On Thursday, October 1, 2015, another school campus went into lockdown because of an active shooter emergency where nine students and faculty members were killed and approximately 10 more were injured (at the time this article was written).
According to Everytown.org, a movement to end gun violence and build safer communities, there have been 45 school shootings in 2015, including the shooting at Umpqua Community College. That’s more than one shooting a week for one school year.
When faced with numbers and tragedies like these, it’s easy to feel helpless and that there is nothing we can do. The damage is already done. But there is something schools, churches, and facilities can do to protect and prevent the loss of life in an emergency situation: create an emergency plan.
How many schools, churches and organizations are prepared to respond to an emergency situation?
No one can prevent emergencies from happening, but creating and practicing an emergency plan helps minimize the amount of loss when an emergency takes place. The power of an emergency plan is that it is customized to fit the needs of your organization or ministry. It should ensure not only staff, but also students and members are educated and trained on how to follow the plan in the event of an emergency. Because of the rise in active shooter incidents on church grounds and school campuses, organizations should consider conducting active shooter drills as often as fire and tornado drills.  It is vital that your emergency plan include a section on responding to acts of violence. 
California Church Insurance Services, Inc. has several resources and links to help schools, houses of worship, and organizations customize their own emergency plan. Find these and other risk management resources here.
Let’s work together to become well-prepared for any emergency situation and prevent as much loss as possible. Contact us for your church, school, mosque, temple or nonprofit insurance needs at 800-767-8681.
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