Places of worship have many needs from serving their community to holding weekly services and consistently seeking out volunteers for different positions, but their needs do not stop there. Places of worship have unique safety and security needs for their congregation, visitors, and facility. Below are some common safety and security needs for most churches, and ways that Rapid Responder helps to effortlessly meet those needs.
4 Ways to Keep Your Facility & Volunteers Safe During Community Outreach
Every week, places of worship around the country open their doors to meet community needs in the form of temporary shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, and more. Although these organizations are looking to do good deeds and serve those in need, they are also adding an additional safety risk to their volunteers and facility. Today we are going to discuss 4 ways that you can actively keep your facility and volunteers safe while opening your doors for community outreach.
1. First and foremost, the most effective way to reduce safety concerns is to block off restricted areas during community outreach. If your place of worship serves as a school or daycare, close and lock all doors that lead to those areas, making it impossible for an unauthorized person to gain access. If there are other areas that are off limits, lock all doors that are not critical to the operation of your particular community outreach. Read More
Top 3 Ways to Improve Facility Safety by Creating Goals
This week we have talked specifically about how creating new goals for the New Year can improve your facility or organizations safety and security. Whether it be a school, church, hospital, or movie theater, there are improvements that can be made and creating new goals can be the answer. As we enter 2016, safety and security for facilities and those who enter them should be a top priority. Today we want to give you the top 3 takeaways from this series that can help you this year. Read More
Setting Measurable Goals for Your Place of Worship & Using Incentives to Motivate
Your place of worship likely has a number of goals, whether it be to welcome new members, or to grow the average number of people in a church service, but does your church have safety goals in place? As 2016 begins, we want to help you increase your safety by meeting new goals in terms of security. Reaching safety goals is not only important for your members and visitors, but also for the overall safety and security of your property and those you wish to protect. Read More
Learn How Rapid Responder can Help Mitigate Large Crowd Risk in Your Place of Worship
Places of Worship experience very different security issues than other types of facilities because of their open environment, which exposes them to safety issues that others do not face. During normal service times, these risks are fairly easily managed, but when large crowds are expected, it becomes more difficult to effectively maintain security. This where Rapid Responder can help. Rapid Responder helps you effortlessly prepare for the large, unknown crowds that may be accessing your ground during a special event or holiday.
Here are some examples that may draw large crowds to your church during the year:
Notify Offers Unique Mass Notification Features for Your Facility
Rapid Responder Notify is an app designed specifically for mass notification and is a complimentary add-on feature for those who utilize the Rapid Responder system for their facilities emergency preparedness. There are many mass notification systems out there, but none quite like Rapid Responder Notify. Anyone can sign up by downloading the app, choosing their group, and putting in their site ID, which is completely customizable by a Rapid Responder admin. The groups can range anywhere from hospital employees, students, staff, or a congregation. It also allows app users to send anonymous tips and alerts to designated individuals of any suspicious activity, an incident, or even a maintenance issue such as clogged water drain.
Today though, we want to explain how it can improve your facilities crisis management by means of mass notification. Take these three incidents for example, and see how Rapid Responder Notify can quickly send mass notification to those who need it. Read More
Safety audits can sometimes feel like a daunting task that reveals the less up-to-date safety aspects of your place of worship, but by focusing on audits as a preventative measure, they can increase the safety of your facility. Safety audits are a quick and efficient way to see where improvements need to be made and give your church a jumpstart to a safer environment, and increase preparedness. Today we will give you an overview of things your safety audit should include, how to get the most out of it, and following up for effective safety. Read More
Although rare, active shooter situations do happen, and are a part of safety and security training in most organizations these days. Unfortunately, we must prepare for these unlikely incidents by knowing the most effective ways to respond. There are a few methods, but the most widely used and supported are, “Run, Hide, Fight,” and “Avoid, Deny, Defend.” Keep reading to learn what they mean, how they differ, and who supports them.
When a facility such as a school, church, or movie theater starts discussing their security options, the topic of budget always arises. Often times there are individuals who rally for increased safety and security, no matter the cost, but there are others who vote for cheaper, and sometimes less effective options, even if it means providing less safety. Today we want to talk to you about the quote,
The value of security isn’t measured by what it costs, but what it prevents
The design and layout of your buildings are the first and often most important aspects to safety and security. With effective building design hiding places can easily be diminished and emergency exits can be more easily accessed. We understand that many times, facilities are built with a different intended purpose, but remodeling can be beneficial to security. Today we want to give you 5 ways that your building’s design and layout can improve your security and make it more effective. Read More