Church Resources for Active Shooters and Safety Threats
The tragic events of late remind us that life is precious and that evil has the potential to find us anywhere, even in houses of worship. Circumstances as these are never easy to discuss. And, despite these gun related tragedies, our politicians have proven to be unmoved time, and again, to offer up any solutions that have the potential to thwart the ability of certain individuals to obtain such weapons. Consequently, we are obligated to discuss the propensity for these situations to occur in our country, and in our congregations.
In the aftermath of these events, church leaders struggle for answers around church security. Among the tough questions asked are, “What can, or should, a church do to prepare for an event such as this? Should churches encourage their parishioners to be armed in the pews? Should the church hire armed security to guard their doors? How should congregants respond to an active shooter situation; lockdown in place, run, hide, fight?”
For several years, the Insurance Board has been providing free information and resources to churches and related ministries to inform them about relevant tools available to respond to these situations in the most appropriate ways possible. Learn more on the Insurance Board website: insuranceboard.org/safety-resources/
In addition, Rehoboth Fellowship in Atlanta is offering Active Shooter Preparedness Training on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. This course is open to the public.