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Resources

Home and Family
Children Safety

  • Establish safe word with child – no one is allowed to transport or direct child to leave location, class, etc. without confirming safe word.
    • Must not be shared or known, once used it should be changed.
    • See “Hostage and Kidnapping” tab
  • Children should know:
    • Full name
    • Phone numbers
    • When and how to call 9-1-1
    • How to contact alternate trusted adult
    • Doors remain locked
    • If at left alone, the child (appropriate age) must never tell anyone they are home alone whether being asked by someone at the door or on the phone.
    • How to take action in an emergency, and where to go in case of emergency. (i.e., fire, home invasion, stranger, inappropriate contact, etc.)

Home Invasion and Personal Protection in the Home

  • Personal Safety Seminar
  • Tactics / Awareness / Safety
  • Safe Rooms
    • Key goal of safe room is to buy time and protect until Law Enforcement can arrive.
      • Immediately go to safe room in emergency or home invasion
      • Should have only one door
      • Quickly accessible to all family members
      • Master Bedrooms and second floor rooms good candidates
    • Safe Room should be stocked with emergency items:
      • Cell Phone
      • Flashlights (two is one, and one is none)
      • Extra car keys – allows you to set off car alarm as additional notification to neighbors of emergency
      • Door peephole – for identification of threat or police
      • Security system control unit
      • Home defense weapon(s)

Hostage and Kidnapping

  • Awareness
    • Levels of Awareness
      • White – Oblivious of your surroundings
      • Yellow – Aware of your surroundings
      • Orange – Heightened state of awareness
      • Red – Fight or Flight
      • Black – State of Panic or Disconnect
    • Weapons – level of self defense training
    • We never go to a secondary crime scene!
      • Fight or Flight (options)
      • Here and Now – Do what you can when you can
      • Do not succumb to threats
        • “Get in the car or I will hurt _____________”
        • “Don’t scream or I will kill/ hurt your ______________”

Threat and Risk Assessment

  • Fundamental components:
    • Access
      • Purposefully direct flow or access ( without causing fire hazard – limit outside access in order to funnel any possible threats to your greatest area of protection and strongest defendable location
    • People
      • Those individuals you rely on for advise, counsel, and physical protection.
    • Plans
      • There is NO substitute for preplanning…better to have and not need, than to need and not have!

New Hire Packet and Policies/Church Standards and Policies

  • churchlawandtaxes.com
  • freechurchforms.com
  • Conflict of Interest
  • Pornography Policy
  • Pedophile Policy
  • Background Policy
  • Social Media Policy
  • Felon Policy
  • Benevolence Policy
  • Phone Policy
  • Disciplinary Action Policy
  • Security Policy
  • Safety Policy
  • Visitor Policy
  • Property Usage Policy (usage of church facilities)
  • Driving Policy (proper license/texting/phone usage/age/ etc.)

Pornography Policy and Resources
Pedophile Policy and Procedures
Benvolence Policy and Tools

  • benevolencetracker.com
    • The only benevolence tracking product/ network on the market today designed to detect and deter fraud, while providing accountability to church and staff. This is a Battle Plan product.
  • churchlawandtax.com
    • Article – When Benevolence Ministry Becomes Risky

Emergency Management

  • Emergency Management Plan (EMP)
    • Emergency Management Plan only as good as the last drill.
    • It is always best to consider the worst-case scenario in emergency management planning.
  • Emergency Response Plan (ERP)
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)
    • Readiness
    • Response
    • Recovery
  • http://www.anser.org/node/2980
  • Evacuation Plans
    • Without preplanning this event’s success is greatly reduced
    • fema.gov
    • ready.gov
    • Agreement and understanding with local emergency response
      • Law enforcement – allow them the opportunity to do a walk through or train in the case of emergency or active shooter event
      • Hospitals and ambulance service for relationship in the event of mass casualty event whether natural of terrorist in nature.
    • Drills – Do your members participate in drills, or have knowledge of your church’s policy or Emergency Response Policy (ERP)?
    • EMP/ ERP in policy/ employee handbook
      • Available and understood by staff/volunteers/membership
    • freechurchforms.com
      • Emergency Action and Recovery Plans
    • https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/developing_eops_for_houses_of_worship_final.pdf

Disaster Recovery

  • Disaster recovery (DR) involves a set of policies and procedures to enable the recovery or continuation of vital technology infrastructure and systems following a natural or human-induced disaster.

Incident Reports

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
Fire Prevention
First Aid/CPR/AED

  • Policy on training for staff, leadership, and child care personnel
  • aedsuperstore.com
  • aedstoday.com
  • An individual in cardiac arrest or emergency will have 10% less chance of survival for every minute they go without an AED.

Mass Casualty Checklist
Active Shooter Event

  • ALERRT – CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events)

ALERRT Research
Safety and OSHA in Houses of Worship
Legal Resources
Texas 30.06 vs. 30.07

Texas Department of Public Safety - Private Security

Pastoral Resources and Care

Recommended Reading List

  • Leadership and Training for the Fight by Paul Howe
  • On Combat by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
  • Terror at Beslan by John Giduck
  • Because They Hate by Brigitte Gabriel
  • The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Combative Fundamentals by Jeff Gonzales
  • Far Beyond Defensive Tactics by Loren Christensen
  • Protecting the Gift by Gavin De Becker
  • The Gift of Fear by Gavin De Becker
  • Keeping Your Church Safe by Ron Aguiar
  • Principals of Personal Defense by Col. Jeff Cooper
  • Warrior Mindset by Michael J. Asken, Ph.D.
  • Fight Like a Girl…and Win by Lori Hartman Gervasi
  • Stay in the Fight by Kyle Lamb
  • American Sniper by Chris Kyle
  • The Missing Ministry by The GuideOne Center for Risk Management
  • Crime Prevention for Houses of Worship by Chester L. Quarles, CPP, and Paula L. Ratliff
  • Better Safe Than Sued by Jack Crabtree
  • Verbal Judo by George J. Thompson and Jerry B. Jenkins
  • How To Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Home SAFE by Wayne Lapierre
  • Principles of Kinesic Interview and Interrogation by Stan B. Walters
  • The Truth about Lying by Stan B. Walter
  • Active Shooter Events and Response by J.Pete Blair, Terry Nichols, David Burns, and John R. Curnutt
  • Terrorism Law by Dr. Jeffrey F. Addicot
    • Special Interest – Chapter 9

Disclaimer:  See Terms of Service.  The information found here is neither exhaustive nor all-inclusive.