Webinar onCongregational Safety  will begin soon!
MidAmerica Webinar    Rev. Dr. Lisa PresleyDistrict Executive, Heartland
Central MidWest, Heartland and Prairie Star Districts
Welcome!                    WelcomeIntroductionsTechnical Issues
MidAmerica Webinar    Rev. Dr. Lisa PresleyDistrict Executive, Heartland
Chalice Lighting       
Safety: Why?                    People come to us for a variety of reasons Yet underlying it all is an expectation that...
Matrix View                   For any event, ask what are the impacts on people,  places, and things, both initially and...
Best Thing: Be Prepared!            Create policies and procedures that reflect all three  levels Share information wit...
People: Medical                 Train key leaders in first aid annually Obtain AED and train people annually Maintain ...
People: Safety Guidelines                            Child and vulnerable adults   Policies and procedures for Safe Con...
People: Stranger Danger                         Biggest fear, but relatively rare Awareness and preparedness first No ...
People: Hazard Prevention                          Property accessible and safe Prepare for weather: snow, ice, floodin...
People: Disaster Response                           Evacuation and Sheltering In plans Design evacuation route     Two...
Places Building Safety:                          Look for obvious nuisances – inside and outside   Pay attention to po...
Places                        Evacuation and Sheltering In   Create routes and maps, and post   Evacuation and shelter...
Things                        Data Safety   Offsite Backups   ―Cloud‖ storage Equipment   Maintain Inventory with fu...
Role in Community               One thing to ask: what role do you wish to play Are you a congregation that wants to he...
Final Words                   Be Prepared—it can happen here, and does Create and review your policies Back up everyth...
Resources                 UUA Website (www.uua.org) District/Regional Staff Church Mutual Insurance Company  (http://w...
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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 throughMidwestuuleadership.org
  • 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)
  • Congregations and Safety

    1. 1. Webinar onCongregational Safety will begin soon!
    2. 2. MidAmerica Webinar Rev. Dr. Lisa PresleyDistrict 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 PresleyDistrict 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: www.ready.gov  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. Places Building Safety:   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 (www.uua.org) District/Regional Staff Church Mutual Insurance Company (http://www.churchmutual.com/index.php/choice/r isk/page/intro/id/21) Local Community Policing Officers Federal Government: www.ready.gov Local resources in disaster preparedness (Google: disaster preparedness churches) Your own insurance company

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