SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- As the nation watches the events in California unfold, trained experts are watching too. And they're using this tragedy as a reminder to focus on their training and tactics. "When we go out and train we're going to simulate what they dealt with so that we're more prepared the next time it happens," said York County Quick Response Team Commander Dan Stump. "We are responding to help not only the citizens of our community, but fellow police officers. They're the ones that are in a bad situation, we're their 911."
Local experts are warning that people in Central Pennsylvania need to be more prepared.
"The reality of it is, it really comes down to people need to be more alert to their surroundings and we're not. We're a society of smart phones, and ear buds, and that's a little scary," said Duane Hagelgans, Spokesperson for the South Central Task Force. He also teaches emergency preparedness at Millersville University.
Both Stump and Hagelgans recommended the State Police app-- 'See-Send', short for "See Something Send Something," for the public to use.
The app has information to educate you on what to look for and when to submit suspicious activity reports along with how to receive important alerts.
It allows you to send tips, and even pictures to police from your smart phone.
With no certainty of when or where the next incident will be, Stump said our best protection is ourselves. "If you can get out of that situation safely, get out of there. If you can't get out, hide. Barricade your doors, do what you need to do. If it's a situation where they are coming in, fight. It's for your life," he said.