Imagine, if someone came through your business door with that distant look in their eyes and suddenly pulled out a gun and started shooting. What would you do, how would you react, where would you go? All good questions that we probably hardly think about, but it can happen.
Recently, TEC Corp, Thompson Electric – all locations, TASS and EI all went through extensive training on what to do and how to respond to a shooter who may enter your business with the intent to harm or kill as many people as they possible can.
What should you do? How to SAVE yourself.
- Run or Flee – get away from the shooter safely if you can – through another door, a window, kick a hole in the drywall or any type of exit.
- Hide – tie the door shut using your belt, electrical cord or anything you can wrap around the door knob or door closure, barricade yourself in a room using as many obstacles to put in front of the entrance to the room. Make it hard for them to enter the room you are hiding in.
- Fight – as a last result, fight for your life. Throwing items at the shooter, this can be anything found in your desk or surroundings. The natural instinct of a person is to duck and follow the item thrown at them with their eyes, which takes away their ability to aim at their target. Physically attack the shooter and disable them until authorities arrive. Most shooters do not want physical violence.
Most people will survive a shooting if they react to the situation. If you do nothing then your chances decrease in surviving. So always be aware of your surroundings, no matter where you are, to either run, hide or fight.
Tasha Barker was recognized in the President’s Report 2016 for WITCC as the WITCC co-Alumni of the Year. Tasha is the General Manager of Electric Innovations, part of the Thompson Electric family.
A 1993 graduate of East High, Tasha Barker began working at Gateway Computers advancing up through customer service, sales, finance, manufacturing, global products and finally the Gateway Country Stores until 1999. She then devoted two years to Christian ministry and working at Belle of Sioux City. While working full time and raising her son, Barker began her non-traditional, post-secondary education at WITCC in 2002.
“I had enrolled to be a part of the inaugural Online Certificate of Nursing Program. Upon completion of my LPN exam, I proceeded into the Associates Degree of Nursing Program. It was a very proud moment for all of my family, as I was the first person in my family to obtain a college diploma.” said Barker.
Her experience and advanced education allowed her to move up in her career with the casino. She spent the next six years as the Compliance and Regulatory Manager for The Argosy Casino during which time she continued her education through the WITCC extension program with Bellevue University. She completed her BS in Healthcare Management and is working to complete her MBA program there as well.
During her time at the casino, Barker says she was fortunate to have worked with many non-profit organizations and had the pleasure of joining the Foundation Board at WITCC in 2012. While on this board, she was introduced to the President and CEO of TEC Corp, Skip Perley. In 2013, she made a career decision and accepted a position to work with Skip Perley at Electric Innovations.
“Today I serve as the General Manager for Electric Innovations. I am currently the President of the Foundation Board at WITCC. I am a board member for the Foundation at Unity Point and am a long-standing Community Impact Volunteer for the United Way of Siouxland. I am the proud mother of two boys. My oldest son is a busy young man who lives and works in Sioux City, while my youngest son is at home with me in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. My personal interests include anything that involves family, friends and lots of laughter,” said Barker.
Congratulations to Tasha for being recognized by WITCC.
On January 28th, the 24th Annual Awards Banquet was held at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City.
The evening started with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a buffet. After dinner the program started with Skip Perley making a few comments about the events that happened this past year at Thompson Electric, Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and EI. After Skip’s comments, each of the general managers gave a brief review of their office and accomplishments for 2016.
For the Years of Safety Awards, TEC Corp recognized 214 eligible employees that had no incidents this past year and we had 2 employees, Tim Hall and John Staiert that have gone 24 years with no incidents. Last year we had a 192 employees eligible with no incidents and this year we are up to 214 employees with no incidents. That’s a remarkable number of employees with no incidents. We also celebrated Awards for Years of Service, with 12 employees recognized for 5 years of service, 7 employees with 10 years of service, 2 employees with 15 years of service and Chad Husted, Jim McCluskey and Tim Thomas with 20 years, Brian Duits with 25 years and Vicki Boyok and Jerry Grimsley with 30 years of service.
The evening ended with Let’s Make a Deal, where 5 tickets were randomly placed under the place settings around the room. That person and the person across from them, came up front for an opportunity to draw for a $500 Hard Rock Casino chip or select a box that contained one of the door prizes. It was great fun and enjoyed by all.
As 2016 comes to a close for TEC Corp, we are already working toward to a great 2017.