Safety Considerations in Worship Today
December 16 @ 10:00 amFree
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In 2013, the federal government issued a first-ever report outlining security recommendations for houses of worship. The 38-page plan advises congregations to plan for potential emergencies, including what police call random “active shooter” situations. Among the advice offered by the federal government: run, hide or, as a last resort, fight.
In light of recent violence and terrorist attacks, the Lehigh Conference of Churches is offering to member churches a seminar on the issues surrounding awareness and assessment of the physical space and procedures affecting each place of worship. This seminar should assist house of worship leaders improve security by learning how to determine where your facility is vulnerable, then providing an overview of conducting a basic security survey, followed by a report outlining steps for corrective action.
About the assessment process: This security discussion will lead to a comprehensive process which allows leadership at houses of worship to identify critical assets requiring protection. Once these critical assets are identified, threats, hazards, and vulnerabilities are assessed, which are then evaluated using a numerical scale to determine level of consequence and probability of occurrence. After the level of consequence and probability are assessed, security strategies are selected by the key focus team to mitigate problems.
• The Delicate and Sensitive Nature of Church Security
• Houses of Worship Security Risk Analysis Process
• Active Shooters: Risk Management Planning
• Recommended Best Practices for Security Houses of Worship Around the World
• Implementing a Program of Training and Improvements Based on Time, Budget, and Priority