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Emergency Response Planning

How Congregations Can Respond to the Most Common Emergency Situations

All Congregations in the Diocese should be prepared for medical, environmental and behavioral

• Medical emergencies (heart attacks, strokes, falls, allergic reactions etc.)

• Environmental emergencies (tornado or other severe weather, loss of power,
property damage etc.)

• Behavioral emergencies (threats or criminal acts, emotionally disturbed persons,
disruptive behavior etc.)

To lessen the impact from these emergencies, all congregations need to develop a cost-effective
Emergency Response Plan (ERP) meeting their desired level of safety and security. An ERP is designed to
increase the reaction time to a crisis and decrease recovery time in returning to normal activities. The
ERP when shared with parishioners will display care for their welfare and assist in their ability to react
during a crisis. Congregations may have members with emergency response experience who can assist in
the development of a plan. Resources from local police and fire departments or offices of emergency
management can also provide guidance or support.

A comprehensive Emergency Planning, Response and Recovery Guide to assist in the ERP process can be found here.