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i participated in a webinar today (Dec. 15) featuring a presentation by Lt. Mark Landahl of the Frederick County (MD) Sheriff’s office. Here is the the link to the Safeguarding Houses of Worship presentation. It cites an app that is available for houses of worship. Continue reading
Tip sheet with advice, including details about using your facility as a warming center. See: http://www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/tipsheets_v1208/19_NDIN_TS_ColdWeatherHazards.pdf
Safeguarding houses of worship. The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) has compiled a list of resources to help law enforcement agencies and houses of worship prepare for natural and man-made disasters.
Recent catastrophic events, such as the church shooting in Texas and the hurricanes affecting multiple states, only serve to reinforce the need for emergency planning within every segment of the population. These resources represent a wide variety of viewpoints and roles as they were developed by very different entities including federal agencies, legal libraries, churches and religious organizations, universities, insurance companies and law enforcement associations. This variety provides a broader scope, enabling better
preparedness planning. Resources include:
- Active shooter table top training for faith-based organizations.
- Emergency management planning guides.
- Programs on preventing crime.
- Counter terrorism protective security advice.
In addition, the National Institute of Justice created an app to help law enforcement
and houses of worship work through preparedness activities together. Instructions
for accessing the free app are at the top of the JTIC site.
From the WashPost, this article: Tips for Church Leaders On How to Deal with a Mass Shooting.
Sadly, the selection of the DHS office that deals with faith-based organization was an inappropriate choice. See this article in Wash Post: Homeland Security official resigns after comments linking blacks to ‘laziness’ and ‘promiscuity’ come to light
From the Church Law and Tax website: How Churches and FEMA Can Work Together.
Article based on interview with Craig Fugate, former Administrator of FEMA.
From CNN: The truth about church shootings. Some excerpts:
“… Drake cautions against over-interpreting the increase in church shootings. People of faith are not being targeted because of their religion, he said. Rather, the shootings are part of an overall — and alarming — increase in mass shootings within the country at large.
In some ways, Drake said, houses of worship are simply the most “convenient venue” for attackers who harbor grudges against former lovers, spouses or friends. Many sanctuaries have regular schedules, lack robust security and proudly bear open-door policies. They are designed to attract the least and the lost, and to welcome them into a loving community, even if that sometimes has terrible consequences.”