Congregational Safety 2 2012-10-25


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  • Welcome to all; won’t go around at the moment; too many folks out there;I am DE of HL; lifelong UU; minister for 20 years; serving my 6thyear in HL as DE (two stints)With this many people – won’t be able to stop for comments, or have 70 people ask questions; so – post questions on the chat portion of SlideShare; can stay on for a bit of time after the “official call” or can email me with questions after the fact. Overwhelmed by the numbers; if get through the “prepared” material, will open it up to questions/conversations
  • Recorded webinar – will end up archiving on web for future reference; can use whenever you want; on demand
  • Take Courage Friends: - Wayne Arnason
  • Awareness: take into account email, mail and phone threats/disturbing items; notify local police—may know the person; think about having someone monitoring parkingShooting in Knoxville: story about the metal detectors – before or after the greeters tableAdd in the possibility of drifters/homeless connection with community police and having someone sitting in car (joan van b story)
  • Congregational Safety 2 2012-10-25

    1. 1. Webinar on Congregational Safety will begin soon!
    2. 2. MidAmerica Webinar Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley District Executive, Heartland
    3. 3. Central MidWest, Heartland and Prairie Star Districts
    4. 4. Welcome!  Welcome Introductions Technical Issues
    5. 5. MidAmerica Webinar Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley District Executive, Heartland
    6. 6. Chalice Lighting 
    7. 7. Safety: Why?   People come to us for a variety of reasons  Yet underlying it all is an expectation that we will provide communities where their safety is foremost in our mind  Safety first. Three areas of focus:  People  Places  Things  Two modifiers: Natural and Human Created
    8. 8. Matrix View   For any event, ask what are the impacts on people, places, and things, both initially and as a result  Examples:  A storm: A tree falls on the building, creating a hole in the roof, and people rushing to help fall because the floors get slippery, and the leaks destroy the computer system with all the congregation‘s information inside  Medical issue for a member may traumatize members, and there may be no indication of family/friends who have power to act
    9. 9. Best Thing: Be Prepared!   Create policies and procedures that reflect all three levels  Share information with renters  Resources:       UUA Website, District/Regional Staff Church Mutual Insurance Company Local Community Policing Officers Federal Government: Local resources in disaster preparedness Your own insurance company
    10. 10. People: Medical   Train key leaders in first aid annually  Obtain AED and train people annually  Maintain a full first aid kit, with signs as to location  Include diabetes glucose tablets, etc.  Post congregation‗s address in prominent location  Have phone available for 911 calls  Compile list of medical personnel in congregation  Brief leaders on location of first aid materials  Maintain Emergency Contact Files
    11. 11. People: Safety Guidelines   Child and vulnerable adults  Policies and procedures for Safe Congregations  Sexual offenders  Don‘t presume it doesn‘t happen in your congregation  Policies and procedures: never alone, designated companions  Ask for disclosure—to minister or others  Safeguard member/friend contact information  Travel guidelines:  Guidelines for drivers for trips, chaperones, etc.
    12. 12. People: Stranger Danger   Biggest fear, but relatively rare  Awareness and preparedness first  No one working with children until more than 6 months at congregation  Safeguard member/friend contact information  Create a response plan  Train greeters, ushers, teachers, staff  Point people on duty each week  Be curious about who come in, but not paranoid
    13. 13. People: Hazard Prevention   Property accessible and safe  Prepare for weather: snow, ice, flooding  Playground equipment follows safety guidelines  Proper lighting for night-time security  Buddy system when leaving building after dark  System for repairs and maintenance known by all, including renters, to increase safety  Maintain sufficient insurance coverage to protect congregation
    14. 14. People: Disaster Response   Evacuation and Sheltering In plans  Design evacuation route     Two gathering locations, in case first unsafe Designate people to help with RE and disabled Drills at least once a year Post maps in every room/location  Determine sheltering in locations  Safest places in congregation  Drills at least once a year  Post maps in every room/location
    15. 15.  Building Safety: Places   Look for obvious nuisances – inside and outside  Pay attention to potential copper theft  Fire alarm and/or phone with address and emergency numbers listed  Sprinkler system in kitchen  Fire extinguishers throughout and annual check  If fireplaces, monitor use  Playground safety and cushioning material  Lighting  Address well posted on outside of building
    16. 16. Places   Evacuation and Sheltering In  Create routes and maps, and post  Evacuation and sheltering in drills at least annually  For sheltering in, obtain supplies and check annually for expiry  Partner with your local disaster recovery agency
    17. 17. Things   Data Safety  Offsite Backups  ―Cloud‖ storage  Equipment  Maintain Inventory with full details, offsite  Archives  Offsite Backups  ―Cloud‖ storage, not member attics/basements  Bottom Line: Redundancy!
    18. 18. Role in Community   One thing to ask: what role do you wish to play  Are you a congregation that wants to help members and neighbors:  Do you wish to be a community shelter in emergencies?  Will you train members/neighbors on preparedness?  Can you support workshops on wills and estate matters for families?  Will you keep up your commitments to disaster preparedness?
    19. 19. Final Words   Be Prepared—it can happen here, and does  Create and review your policies  Back up everything  Train your people: first aid, AED, dangers, drills  Redundant systems, offsite, automatic – now readily and easily available  Take care of yourselves!
    20. 20. Resources   UUA Website (  District/Regional Staff  Church Mutual Insurance Company ( isk/page/intro/id/21)  Local Community Policing Officers  Federal Government:  Local resources in disaster preparedness (Google: disaster preparedness churches)  Your own insurance company