Earlier this month, Birmingham, Alabama-based radio station WYDE 101 hosted the Situational Security Summit, a free event for the public on planning for, reacting to, and recovering from various threatening situations. Held at the Gardendale First Baptist Church just north of Birmingham, the event featured speeches and demonstrations from federal, local, and state law enforcement, first responders, local security experts, and the NRA on everything from personal protection to natural disasters.
Why the NRA? Since our founding in 1871 we have strived to help people become safe, ethical, and responsible shooters whether it be for sport or self defense. In recent decades, NRA programs like Refuse To Be A Victim and Eddie Eagle GunSafe have helped citizens learn crime prevention strategies and informed young children about what to do if they come across a firearm. Thanks to a national network of more than 100,000 instructors, the NRA is an authority on helping Americans protect themselves and their families and has a lot to contribute to a safety-oriented event like this.
NRA Instructors Jerry Snead and Steven Broadwell answer questions on NRA training programs.
In fact, the group of NRA Certified Instructors at the Situational Security Summit were personally invited by WYDE to come discuss the organization's training and safety programs as well as the National School Shield. Instructors spoke with attendees and handed out flyers on NRA Basic Pistol, Eddie Eagle GunSafe, and more in addition to conducting brief educational sessions in a classroom and even giving a presentation on the event's main stage.
"This was an unprecedented opportunity for our local instructors to promote NRA training programs and educate the public about what the NRA has to offer," said NRA Training Counselor Mark Cubine.
All told, around 3,500 people came out and the event was a huge success.
"It was stunning," Cubine said of the crowd's enthusiasm.
Like many radio stations, WYDE is owned by a broadcasting company with many stations across the U.S and thanks to this event's success you might see similar events start popping up in other cities. Keep your eyes peeled!