April 13, 2017

Church Security & Emergency Response

At Task Force 1, Inc. we understand the need to keep your church or place of worship safe. We have the following classes that will help to manage security and other emergency situations that might occur in a church setting. If you are interesting in any of these classes, please use our contact form at the bottom of page or give us a call at 570-499-5895 today!

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Intro Church Security Team Leadership

Does your church have a church security team? Have you tried to get one up and running but struggle to maintain it. We can help. Maybe the weak link is in the team’s leadership. Team members need clear direction. They need to know their roles, expectations and need to be held accountable. The target audience for this program is new church security team leaders or those expected to act in a leadership role. Topics include defining the team’s purpose, risk and threat assessments, developing a security plan, team structure, member selection and role descriptions and problem solving. The class will conclude with breakout group exercises,
table top or simulations exercises.

Program length: 1 or 2 days

Incident Command System: Managing Emergencies and Planned Events

The incident command system is widely used in the emergency services community. Born out the of need to manage large scale events like the wildfires on the west coast, it has evolved into the standard practice to manage emergencies. Following the horrific attacks of 9.11.2001, the federal government took this practice a step forward now called NIMS (National Incident Management System) requiring all federal, state and local government entities to comply. Why would a church use this? Because a church can have an emergency and you will surely interface with local emergency services. Without structure chaos will insure.

However, there is a secondary and more frequent use this: a planned event. ICS can be used to document the planning for a large event at your church such as a revival meeting, concert or even a 4th of July celebration! Participants will learn how to plan and manage a large-scale event using ICS! Once you use this your leadership will wonder how they did without it!

Program length: 1 or 2 days

Managing Risks at A Church

Risk management is the process of protecting the tangible and intangible assets of your church or ministry. Tangible assets are physical properties, such as cash are always targets. The need to take steps to prevent problems before they happen—the very essence of risk management. Developing a risk management plan can be viewed as a daunting task but it does not have to be. Focusing initially on risk control measures in one area, you’ll be able to build on that success in other areas of the church. Predictable is preventable. By identifying possible risks and considering “worst case scenarios” you can develop strategies to develop a comprehensive risk management plan this is all-encompassing for your church.
Program length: 1 or 2 days

Preparing for An Active Shooter/Mass Violence Incident

We have reached a time and place within our society where the question has become WHEN the next incident occurs. No church, regardless of size, is immune to this sort of violence. The audience for this program includes all church leaders and others who will have to deal with an event of this nature.
Some of the topics include:
• Review of a Mass Casualty Incident/Active Shooter or Mass Violence Incidents at churches
• Analyzing the risks and vulnerabilities at your church
• What your church can do to prepare
• How to stop the dying
• Roundtable discussion

Program length: 1 or 2 days

Developing A Church Safety Team

A church safety team can take on many complexions. There is a wide array of topic that come under the umbrella of church safety. This includes threats, hazards, and protective actions, emergency response procedures, evacuations, use of communications equipment and understanding procedures, use of emergency equipment, shutdown procedure for utilities, child protection procedures, response to medical or mental health emergencies. While many of these individual training components can be presented in a comprehensive and logical sequence for team members, it is critical that the team leadership shows strong leadership skills to develop, equip and train the team

Program length: 1-2 days

Vulnerability Assessment: Where Do We Start?

Your church leadership need to know where they are at vulnerable. Most often this topic is never discussed. Sometimes the assumption is that everything is fine. After all, we’re a church. Who or what can harm us?

The reality is that the church has been and will continue to be a target. Representing the good, a safe-haven a place where the broken come for help make us ripe for all sorts of exposures.

In this program we will demonstrate how to determine what your most valuable assets are and look at different events that could create loss and at the same time consider the impact of those events on your church. The goal of the vulnerability assessment is to look at options available to reduce the probability of the events from occurring. Some option are “easy fixes” will other may be costly and time consuming. Finding of the vulnerability assessment must be shared with church leadership to determine what improvements, policies and procedures can be changed to reduce the vulnerability.

In this program, a series of case studies will be reviewed as well as breakout and small group exercises to allow participant to gain a better understand if the process.

Program length: 1-2 days

Social Media Tools For Emergency Incidents and Planned Events

We cannot escape social media. Everything that happens is on the web is there in a matter of minutes. While often misused, the use of social media during an incident can prove to be very valuable to your organization. When an emergency incident occurs, social media can affect the emergency response. This program will delve into the use of social media during and after an incident. Information is power. Your organization needs to harness that power to convey life-saving information or to insure your message gets out in a effective and timely manner.

Program length:  2 day program

Understanding Unified Command for All Hazard Incidents

This program is focuses on incident management skills and decision making in a unified command organization. learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to operate effectively in an expanding complex all hazard incidents. Student will be exposed to the inner workings of an Incident Command Post. Since an all hazard incident suggests something bad is happening someplace and we will need a lot or resources from different agencies to fix it goes to the core of the training.

Emergency responders, public sector partners and even the location or business affected all have a vested interest in resolving the program. Without a framework to follow, chaos will ensue.

A wide array of topics will be covered including:

  • Incident Command System for Dummies: What you need to know.
  • Staying ahead of the incident
  • Resource allocation: Do we have enough stuff?
  • Managing the information
  • In the trenches: How does the Incident Command Post work under unified command

The program includes a didactic presentation, many small group exercises, case study reviews and in classroom simulations exercises.

Program Length: 3 days