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

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

Threat Assessments, a Main Ingredient for Facility Security

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Tips on How to Write Threat Assessments & Mitigate Risk

Threat assessments “provide a guidance framework to develop and implement the mitigation measures that would be necessary and appropriate to the identified threats to” a facility. – Thomas Bullock III, Law Enforcement Specialist with VML Insurance.*

Threat assessments are an invaluable part of security for any facility and by not performing a threat assessment on a regular basis you are leaving your facility vulnerable to ever changing threats. Some form of threat assessment should be performed annually, even if it’s just re-assessing, but a new threat assessment should be performed every other year. Read More

Rapid Responder Customer Forums Frequently Asked Questions

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You Have Questions, We Have Answers

Rapid Responder Forums is available for current users to connect with other users from across the country, share unique ways to use the system, stay up-to-date on recent upgrades, and an additional way to connect with our support team. Rapid Responder users will find a variety of threads to post to and read from, which will cover system updates, the Emergency Response Interface, the Administrative Interface, mobile apps, and tips and tricks. A feature requests thread is also available for customers to submit ideas and needs for future system updates

So what are the most commonly asked questions about our forums?

What types of topics can I find in Rapid Responder Forums.

Users will find information on topics like, the mobile app’s that are offered, the two different types of interfaces (Emergency Response and Administrative), and drills and events. Read More

The Weatherperson Isn’t Always Right

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Preparing Your Place of Worship & Congregation for Adverse Weather

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Have you ever walked into a place on a cloudy day, and when you come out, it’s pouring rain? The weather tends to have a mind of its own, no matter what the weatherperson might tell you. Adverse weather can happen at any time and in any place, including during a church service. A winter morning can turn into a winter wonderland before the service is over, and a summer storm might cause flash flooding. The good news however, is most weather conditions can be planned for and risk can be mitigated in a timely manner with preparation. Read More

Keeping Youth Safe on Church Trips

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Simple Ways to Account for Student’s & Ensure Everyone stays Safe

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There are several safety issues that surround each child during a trip and child safety is the most critical aspect to any place of worship outing that involves students. Here are some tips on how you can keep youth safe while still having fun on a church trip.

Accountability

The adults that supervise and chaperone the trips are the first line of defense for ensuring safety for everyone attending. Accountability can only be successful if the adult to child ratio is correct, meaning there should only be a certain number of children assigned to each adult. Each chaperone should know their children’s first and last names, and any medical concerns that they may have. It is also important that chaperones have the cell phone numbers of those they are responsible for, so they have a way to easily contact them if concerns arise over accountability. Read More