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National Association of Church Business Administration Presenter: Rev. David L. Myers & Marcus Coleman July 17, 2014 Building a Faithful Network – Developing Emergency Operations Plan for Houses of Worship
2 Overview of Today’s Session Introduction to the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships Project Overview A Word on Personal Preparedness Active Shooter: A Preview of What to Do Our next three months Questions
3 About the DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships One of 14 Centers in the federal government serving as a bridge between government and the faith- based/non-profit community Director serves as Senior Advisor to the FEMA Administrator What We Do: Build bridges and promote long lasting relationships in: emergency management; combating human trafficking; supporting the DHS Mission
4 About FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison Voluntary Agency Liaisons build relationship s among Federal, State, and tribal government s and voluntary, faith-based and community organizations by: Sharing information Helping promote coordination; and Providing best-practices and lessons learned
Partnering with the Whole Community
6 What We Know… In America there are more than 250,000 houses of worship that… Are often sought after by disaster survivors as places of refuge in times of disaster and crisis Can be great assets for emergency response and recovery operations Represent diverse theologies, values and beliefs, but have a common interest to meet the needs of disaster survivors
Religious Diversity in the United States
Whom Do Individuals Expect to Rely On? Emergency managers should work with neighborhood associations to provide training and tools that would support neighbor- helping neighbor. Source: FEMA (2013.) Preparedness in America: Research Insights to Increase Individual, Organizations, and Community Action
Sandy Hook Tragedy Above: A banner from students of Newtown, Connecticut to the students of Moore, Oklahoma still hangs in Moore City Hall in support of their recovery continue from an EF-5 tornado in May 2012 (Photo by Veronica Hinke) Right: President Obama speaks to Robbie Parker, father of Emilie Parker (Photo by Emilie Parker Fund)
10 Project Background January President Obama launched “Now Is the Time” initiative to reduce gun violence. June 2013 – DHS/FEMA released emergency operations planning guidance for houses of worship July 2013 – DHS/FEMA hosted webinar walking through the guide Present – Working (via contract) with John Hopkins PACER center to continue technical assistance
11 What we’d like to see… In collaboration with their local government, VOAD and community partners, houses of worship: This guide will assist congregational teams in developing and revising Emergency Operations Plans (EOPs). Creating emergency operations plans Assessing their potential role in an emergency
12 The Planning Process Is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate a house of worship’s unique characteristics and situation. May involves collaboration with community partners-local emergency management staff, first responders, nongovernmental partners (e.g. American Red Cross) and public and mental health officials-during the planning process.
Visual 3.13 Emergency Operations Planning
14 What we’ve learned… Faith-based organizations have responded positively to the guide and have promoted it extensively Localities across the country are eager to engage with the faith community and see the concepts shared in the guide as a way to start/continue the conversation While comprehensive the guide is burdensome for many faith-based leaders
15 What the VOAD movement has shared “Getting the local [House of Worship] to be unafraid of government and encourage partnership with the government in advance” “De-escalation” is an important element of the conversation “Smaller scale issues seem to be more important because it’s what they [local faith leaders] deal with whereas large scale events just don’t happen often enough to encourage people to engage” “Make sure they are getting something out of it. How does it: a. help them prepare b. make things easier/more straightforward for them.” “In areas where there have not been any disasters, people start to focus on other, more immediately pressing things and lose track of preparedness activities.”
Visual 4.16 A tale of two faith-leaders in Washington, IL… First Baptist Church Pastor Joshua Monda who is helping some of his parishioners with cleanup in areas impacted by the recent tornadoes. Bethany Community Church Associate Pastor Ben Davidson, shows supplies that have been donated to help local residents impacted by the recent tornadoes.
A QUICK WORD ON PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS Section 2: Visual 4.17
What is preparedness?
Activity #1: Personal Preparedness Check Visual 4.19
What is your role and responsibility for your families emergency plan? What are the goals of your families emergency plan? What are important documents and valuables to include in your kit? How can these concepts be used in your House of Worship? Additional Questions for Activity #1
Perceived Barriers to Preparedness (2011) Preparedness messages and outreach strategies should be developed to counter or re-frame these perceived barriers. Source: FEMA (2013.) Preparedness in America: Research Insights to Increase Individual, Organizations, and Community Action
State and local preparedness campaigns rewxcal.shtml rewxcal.shtml National Preparedness Community (Faith-based Community of Practice) America’s Prepareathon! The Campaigns
Visual 4.23 Making Preparedness Conversations Simple Simple Activities for Everyone Includes: Interactive Web-based Course Program Leader Guide Facilitator Guide Handouts Available for download in both English and Spanish Access the training and materials at:
(Some) Materials Spoiler Alert: The Best Materials Are Localized Materials!
Visual Call: 1 (800) BE-READY ( ), Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Eastern Standard Time (EST) Fax: 1 (240) Mail: FEMA Distribution Center, 4440 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD Delivery Time Allow 4 to 6 weeks for free shipping. If you require items earlier, orders can be expedited at your expense Ordering Free Federal Materials
(Some) Partners Best Federal Government Partner: FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison Example of a Network to Help Provide Support: State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster This Room! Some national partners that have some form of local, state or regional presence:
ACTIVE SHOOTER: A PREVIEW OF WHAT TO DO Section 3 Visual 4.27
28 Revisiting The Planning Process Is flexible and can be adapted to accommodate a house of worship’s unique characteristics and situation. May involves collaboration with community partners-local emergency management staff, first responders, nongovernmental partners (e.g. American Red Cross) and public and mental health officials-during the planning process.
Visual 3.29 Emergency Operations Planning
Some considerations… You will play how you practice “There is no single answer for what to do…” “The planning process is not complete until you plans are share with first responders” Plan for the needs of ALL people “Law enforcements first priority must be to locate and stop the person or persons believed to be the shooter; all other actions are secondary” Visual 3.30
A Conversation on Goals and Objectives In your emergency operations plan goals can be: Hazard-based (Fires, Floods, Funnels) Functionally based (Evacuation, Lock Down, Shelter in Place, etc)
Activity #2: Active Shooter Video Visual 4.32
Run, Hide, Fight Video Visual 3.33 The YouTube version of the video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mzI_5aj 4Vs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mzI_5aj 4Vs You can download the video at:
WHAT’S NEXT & HOW YOU CAN STAY CONNECTED Section 4 Visual 3.34
35 Over the next 3 months we will be… Developing supplemental curriculum and resources Delivering 6 technical assistance workshops: Philadelphia, PA (August 11 th & 12th) Kansas City, MO (August 25 th ) Seattle, WA (September 16 th ) Los Angeles, CA (September 18 th ) Houston, TX (September 23 rd ) Washington, DC (September 30 th ) Walking 5 houses of worship through the emergency operations planning process
36 Technical Assistance Workshops Primary target audience: Faith-based leaders from small to mid-size (1 – 2,499) and large (2,500+) houses of worship Secondary audience: Government employees interested in engagement of faith-based community Workshop goals: Completion/identification of three steps of emergency operations planning process Connection of local faith-based leaders to local emergency preparedness community Encourage establishing networks of faith-based organizations with EOP
Additional tools and resources for your church On-line Courses: IS-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship IS Active Shooter: What You Can Do IS-909: Community Preparedness: Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams Documents: Guide for Developing High Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship, K-12 Schools and Institutions of Higher Learning Example of a great state tool: Georgia’s Praise & Preparedness tools! On the Way: Templates Facility Assessment Guide Scenario based discussion resources and much more! Visual 4.37
38 3 next steps we can take together… Share your emergency operations plan resources/training opportunities Get the word out to your networks in the six cities listed of the opportunity Join the the Faith-based Community of Practice on http//:community.fema.gov
Visual 4.39 Marcus Coleman DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships A Center for the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Office: Cell: and Follow FEMA @PreparAthon Let’s Stay in contact!