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Memorial Hospital steps up security procedures in light of shootings

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Memorial Hospital goes through an active shooting drill. Tim Barber/Times Free Press Memorial Hospital goes through an active shooting drill. Tim Barber/Times Free Press
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Tommy Wiggonton, director of security at Memorial Hospital, says it's impossible to predict all active shooter scenarios.

“Today’s world you never know what an active shooter looks like. It can be old, or young. Male or female,” says Tommy Wiggonton, Director of Security, CHI Memorial.

All day Wednesday dozens of staff members at Memorial Hospital were put through real life situations. A person who played a shooter walked around the hospital with a pistol, firing shots. The simulation was meant to look, feel and even sound realistic.

“One scenario he might have had on a hospital gown. Other scenarios he may have just had on normal clothes,” says Wiggonton.

If this drill was real, there would have been nearly 30 lives lost. Because of security reasons, Wiggonton didn't disclose the tips that were given to employees afterwards.

But he says in the event of a real active shooter situation, employees will know what to do, and this simulation was proof, everyone needs the training.

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“All in all I think everyone done well. From what we learned the small people that were involved in yesterday's drill will be able to send it out to the entire staff,” says Wiggonton.

Memorial officials are taking a hard look at their security plan. They have not experienced any threats, but plan to hire more security workers as a way to make patients and staff members feel safe.

Homeland Security says if you are ever in an active shooter situation you should evacuate, hide, or take action.

For more on when to take those actions, click here.

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