What guidelines or lock down procedures should a church follow when there's a threat of violence?


Does anyone have a "lock down" procedure in place for their church to use in case of a threat of violence? 

We do not have an intercom system but we do have a Bell/Buzzer that is audible throughout the building and located inside the office we plan to use as both a warning signal and an all clear signal depending on the number and length of rings.

During our weekday programs there is always someone in the office who could signal the lock down, but what do you do on Sunday morning when all the adults are in the sanctuary?


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Here's a start on "Critical Lockdown Procedures" from Children's Ministry. Lock down procedures will vary depending on whether it is an outside threat or an inside threat.  I wonder how many churches have lockable rooms where people could go if there was an inside threat. Something to think about but a problem on other levels (kids locking others out, etc.). It certainly makes sense to have a procedure also for getting the doors locked asap if there is an outside threat. I'm wondering how many churches have an intercom system throughout the building that could announce a lockdown (or a small church with a bullhorn).  If they have an intercom system, do they have a procedure ready to go if something happens? Some churches have actually had an outside or inside intruder.  Are you thinking it will never happen to your church?