Building Security in Congregations

Building Safety and Security in Congregations

Creating security is an ongoing process. Shocking events reported in the media can cause congregations to take immediate action on emergency and security issues, but emergency planning is a long-term process. Regularly updating plans and policies, reviewing safety policies and checklists, as well as keeping the congregation informed and trained, requires consistent attention. Building Safety and Security is not something done well in a hurry.

This section of the Guide contains both a plan for how to create your own building safety and security guidelines and some resources for several categories.

Minimizing Hazards in Your Building

Preparing for Natural Disasters-a list of resources

While congregations work through becoming safer and more secure, please also be aware that FEMA is now a part of the Department of Homeland Security. FEMA has some wonderful resources; however, Sanctuary Congregations should think through any trainings with governmental departments that currently work with ICE, particularly if the resource requires signing up for membership, such as an online workshop or DHS staff learning building-related information about Sanctuary congregations.

Congregational Emergency Planning-a Comprehensive Guide


FEMA: Guide for Developing High- Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

Preventing Violence in Congregations

About the Authors

Kim Sweeney

Kim Sweeney is a UUA-Credentialed Religious Educator and independent consultant who worked for seven years as the Lead for Faith Formation and Safe Congregations on the UUA’s New England Regional staff team. She is the author of Courageous Faith Consulting and is a sought-after presenter and...

UUA Congregational Life Staff Group

The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the...

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