Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your House of Worship, Office, or Community Center Safe

DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

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Hazards can be unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of a man made hazard, including active shooter incidents. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. You can access these resources and information to help you have a quality all-hazards plan at (Photo source: Prepareathon

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Department of Homeland Security

Active Shooter Preparedness Resources

DHS maintains an online repository of active shooter products and resources, including outreach materials to better prepare individuals and organizations against a potential active shooter situation. These products include a desk reference guide, a reference poster, and a pocket-size reference card. Issues covered in the active shooter materials include profile of an active shooter, responding to an active shooter, training for active shooter, creating an emergency action plan, and tips for recognizing signs of workplace violence.  In additional to English, we have some resources available in Spanish, Punjabi, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin Chinese.

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Protecting Your Organization - Resources, Partners, and Tips to Help Keep Your Office, House of Worship, or Community Center Safe

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Engaging the FB Community Guide

Promoting Proactive Engagement Between Emergency Managers and Faith Leaders

DHS Center and FEMA National Integration Center released the guide, “Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers”, on June 14, 2018. This guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation.  This was developed through input from State, Local Tribal and Territorial emergency managers, faith-based, community and National VOAD stakeholders.

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:

Safeguarding Houses of Worship Flyer
Learn more about a free mobile app to conduct a site assessment for your house of worship.

Two Free Trainings to Help Your Organizaiton

Unil Help Arrives

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast. Emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately. You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. Learn how you can help by taking time for yourself or by teaching your community life saving skills until help arrives.

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

FEMA Independent Study Course-360: Preparing for Mass Casualty Incidents: A Guide for Schools, Higher Education, and Houses of Worship

This  self-paced online course provides leading practices and resources to assist elementary and secondary schools, institutions of higher education, and houses of worship in developing emergency plans for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from mass casualty incidents.

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DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

 The DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives 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 and Opportunity Initiative, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  

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