Fort Worth holds active shooter response courses

first_img + posts Facebook “As we’ve seen since 2000 all the way up to now, these instances where people are going in and taking lives are trending up,” said Lieutenant Edward Fishman from the Fort Worth Fire Department. “We just think it’s important that the citizens are empowered to be able to do something for themselves until public safety can get there to help them.”Fishman instructed the last course.Active Shooter from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.Retired ICU nurse Melody Wayne attended a similar course 40 years ago but said the course offered by the city provided new information on how to protect oneself.“They were more open about the fact that you need to avoid,” Wayne said. “When I was doing this before they didn’t give you that option they kinda told you ‘hide under the desk’ and [Fishman] very well brought out that hiding under the desk is not an effective way to do things.”The avoid, deny, defend strategy teaches people to avoid the situation, deny access to yourself and defend yourself as a last resort, said Fishman.“I don’t care if it’s a pair of scissors or a thermonuclear device – it’s a threat, someone’s trying to kill our citizens,” Fishman said. “We want them to respond in this manner.”Residents taking the course heard phone calls placed to 9-1-1 and saw reenactments of the 1999 Columbine shooting.The information was then used as a tool on what individuals could have done differently to help increase the chance of survival.“You can defend yourself by throwing a stack of clothes at people,” Wayne said. “Anything to interfere with their aim and that’s kind of what I took away from it. Anything to avoid, anything to interfere with their ability to hurt others.” Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Tori Knox Facebook Gang evolution does not match common perceptions Tori Knox Linkedin Twitter Tori Knox National Night Out increases community safetycenter_img ReddIt printThis fall the City of Fort Worth held five active shooter civilian response training sessions for Fort Worth residents.The courses were built around the avoid, deny, defend strategy that was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training in 2004.The FBI found that active shooter incidents have been increasing over the years. In 2014 and 2015, there were 40 active shooter incidents, which resulted in 231 casualties according to the FBI. That averages to one every 18 days.During 2014 and 2015, the number of active shootings averaged to one every 18 days. Fort Worth’s cat population remains steady Tori Knox Twitter Previous articleTCU Christmas tree lighting 2016Next articleVolleyball earns berth to NCAA Tournament again Tori Knox RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tori Knox ReddIt Teenage pregnancy rates remain high in Tarrant County Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Creating Equality in Housing

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Creating Equality in Housing June 23, 2020 1,212 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Creating Equality in Housing Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2020-06-23 Mike Albanese Previous: COVID-19’s Impact on Home Values Next: Foreclosures Down for Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac About Author: Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago With the lingering issue of racial inequality, especially among African Americans, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) proposed a five-point plan below to drive up the number of African American homeowners and help narrow the ongoing homeownership rate gap between white and African Americans.Below are the steps the NAR looks to take:Increase the supply of new homes by building more: Due to lag in viable purchase options and competition driving up home prices, some potential first- time buyers have more difficulty gaining a foothold in the market.Focus on opportunity zones to build more homes: These zones are strongly supported by the NAR as a way to invest in the revitalization of economically distressed areas.Make down payment assistance easier to secure: Unlike some others, fueled by historical gaps in assessing and accumulating wealth, African- Americans experience more difficulty securing substantial financial assistance from family members, enhancing the importance of greater access to federal down.Reinforce the Federal Housing Administration’s loan program: First- time buyers and minority households haven depended in these loans for financing. Mortgage insurance premiums and monthly mortgage payments could be lowered by shirting federal dollars to strengthen this program.Expansion of alternative scoring models to include rent and utility payments: Doing so would add more positive payments histories to better reflect financial responsibility and perhaps abet homeownership opportunities for minority and first-time buyers.Strategies like this seemingly assume added importance considering that according to data from a report from the Urban Institute, titled “How Economic Crises and Sudden  Disasters Increase Racial Disparities in Homeownership,”  the homeownership gap between people of color and white people often worsens in light of a recession because people of color are disproportionately harmed.“A closer look at 285 metropolitan statistical areas suggests that rapid employment growth combined with increased supply constraints from zoning and other regulations contributed to this disproportionate price growth for low-price homes,” according to Urban’s report.Unaddressed, these same supply constraints will “restrict the ability of low-income households to prosper as we emerge from the crisis and exacerbate income inequality.”While African-Americans are subjected to disparities unrelated to economic cycles, these cycles still seem to exacerbate these differences. This could stem in part from black and Hispanic households that had greater vulnerability as the cyclical downtown became a reality, according to the instituteAdded Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather: to buy homes even when prices were at their lowest point, meaning many missed out on opportunities to build wealth and put down roots in their communities through homeownership.””The growing racial homeownership gap has widened the wealth gap, as home equity remains one of the most significant wealth-building tools,” Fairweather continued. Now, with home prices higher and more rigid lending standards than prior to the housing crash of 2008, minorities find it difficult as ever to break into the housing market, which is likely to contribute to growing economic inequality in the U.S., he said.Meantime, the recent uptick in mortgage applications to purchase a new home is butting up against a lack of supply, according to the NAR.May housing starts slightly rebounded in May from the month prior, yet this marks two straight months of depressed levels, down from a year ago by more than 20%, stemming from the economic lockdown. Over perhaps the next three years, a large bump in new home construction is needed, the NAR stated.Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing shortage—due to a string of years of underwhelming production of new homes—was about 5-6 million. Today, that shortage has gained momentum. This will culminate in escalating homes prices, further crimping the ability of first-time buyers to gain a foothold in the market and ratcheting up the importance of new home construction, said the NAR. Subscribelast_img read more