said Sheriff Captain and Office of Emergency Services Manager Jeff Pettitt. “Through a preparation exercise like the one we are holding in October, we are able to evaluate outcomes, areas of improvement, and preform corrective actions so we can be best prepared in the event that we do have an active shooter situation, whether it be at a County facility or elsewhere in Nevada County.”

The exercise is a result of several months of preparation by Nevada County Risk Management, Sheriff, Grass Valley Police Department, County Executive Office, and Brighton Greens Management which included leadership meetings and online trainings for all employees. The purpose of the exercise is to educate County staff on the proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds to active shooter situations, and what County staff can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life in an active shooter situation.