Easy Ways to Protect Your Church

 

Whether you run a church or you are a senior member of the congregation, you want to make sure that you have created a safe environment for people to worship. In the event of an emergency situation, you want to make sure that everyone is properly protected. You also need to protect the building and its contents too. Taking all this into account, here are a few easy ways to protect your church.

Identify Trained Professionals

It helps to give you enormous peace of mind to identify people who can help in an emergency situation. For example, do you have any doctors or medical professionals among you? If not, the very least that you will want is a trained first aider. You may also want to identify anyone with a military, police, or security background. Also, people with experience in fire safety or natural disaster response can prove to be life-saving. Once you have identified these people, you need to ask if they are prepared to help in an emergency situation. A lot of the time, they will be more than happy to do this.

Identify Your Entrances and Exits

Just like any other building, you should identify your key entrances and exits. This way, you can get everyone out of the church as quickly as possible in the event of an emergency. Someone will need to take the lead in guiding the congregation towards these ports, so make sure that you have assigned this task out.

Insure Your Church

In the event that a disaster does occur, you need to protect the assets as best you can. Dedicated church insurers can help out significantly here. After all, you want to get everything up and running again at the earliest possible opportunity and ensure that you can get replacements where needed. The loss of a church in a community can be significant, and it is something that you don’t want to risk if you can help it.

Run Emergency Scenarios

Another useful activity can be to run our a serious of emergency scenarios to give you an idea of what you would do in the event of a disaster of some kind. While you can’t simulate the pressure of the real event, you can still get a better idea of your response and how you can improve it. Once you have run something through in a trial capacity a few times, it is then easier to spring into action if you need to.

Get an Expert Opinion

It is also worthwhile inviting a few people from emergency services such as fire marshals, law enforcement, paramedics etc to your church. This way, they can give you their professional advice for anything that can be improved to make the whole environment even safer for your congregation.

Protecting your church is certainly a worthwhile activity in keeping it going strong for years to come. These are just some of the ways that you can achieve this goal.

 

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