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Background

In the summer of 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") released Developing High Quality Emergency Operation Plans for Houses of Worship (the "Guide"), a 38-page resource assisting churches with planning for, and responding to, emergencies. The Guide notes that many kinds of emergencies may affect churches, including:

Fires
Tornadoes
Floods
Hurricanes
Earthquakes
Arson
Lightning
Extreme temperatures
Landslides
Tsunamis
Volcanoes
Winter precipitation
Violent acts

The Guide provides houses of worship with information regarding emergency operations planning for the spectrum of threats and hazards they may face. It discusses actions that may be taken before, during, and after an incident in order to reduce the impact on property and any loss of life and it encourages every house of worship to develop an "emergency operations plan" (EOP).

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