by Scott Tibbetts
Program Manager, U.S. Disaster Response
United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR)

The safety and security of the church and those present has unfortunately become something we have to be more cognizant of and include in our preparedness, readiness and response plans. Part of this includes being able to collaborate with our government partners before, during, and after an incident. The DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships provides many resources and information in support of our local relationships. Below is an opportunity to participate in a webinar that will share information and resources at the federal level. I’m sure it will be valuable.

Also included below, information about a mobile app that will assist in evaluation and hazard plan development for houses of worship in coordination with local law enforcement.

I’d like to encourage your participation in the webinar and take a look at the app. Please let me know if you have questions, or I can support you in any way, Scott Tibbetts, stibbetts@umcor.org.

DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
Protect Your Organization – Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe
Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

Free Mobile App to Help Develop Your Safety and Security Plan
Department of Justice National Institute Justice (in partnership with DHS and subject matter experts from the faith community and law enforcement) have created a free mobile app that will help local law enforcement work with leaders of houses of worship to evaluate their facilities and create plans for preventing attacks and prepare for other catastrophic events. To access this FREE app, public safety officials, faith leaders and community influencers can visit: https://www.justnet.org/resources/Houses_of_Worship.html

The webpage provides information on obtaining an access code and instructions for downloading the Safeguarding Houses of Worship App.  Staff from a house of worship wishing to access the app should contact their local law enforcement agency, and have the agency request the app.  For any questions relating to getting or using the Safeguarding Houses of Worship App, please contact asknlectc@justnet.org.

DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships
The DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships was created in 2006 by an executive order to help emergency managers effectively engage with faith and community-based groups. The DHS Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships, the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).





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