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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Active shooter resources available

    November 12, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    In light of recent events like the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, it is becoming important to know how to prevent and respond to active shooter incidents. The Upper New York Conference insurance provider, Church Mutual, recommends several resources that churches can use to learn how to prevent and respond to such incidents.

    Here are some of Church Mutual’s recommendations:

    • ALICE

    ALICE is the acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. Church Mutual has partnered with ALICE, which provides several videos and webinars to help you in the face of violence. Click here for more information.

    • Firestorm

    Church Mutual has partnered with Firestorm, whose mission is to “Predict. Plan. Perform” when crises take place. Firestorm has helpful handouts and webinars. Click here for more information.

    • Armed Intruder Resource Kit

    Church Mutual along with Firestorm and the ALICE Training Institute. have come together to bring you an informative webinar series and an Armed Intruder Resource Kit. Click here for more information.

    • FEMA Faith Resources

    Across the United States, Americans congregate in faith-based venues to worship, learn, play, and bond as a community. However, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reminds people that public gatherings are vulnerable, and adversaries may perceive houses of worship as attractive targets where they can inflict mass casualties, cause substantial psychological impacts, and draw extensive media coverage. FEMA provides resources, webinars and trainings to houses of worship. Click here for FEMA resources.

    In addition to resources specific to active shooter incidents, Church Mutual also has several resources on other safety concerns. Click here for the plethora of free resources available to you.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."