Preparing Your Church for Any Emergency

Church Law and Tax Group. Accessed April 14, 2017.

Religious people and their facilities are not immune from emergencies. This resource from Christianity Today helps congregations develop plans that lead to an effective response to an emergency situation. The assessment tool evaluates a congregation’s readiness to handle various emergencies, whether internal or external. Readers can then create “emergency response plans” via the provided “modules” that address weather, illegal behavior, violence, and other events. Specific topics include managing an evacuation, dangers in a damaged facility, and communication. Among other things, the communication module suggests a phone tree, direct alarms to police and/or fire department personnel, and a “need to know” basis for handling “sensitive information.” Leaders share what they learned from their church fire in another section. Ideas include “record all offers of help.” Christianity is the article’s perspective, but clergy, trustees, and leaders from many religious traditions can use this practical resource with little or no adaptation.