June 20, 2013
White House to Churches: Run, Hide, or Fight an Active Shooter
Six-agency report provides help with forming teams, assessing risks
Our sister site ChristianityToday.com's "Gleanings" gives a quick recap today of the White House's first-ever emergency operating plan for houses of worship.
The free plan, created by six government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, covers how to create an emergency preparedness team and assess potential risks and hazards, including natural disasters and active-shooter scenarios. Regarding the latter, Abby Stocker notes in "Gleanings":
(T)he White House has--for the first time--told churches and other houses of worship how they should respond to a gunman.
The most interesting detail: Encouragement to not only run and hide, but to fight back as a last resort.
Watch for future updates regarding the plan's recommendations and how they square with the planning and prevention efforts that churches should make. In the meantime, the following resources also can further aid those efforts:
- Dealing with Dangerous People
- Does Your Church Need a Security Guard?
- Confronting Gun Violence at Church
- Protect Your Church From Crime and Violence
- Creating a Church Safety Team
- When Disaster Strikes
- Serving as a Disaster-Relief Team