Houses of Worship
Communities across Maryland rely upon religious institutions not only to exercise their religious beliefs but also as community gathering places and hubs of secular activities.
A selection of references, training, and videos has been compiled below to assist clergy and members of houses of worship in understanding how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to an active assailant incident. Those affiliated with houses of worship are encouraged to utilize these resources as a starting point.
Fires, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, arson and active shooters can all affect houses of worship. With incidents occurring with little to no warning, many houses of worship are developing and updating plans and procedures to ensure the safety and security of their congregations, staff, and facilities. This site offers training, tools, and video links for specific information on active shooter preparedness.
This toolkit was developed to provide a free product for houses of worship to better prepare staff, worshipers first responders, and other partners to plan for and respond to active assailant incidents. The toolkit provides all the materials and information necessary to easily plan and host a tabletop exercise.
This video was created by Brigham Young University and presents a scenario that provides guidance on actions to take if you find yourself in a mass shooting incident.
This site is presented by the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative and has numerous links to resources to bolster emergency preparedness efforts and to foster best practices to help keep faith-based events and houses of worship safe.
This guide provides information for houses of worship with information regarding emergency operations planning for the spectrum of threats and hazards they may face. It discusses actions that may be taken before, during, and after an incident in order to reduce the impact on property and loss of life, and it encourages every house of worship to develop an EOP.
One of the best ways to increase a person’s likelihood of survival when severely injured during active assailant incident is to quickly stop severe bleeding. Coworkers can provide initial life-saving measures. The Stop the Bleed® site provides resources on how to organize an in-person training, life-saving strategies and posters, instructional videos, and aid kits to place in common areas.
Training video and web-based training course created because life-threatening emergencies can happen fast, and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. These injuries can require immediate action to prevent an injured person from dying, so those nearest to someone are best positioned to provide first care.