Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

US Dept of Homeland Security, 2013.

This four-section guide developed by FEMA helps congregational leaders create an up-to-date emergency operations plan in case of a natural disaster or an active shooter.


the principles of emergency operations planning (EOP); how to fine tune an EOP and partner with neighboring congregations; the form and function of an EOP; and emergency planning for an active shooter

Best For

clergy or lay leaders of any tradition



Suggested Uses

  • Prepare for potential emergencies by sharing this resource with congregational leaders responsible for safety precautions.
  • Gain a broad perspective of emergency planning and use the examples to implement good practices in your context.

About the Contributor

Sandra Herron

Sandra Herron is the founding principal and owner of MiddlEdge, Inc., a management consultancy dedicated to helping congregations align their strategy, people, structure, and processes to achieve their vision. She is an experienced adult educator, trainer and facilitator in academic, community, corporate and ministry settings.

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