More Visibility = More Awareness

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Keeping Your Options Open During Emergencies

Many times, we hear stories of an active shooter or armed intruder, we hear that victims heard chaos and looked for the nearest exit to escape but ended up in more danger. When attempting to escape, victims tend to run blindly, not really knowing where the incident is or the location of the shooter/intruder. Unfortunately since the focus is just on trying to get out, victims may actually be running toward danger due to lack of visibility and awareness of their surroundings prior to the incident. Keep reading to learn how visibility is directly linked to awareness and how these critical opportunities can help when in an emergency situation. Read More

Preventing & Responding to a Stalker on Church Grounds

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Do You Know Who’s Watching?

Stalking is something that is rarely talked about openly in our society, but it is a scary reality for over 7 million people in the United States. Stalking is not just what we see in movies or on the television, it is a concern for both men and women and can interfere with all aspects of life. Stalking is a growing concern for all, but especially those under 25 years of age and can be cause for concern in your place of worship. Without proper policies, stalking can lead to grave consequences for not only the victim, but those around as well. We have some ways to help you mitigate risk of a stalker at your place of worship.  Read More

Rapid Responder Makes an Appearance at Sheepdog Seminar

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If you are in the Pacific Northwest region, please join us at the Sheepdog Seminar in Longview, WA this weekend, Saturday, March 12. National Account Executive, Jeff Hicks from Prepared Response, Inc. will be available at the seminar to offer church and place of worship leaders information on the industry leading emergency preparedness system, Rapid Responder. Read More

Emergency Operating Procedures

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What You Need to Know & Address

Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) are critical to emergency planning and preparedness for any facility. According to FEMA, emergency operating procedures means, “A document that assigns responsibility to organizations and individuals for carrying out specific actions at projected times and places in an emergency that exceeds the capability or routine responsibility of any one agency.”

Many people working on EOPs confuse them with plans; however, they are much different because emergency operating procedures are not as specific as emergency plans. Plans will be very emergency operating proceduresspecific and will differ according to emergency type such as fire, active shooter, flooding, etc. Procedures on the other hand are broader and say “if there’s a fire, the fire department will respond and take over the response.” Read More

Dialing 9-1-1 from a Place of Worship

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9-1-1

We all know that when dialing 9-1-1, we will be asked questions about the type of emergency, location you are at and other information needed by first responders. This usually isn’t a problem, but if you’re at a place of worship when you dial 9-1-1 you may run into questions that you don’t know how to answer. When calling for help, you will need to know how to clearly answer to the 6 W’s dispatchers will ask. We’ll show you how to provide dispatchers with all the information they need and give you some tips that will get first responders to you quickly. Read More

Keep Youth Safe, Minimizing Legality While Sharing Online

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Practicing Safety Procedures While Interacting Online

Does your place of worship have an active website, or social media pages that are frequented by visitors and congregation members for updates and images of the most recent events? Many youth programs and children’s programs at places of worship utilize social media and the church website to draw otheronline families into their church, and to offer a glimpse into what the programs entail. However, sometimes those who wish to cause harm are also using the social media pages and websites as a way to find potential victims. Remember predators and those who wish harm are lurking in areas where they will find targets and victims, and places of worship are not immune from the dangers. Protect your congregation and especially children and youth from online predators by following these simple, yet sometimes overlooked tips. Read More

Essential Tools for Emergency Responses at Your Place of Worship

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Gathering & Documenting Resources for Emergencies

When an emergency happens at your place of worship you want to be prepared, including having on hand the resources you will need to respond effectively. Different types of emergencies will produce different types of responses, so it is important to have essential tools for a wide variety of emergencies that may present themselves. Click through the tabs to see necessities for different incidents that may happen at your place of worship. Read More

4 Ways to Prevent Fires at Your Place of Worship

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prevent firesDon’t be a Statistic, Intentional Prevention Can Reduce Fire Vulnerabilities

Fires at a place of worship are always a concern, whether it be a natural fire or arson, it can be prevented to a certain degree. Many times, our first option is not the safest, nor is it highly likely to prevent fires; fire prevention in your place of worship must be intentional to be effective. Here are 4 ways you can proactively work to prevent fires in your religious center. Read More

Minnesota Communities Invited to Learn About Rapid Responder

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Complimentary Webinar Showcasing Firsthand Experience & Rapid Responder Effectiveness

Prepared Response, Inc. is offering a complimentary webinar where attendees can expect to learn about Rapid Responder®, the industry leading emergency management and crisis response system. Minnesota communities and facilities will see how Rapid Responder increases their safety and security via a live demonstration, viewing features specific to the system. Jeff Trick, Carver County Deputy & SRO for SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative will give a firsthand user experience and explain how Rapid Responder has aided his district and community with crisis preparedness and efficient response time to any incident. Read More

12 Topics for Monthly Safety Meetings

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Keep Your Safety Team Engaged & Use All Meetings for Training & Educationsafety meetings

Sometimes the most difficult part of safety meetings and what makes them less than effective, is not knowing what to discuss. We always recommend having a safety meeting once a month, but sometimes, there aren’t any safety issues to discuss. When those instances occur, take the opportunity to discuss new topics, or for training. Today we are going to give you 12 ideas for topics that you can use this year in your monthly safety meetings. Read More