Vernon County discussing potential security improvements

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VIROQUA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Vernon County Human Services Director Pamela Eitland said security is something that can’t be taken for granted.

“Each and every time there’s an event that makes the news or is publicized in any way that makes everybody stop and think are we prepared to hopefully prevent something like that from happening here,” said Eitland.

Vernon County hasn’t had any serious incidents happen at the Erlandson Building.

However, Vernon County Emergency Management Director Chad Buros said that doesn’t mean the county isn’t thinking about safety.

“We’re constantly reevaluating our security, and making changes as we see fit. We started out with the cameras two, three year ago,” said Buros.

Vernon County leaders have been discussing what security improvements could be made to the Erlandson Building.

The Erlandson Building houses several county departments including Emergency Management and Human Services.

Buildings and Facilities Supervisor Phil Hewitt said it’s important for staff and the community to feel safe.

“They have to be aware that they can come into the building, and not worry about anything specific, just feel at ease,” said Hewitt.

Nothing has been decided about what security improvements to the front entrance could involve or how much it could cost.

Any proposal has to be approved by the Vernon County Board.

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