A training exercise tomorrow will help county and local officials prepare for how to handle the aftermath of the unthinkable.

On Tuesday, a simulation will be held on how to react after an active shooter situation at Brighton High School. With the events recently in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 students and teachers were gunned down during school, officials say they are aware of how sensitive an issue this is. However, they nonetheless need to be prepared what everyone hopes will never happen here. Therese Cremonte is Livingston County’s Emergency Manager and will be coordinating the exercise, which will actually take place at Maltby Intermediate School on Bauer Road between 10am and 2pm Tuesday. She says they have actually been planning this since last year, but recent events make it even more clear how important it is to be prepared.

The scenario will actually deal with what happens after the shooter has been neutralized and officials will need to reunite kids with their parents and arrange for how to handle the media that would swarm into the area to cover such an incident.

Tuesday is a “Records Day” in the Brighton district in which only students in 7th through 12th grades will be in attendance, leaving Maltby, which hosts 5th and 6th graders, available for the exercise. (JK)