Belvidere businesses prepare for an active shooter situation

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BELVIDERE, Ill. (WIFR) - Law enforcement is trained on how to react when dealing with an active shooter but the rest of us may need to learn exactly what to do to save our lives in case of an emergency.

The Belvidere Police and Boone County Sheriff's departments teamed up to present a workshop on being prepared for an active shooter.

The officers wanted to make sure businesses could protect their customers and employees, learning what to do and not do.

Boone County Deputy Todd Houde says we should focus on increasing our time to survive and decreasing the time the attacker has to strike and keep moving to stay safe.

"If there's things you need to do to save your life, keep that simple. For instance, throwing objects at the shooter as he's coming at you, moving and getting away. Very simple techniques that are easy to learn and easy to retain," said Houde.

Houde says outside of law enforcement, schools are the most highly trained when it comes to preparing for active shooters.