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National Center for Campus Public Safety
 

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

Department of Education (ED), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 2013

The guide provides recommendations in the development of plans not only to respond to an emergency, but also outlines how organizations can plan for preventing, protecting against, mitigating the impact of and recovering from these emergencies. It translates lessons learned from the Administration’s work on national preparedness to the school, IHE, and house of worship contexts, ensuring that these critical assets are benefitting from recent advancements in the emergency planning field. Houses of worship are introduced to a new approach to planning that includes walking through different emergency scenarios to create a course of action for each objective the team is trying to accomplish. The guide emphasizes that successful planning requires all stakeholders be engaged in the planning process from the start – including community partners such as local law enforcement, fire officials, EMS and emergency management staff.

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