This FEMA guide provides houses of worship with information regarding emergency operations planning for the spectrum of threats and hazards they may face. It discusses actions that may be taken before, during, and after an incident in order to reduce the impact on property and any loss of life and it encourages every house of worship to develop an Emergency Operations Plan.
It is the Georgia Emergency Management Agency's (GEMA) intent that this document will assist you with the development of your facility emergency operations plan. For additional assistance, you can log onto the Praise & Preparedness website (www.praise.ga.gov).
This document is intended as a starting point or template for faith based organizations leadership in developing a site-specific plan for their organization’s property. Every organization will have different needs and should adapt these recommendations to fit the needs of their particular site. The Missouri Office of Homeland Security makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the adequacy, or lack there-of, of this planning template.
Emergencies can occur quickly and without warning, and they can have a devastating impact on affected individuals, businesses, and community facilities. The information presented here is intended to provide guidelines on the development of a comprehensive emergency operations plan for places of worship in response to both common and uncommon hazards the City of Fairfax may face. In some cases, specific courses of action based on a certain type of incident are recommended. The model plan uses some of the best practices and lessons learned from across the Nation to increase overall safety and reduce the potential for further harm.
The City has developed this model in the hope that churches, synagogues, temples, mosques,and other places of worship within the community will take a proactive approach in preparing for an emergency and will make their congregants and visitors’ safety a priority.