Places-of-Worship Emergency Preparedness
Normally, places of worship are safe.Tragically, ‘normal’ can change as the 26 July 2016 attack on Normandy, St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, France and the 19 June 2017 London Finsbury Park attack show.
In both instances the Home Office reacted swiftly
The UK Gov Security Funding Scheme has now passed (29May17) and an outcome statement is expected in August. Future funding may become available.
While certainly a step in the right direction, sadly this was limited to securing property only. Coming from (hate) crime prevention thinking, this is not surprising. Will CCTV cameras and better locks really prevent more tragedies? Crime is not terrorism and terrorism is not crime. While there are paralells, a more robust approach is to look at what counter terrorism experts advise.
"Do you have nominated evacuation / invacuation marshals?" Q4 apprix H on Evacuation, Places of Worship guidance (2009)
"Crisis Response Kit checklist" p 156, Crowded Places guidance (2017)
Preparedness beyond Health and Safety / Security
safe evacuation - secure lockdown
Based on NaCTSO recommendation and following customer enquiries, we have specifically designed a so called 'Grab Bag for Places of Worship'.
Like all our Emergency Kits, this standard kit is customisable should you so wish. Simply contact us with your particular requirements. The other featured emergency kits may also be of interest in this context. Please use the top navigation to browse the full catalogue and also visit bespoke emergency kits. Feel free to contact us with any of your enquiries. Our friendly and knowledgable team is always happy to help.
Also of interest: EVAQ8 Resilience Blog