CHULA VISTA (NEWS 8) — Several South bay schools are teaming up with police for important training designed to save lives in the event of an emergency.
Chula Vista Police and the Sweetwater Union High School District hosted the annual Security Work Group Training on Thursday.
The event was pre-planned and not held in response to the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
Inside a non-descript warehouse, dozens of staff and faculty were preparing for worst case scenarios.
The group reviewed procedures for scary situations - including medical emergencies, weapons on campus and then used a mock gun for an active shooter drill.
The district wouldn't allow News 8 to record that portion to avoid giving away tactics.
The event was scheduled well before a former student of a Florida high school was accused of killing 17 people in one of the nation's deadliest school shooting.
Florida officials are investigating if there were missed warning signs - including posts on social media.
Locally, authorities stressed the importance of building trust with students, so they feel comfortable reporting suspicious behavior.
Six rural school districts as well as two schools in San Diego County's eastern region were closed Tuesday and around 30,000 San Diego Gas & Electric customers were without power because of powerful Santa Ana winds and elevated risk of wildfires.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will shut down several lanes of traffic beginning Tuesday morning at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry to install equipment in preparation for the arrival of the migrant caravan, the agency said.
Santa Ana winds continued Tuesday to plague firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties as officials re-emphasized to evacuated residents that they must stay away until the area has been declared safe.
Police on Tuesday were searching for a man suspected of robbing a smoothie bar at gunpoint in Mira Mesa.
Santa Ana winds continue Tuesday, weakening Wednesday through Thursday. Very dry and gusty conditions will continue to bring elevated fire risk through Wednesday.
Santa Ana winds picked up again Monday and were expected to continue into Tuesday as firefighters battling the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties worked to hold back the flames.
Deputies shot and killed a man Monday afternoon during a confrontation at an East County apartment complex.
Among the Paradise residents that lost their homes to the Camp Fire were several graduates of Chula Vista High School.
Democrats have won two Republican-held California state Senate seats in the Central Valley, giving the party veto-proof supermajorities in both chambers of the Legislature.