Church Safety


Churches frequently contact the Conference office for resources around church safety. Here are a few:


(Many of these have been compiled by the Massachusetts Conference Disaster Resource Team, and are posted here: www.macucc.org/preparingchurches)

 

Senior Regional Minister The Rev. Michael Ciba suggested that individuals speak to Rev. David Peters from our Roxbury Congregational Church.  He recently attended a training program and might have information to share about his experience and what his church has implemented around security.  He can be reached at the Roxbury Congregational Church, 860-355-1978; email: david@roxburychurch.org.

 

A good source of information is the UCC Insurance Board:

www.insuranceboard.org/safety-resources/

They also have a Safe Conduct workbench which has some good materials:  www.insuranceboard.org/safety-resources/safeconduct-workbench/

 

The Massachusetts Conference has recommended this video and resources from Church Mutual Insurance Co: www.churchmutual.com/6421/Armed-Intruder

They have also recommended the following: www.uufortwayne.org/wp-content/uploads/14-07-14-Approved-Emergency-Preparedness-Procedures.pdf

 

National Disaster Interfaiths Network has published a series on all kinds of disaster preparedness and how to be a “ready congregation”: www.n-din.org/ndin_resources/ndin_tips_sheets_v1208.php

 

Local and state police departments are offering “Active Shooter” trainings and workshops across the state.  Call your local troop to learn more about how and when the next training is offered in their area/region.

 

Homeland security has some training videos: www.securecommunitynetwork.org/training/scn-homeland-security-and-preparedness-training-center and they have published this Quick Reference Guide: macucc-email.brtapp.com/files/active-shooter+reference+guide.pdf

 

Here’s a good article from Christianity Today: www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2007/august-online-only/protect-your-congregation-from-gunman.html

 

Here’s a good article from the UCC Insurance Board President: www.insuranceboard.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/newsletter-winter-18.pdf

 

Here’s more information on ALICE- an acronym for the 5 important strategies for any response : Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.   www.alicetraining.com/our-program/alice-training/worship/