Policies for Responding to Active Shooter?


Our church is currently looking to put together a plan on how to respond and react if an active shooter were to ever enter the premises and/or a meeting. Does anyone happen to have any sample policies or articles on this topic? Whatever you can share would be much appreciated.


Pastor Dave

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Our policy with respect to an active shooter is quite simple: we pray for his/her soul as we await eternity with Christ..

Okay, we don't have that policy but it would be appropriate.

A growing number of churches have metal detectors. Everyone passes through them upon entering the church building. . . before one gains access to the  sanctuary, church school, or church offices. When the alarm goes off, its connected to 911.


Earlier in the year, I started getting a daily email from the group called Faithbased-ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Organization) you can find them one line at faithbased-isao.org.  Most of their resources are free and I have found them to be generally helpful. 

In April they held a webinar on the topic of Active Shooter that I attended.  In my estimation, it was well done.  If they offer it again, I would recommend investing the hour. 

Another resource they provide is a booklet called "Safe Worship Training to Safeguard Places of Worship".  International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES.org) produced the booklet so there is a one-page "commercial" for them at the beginning (p. 4), other than that it has a good outline, is packed with information, and has a list of resources at the end that could also be helpful. You can find the booklet here on the Faithbased-ISAO site.

Here is a resource page from the US Department of Homeland Security that you may find helpful: