It’s a situation no one wants to think about let alone actively plan for – a mass shooting in your place of worship. Once upon a time church was a safe refuge for those who just needed some time in prayer and reflection. Church security was unheard of. Today however, it’s a necessity.
So the question is, how do you keep your doors open to all, while protecting those inside? Prevention and planning is key.
Have a Plan and Test It – Having a plan doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re prepared. Until you actually practice the plan – until you partner with others to test it – your plan is just that, a plan. Practicing the plan will allow leaders to learn if there are any holes in the design.
Act Fast – When an active shooter first enters a church the first protocol should be to try to isolate them. Having a pre-planned distress code that trained staff and volunteers recognize immediately allows getting people to safety to start immediately.
Team Effort – While churches want to be inviting, anyone that sees something of concern must communicate it to the security or church leaders.
Emergency Alert System – HTS Active Alert Systems emergency alert app can literally mean the difference between life and death in an active-shooter situation. When chaos ensues, emergency services, including police and ambulance, are just a click away on your mobile device. You can also alert members of your organization, and pinpoint threats, all in a matter of minutes simply by pushing a few buttons.
None of us want to be unprepared when an active shooter enters our church doors. The most important things you can do to protect your members are to make your emergency action plan, practice safety drills, and take measures to prevent violent individuals from harming your congregation
One of the most incomprehensible places for a shooting to occur is in a church or similar place of worship. Congregants gather for times of prayer, worship, and shared testimony and do so with the assumption they’ll be safe in such a sacred place. Unfortunately, however, we’ve seen that is not always the case. Sadly, mass shootings in mosques, synagogues and churches happen here in the United States and around the globe. In fact, in 2016, violent deaths were more frequent at faith-based organizations than at schools.
So, the question is, how do you keep your congregant’s safe while they are attending services, bible study or hosting church suppers? HTS Active Alert Systems LLC’s Active Alert threat monitoring system is the most comprehensive security resource, available on your computer or your mobile device. This app can literally mean the difference between life and death in an active-shooter situation.
Chaos will ensue and tension will be high in an active-shooter scenario. It’s not a situation in which you can calmly call police and notify them of real-time updates on the situation – but our app can. With a threat monitoring system you’ll be able to notify emergency responders quickly and effortlessly.
Today more than ever, it’s vital that churches have a protocol in place for keeping their congregation safe in the event of a shooter. Read on to Pt. 2 to learn what steps to take to protect your congregants and minimize casualties.
In today’s world, you can never be too serious about security threats. Ignoring them is a surefire way to allow an attack to occur. If you hear someone talking about a future attack – a bomb threat, or shooting, or if you hear someone talk about bringing a weapon to a specific place, you cannot ignore it. Here is what you should do if you suspect someone may be planning an attack:
If you are near the person, do not let on that you heard them. If they are speaking directly to you, act nonchalant. Do your best not to respond fearfully, in case they suspect that you might turn them in.
As soon as you can leave this person without raising suspicion, go to a person of authority. Contact the police and head of security at the facility and tell them exactly what you heard.
- Important Reminder: If you report a threat and it is not serious, you will not face repercussions. If you hear anyone talking about performing an act of violence, it is better to be safe than sorry. If it turns out to be a false threat, the person who made the threat will be the person who faces the consequences.
Make Use of Your Emergency Alert App
Having an emergency alert app can make reporting and responding to threats that much easier. With Active Alert, you can send security alerts to everyone in your network, and summon first responders with the push of a button on your computer or phone. A threat monitoring system is an essential asset to any facility from businesses, to schools, to places of worship. Contact Hedge Tactical Solutions today to take charge of your security.
The threat of gun violence is very real here in the United States. The number of mass shootings has only gone up in recent years. If you run security for any facility, whether it is a school, place of worship, or business, it pays to be prepared for an event like this. It seems unlikely until it happens to you, but the benefits of having an emergency preparedness plan are many:
Keep Cool Under Pressure
When you have a plan in place for emergencies, you perform better under pressure. In situations where panic typically rules the day, you will know exactly what to do. Instead of worrying about next steps, you can take action. Keeping a cool head during an emergency is the most important way to ensure your survival and the survival of others.
Reduce Response Times
With a solid plan in place for emergencies, you will drastically shorten response times. This is essential in times of crisis. The more time you buy for yourself, the better your chances of getting everyone out alive. An emergency preparedness plan lets you act quickly without stumbling.
An emergency preparedness plan, when executed well, should ensure that more people survive. The more prepared you are for the worst case scenario, the lower the death toll will be.
Get an Emergency Alert App
Active Alert is an emergency alert app that can save lives in the event of an emergency. With real-time video feed and the ability to summon first responders at the push of a button, this app is an integral part of any emergency preparedness plan. Contact Hedge Tactical Solutions today to get a customized security app for your facility.
In our last post, we discussed three life-saving tips that can help you in an active shooter scenario, but we didn’t cover them all. Here are three more essential tips for surviving an emergency.
Avoid Stampedes – Basic human instinct tells you to run in the opposite direction when you encounter an emergency. However, if everyone is running in a single direction, it can cause a stampede and potentially create more injuries and prevent people from reaching safety. The safest thing to do when fleeing from an active shooter is to move with the flow of the crowd and stay on the perimeter.
Act Quickly – An active shooter scenario happens in the blink of an eye, so it’s important to move as quickly as possible. If someone opens fire in your vicinity, do not hesitate – get to a safe location as quickly as you can.
Have an Emergency Alert System in Place – If you are in charge of security at your facility, it is extremely important to have an emergency alert system in place. An emergency alert app like Active Alert will help you keep everyone in your facility safe. It can provide real-time updates in an active shooter scenario and contact first responders with the touch of a button. Call HTS Active Alert Systems, LLC today at 866.387.9396.
In the United States, mass shootings are a very real danger. With almost 300 shootings occurring in the US in 2017 alone, it’s something for which everyone needs to be prepared. Even if your facility has an emergency response system like Active Alert, it’s important to follow these safety guidelines when dealing with an active shooter. They could just save your life.
Find the Exits – Exit signs are deliberately designed to be easy to spot. When you go somewhere, whether it be to an event, the movies, or the store, take note of where the exits are. Note each emergency exit you see so that you can quickly escape if someone opens fire. This technique will help you in most emergencies, not just those with an active shooter.
Seek Shelter – It is very important to get something between you and the shooter. Hiding behind something can save your life when gunfire is involved. If you cannot make your way to an exit fast enough, hiding is your best bet for staying alive. Be aware of potential hiding places at all times, so you are prepared if something happens.
Don’t Engage with the Shooter – You should never try to engage with an active shooter unless you are an armed professional. Get out of the way and stay out of the way to be as safe as possible.
These are just three of the ways you can stay safe during an active shooter situation. In our next post, we will go over three more ways you can be prepared for the worst.
Having an emergency plan in place is essential for anyone who manages school, business, or place of worship. Unprepared personnel could have a difficult time coordinating when disaster hits, which can cause problems that would have been avoidable if you had planned ahead. That’s where HTS Active Alert Systems comes in. Our Active Alert® reporting system is a comprehensive security resource. Other mobile security apps simply don’t have our capabilities.
In this blog, we will be discussing how to use our threat reporting software, important safety tips to follow during emergencies, and any other security-related topics that we feel are important to you. If you manage facilities that need emergency preparedness software, or you are interested in security and disaster-preparedness, you should subscribe. We will be sharing informative and entertaining content on a regular basis, so you don’t want to miss out.
At HTS Active Alert Systems, LLC our passion is your safety. Call us today at 866.387.9396 or contact us using our email form today to learn how our threat monitoring system can benefit your facility. Our software offers unrivaled security for your business, school, or place of worship. Don’t fall prey to avoidable disasters – get Active Alert® for your building today.