Local churches prepare for massive attack

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In a split second your normal work or church service could turn violent if a shooter strikes. The warning signs may vary, but the effects are the same.

Examples can be found with the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting to the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting from last December.

Back in 2008 at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Church, an attacker came through the doors and killed two and wounded six others.

That's why churches from east Tennessee gathered to train for emergencies on Tuesday in Knoxville.

Amber Sparks, an emergency preparedness educator, said, "One being that they will be prepared for when it's affecting their individual church, how to deal and assist with their own members. If they're church is not directly affected by the disaster, they'll know how to provide assistance for their members."

A video was shown explaining what to do if someone attacks.

Tom Frills with Sevier Heights Baptist explained, "What I'll do is take it back to the associate pastor and see if we can't enhance some of the things we've already implemented at church."

Knoxville police officers had this advice: try to hide or run and pull a fire alarm to immediately alert local authorities.

The main lesson: be prepared for anything.

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 231612191 - local8now.com/a?a=231612191
Gray Television, Inc.