Jump directly to the content
Developing an Emergency Operations Plan

Developing an Emergency Operations Plan

Steps FEMA says churches should take now—before a crisis unfolds.

In addition to specifically addressing active-shooter incidents, the FEMA Guide suggests a process that houses of worship should follow when developing an emergency operations plan (EOP). This article provides an overview of the Guide's suggestions.

At the outset, churches should note that the Guide's suggestions apply to all types of emergencies, not just active-shooter incidents. Like any entity, churches are susceptible to harm from natural disasters, power failures, explosions, and other similar events. Although harm due to human violence is always a concern, churches should not ignore other types of threats. Additionally, the Guide's suggestions are adaptable to any size and type of congregation. Some of the details provided may seem applicable only to large groups, but groups of all sizes should consider the Guide's suggestions and apply them as much as possible. Furthermore, churches with educational institutions on their property should consult FEMA's Guide for Developing High-quality School Emergency Operations Plans for additional information.

Foundational Considerations

Three federal initiatives are helpful for drafting an effective EOP. Although churches are not required to use the terminology and approaches suggested by these initiatives, doing so will aid communication and collaboration with emergency management officials and emergency responders. Individuals working in these capacities at local, state, and national levels are familiar with, and trained to follow, the procedures outlined in federal initiatives.

Article Preview

This article is currently available to ChurchLawAndTax.com subscribers only. To continue reading:

LoginorSubscribe

Related Resources

See All
from our store
Food Safety Guide: Church Potlucks and More

Food Safety Guide: Church Potlucks and More

Learn how to safely prepare and store foods before your next church dinner.
Creating a Safety Team

Creating a Safety Team

Every church could benefit from having a safety team trained to respond appropriately to crises.
Preparing Your Church for a Pandemic

Preparing Your Church for a Pandemic

Prevent the spread of infectious disease at your church, and prepare for how to respond to a pandemic.
Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Serving as a Disaster Relief Team

Learn how to organize, equip, and train a disaster relief team.
browse
Follow us:Church Law & Tax on FacebookChurch Law & Tax on TwitterChurch Law & Tax RSS FeedsChurch Law & Tax on Youtube

Shopping