FBI to hold situational awareness symposium for houses of worship

The FBI will hold a situational awareness symposium in Charleston next month to train people in houses of worship how to respond to emergencies such as a potential shooter.

The Columbia field office has been holding symposiums across the state since the June 17 mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church. Nine worshippers died in the attack during a Bible study.

The Charleston event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5 at Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul at 126 Coming St.

The FBI encourages all clergy and lay leaders from Charleston and surrounding communities to attend. Agents will share the latest information and lessons from past situations in an effort to help mitigate potential emergencies, according to a Wednesday media release.

Topics include identifying an active shooter and pre-incident behavioral indicators; dealing with national news; supporting victims, families and officers involved; crisis management; and the use of explosive devices by active shooters.

Inquiries can be made to Denise M. Taiste, with the community relations unit, at (803) 551-4352 or by email at denise.taiste@ic.fbi.gov.

Reach Melissa Boughton at 937-5594 or at Twitter.com/mboughtonPC.