Edited from a Press Release
Disaster Preparedness for Houses of Worship online Seminar Slated

A webinar on disaster preparation will be held May 31 @ 2 p.m. specifically aimed at houses of worship. Registration is free.

Can you tell what occurred in the picture above? Was it an earthquake..a tornado..or a bombing? Does your house of worship know what to do for various types of emergencies?

Federal authorities warned law enforcement across the nation during the Holidays that Islamic State sympathizers were continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites. The warning was issued after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a militant's social media site. The picture above was taken after a bombing that occured at an Egyptian Church during Palm Sunday.

Not only are houses of worship potential target sites, but they have always been places where large numbers of people congregate. What happens when an emergency occurs, weather related or otherwise - are you prepared to react to more than a fire drill? Do your volunteers know what to do and have you exercised a plan in the last 2 years? If you have not had an opportunity to meet your local Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), now would be the time to see how they could be a resource to you.

What can we all do? Always remain vigilant, teach volunteers/staff to be aware and report any suspicious activity. Also, we would like to help build community resilience by offering assistance to you in regards to emergency preparedness and response planning - for ANY kind of disaster. This training is aimed at helping leaders of houses of worship who are interested in learning more about HOW to develop their emergency plans, WHAT factors need to be considered in planning, and WHY they should be planning.

Speakers for this training:

By the end of the training, participants will: