Responding to an Active-Shooter Incident
Responding to an Active-Shooter Incident
Is your church prepared?

How should church members and staff respond to an active-shooter incident prior to the time that law enforcement officers arrive?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's recently released Developing High Quality Emergency Operation Plans for Houses of Worship states:

No single response fits all active shooter situations; however, making sure each individual knows his or her options for response … [can help them] react decisively [and] save valuable time. Depicting scenarios and considering response options in advance will assist individuals and groups in quickly selecting their best course of action.

The Guide offers these suggestions for responding to an active shooter:

Congregational meetings
The Guide states that "it may be valuable to schedule a time for an open conversation regarding this topic. Though some congregants or staff may find the conversation uncomfortable, they may also find it reassuring to know that as a whole their house of worship is thinking about how best to deal with this situation."

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Posted: June 25, 2014
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