Church Security: From the Ground, Up

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Northstar Church of God Pastor, Luke Hodges Explains their Safety & Security Measures

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Luke Hodges is the Senior Pastor of Northstar Church of God in Tumwater, WA. In his four years there so far, he has been dedicating much time to the improvement of overall safety and security at his church, while continuing to foster an open and welcoming environment to members and visitors alike. I recently had the opportunity to talk with him and get some insight on how his church is cost effectively increasing their safety and overall security. Read More

Increasing School Security through Visitor Management

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4 Tips to Keep Students Safe & Maintain Security


When it comes to schools, safety is a top priority but, how safe can a school be if there is not an effective way to manage visitors who come and go on a daily basis? Do you know who should and shouldn’t be on campus and do you have a way to easily identify them from teachers, substitute teachers and normal staff? To effectively secure a school, you must manage those who visit it.

Today we want to give you four ways that you can increase the safety and security of your school by implementing effective visitor management protocol.


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Creating a Safety Team for Your Place of Worship

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Providing an open but safe environment for visitors

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Safety teams can be the difference between a disaster and an emergency that is handled efficiently and effectively. Whether you already have a safety team for your place of worship, or you need assistance with organizing one, these best practices can help keep the open and welcoming atmosphere that you have worked so hard to establish.

  1. To start a safety team or recruit more involvement, consider asking current volunteers if they are interested in holding a position on your safety team. Many times, people that already volunteer are willing to volunteer a little more. It is essential to rotate team members so that burn out does not happen. Remember, your safety team members are interested in sitting in services as well.

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Who is the Incident Commander?

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The Incident Command System is used by many facilities including schools, churches, and hospitals. It uses the basis of a hierarchy of individuals who work together with separate responsibilities to accomplish a common goal of safety. Arguably the most important role in ICS is the incident commander position, as they are responsible for all aspects of an emergency response. Read more to learn who the incident commander should be for your facilities safety team. Read More

More Information than a Hasty 911 Call

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Rapid Responder Empowers You to Respond

We recently brought you the 6 W’s to dialing 911 from your place of worship, but what if I told you there was a way for dispatchers and first responders to gain even more valuable information before 911 callyou’re off the phone? With Rapid Responder, first responders and church staff are able to quickly and securely access emergency response information and engage in real-time alerts and chats during any incident.

Rapid Responder digitally stores your place of worships aerial imagery with evacuation plans, best access routes for first responders and tactical mapping plans that can save time and lives. During any emergency, emergency response plans and procedures are just a click away, easing stress for all involved. Tactical plans stored in Rapid Responder help first responders and church staff identify who, how and where they will respond.

Learn more about how Rapid Responder aids in the emergency response for your place of worship.

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School Safety Committee Series: Meeting & Training with First Responders

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school safety committee- fire first respondersFirst Responders are busy and work in high stress situations every day, but that doesn’t mean they are unwilling to help your school meet their safety and security needs. Today we will end our school safety committee series by giving you tips on how to effectively meet and train with first responders to meet your safety goals.

 Invite Them with Advanced Notice 

First responders are always willing to meet with schools in order to keep them as safe as possible, but with their hectic schedules, they must have meetings scheduled well in advance. This goes for all first responders including law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services.

Train for Specific Incidents

When planning your training with first responders, plan for a specific event. EMS should be present and actively training on emergencies such as CPR and First Aid, while fire professionals should actively train for containing fires. Read More

School Safety Committee Series: Items to Discuss

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This morning we explained the roles and responsibilities of your safety team members and how adhering to those will help to increase the efficiency of a cohesive response. This afternoon, we want to give you a list of items that should be discussed at your committee meetings. These are guidelines and as such, should be tailored to meet the needs of your school safety team. Below are a few broad topics that should be discussed often at your safety committee meetings.

Funding Requests should be a topic that is opened often, if not every month for your meetings. During this time, members can request new items that they believe are needed to continue safety. Some examples of these requests might be: megaphones, two-way radios, vests, hand-held stop signs, and flashlights. Read More

School Safety Committee Series: Roles & Responsibilities of Members

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Yesterday, we started our series by discussing how school safety committees help to foster a safer and more secure learning environment. Today, we want to give you a to-do list for each role in the safety committee. It will outline their responsibilities that will lead to a more cohesive response to emergencies. First, it is important to remember the different members that should make up your committee: the principal, a counselor, the nurse, the school resource officer, a teacher, and the facilities coordinator. Each person has a specific role that they must perform and responsibilities that produce a unified response during emergencies.

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School Safety Committee Series: Safety Committee Overview

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Schools without effective safety committees miss the mark on rounding out a safe and secure learning environment for their students. Effective safety committees can help prevent unsafe conditions and provide efficient responses to emergencies when they arise. Committees can provide revision for current safety policies and procedures, help engage with your first responders and provide ongoing safety information to parents, staff and the community. If your school doesn’t have a safety committee, consider ways to create one and for established committees, think of ways to increase participation. By doing so, your efforts will help create a safer school environment.   Read More

School Resource Officers Work as a Safety Asset

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school resource officersSchool Resource Officers (SROs) are a safety and security asset that many schools utilize on a daily basis. They serve as a liaison for the school and the community and also provide counseling and positive interactions with students and staff. If you are unsure how a SRO effectively adds to the security of your school, consider these qualities that they typically offer.  Read More