The first place you need to get started is your mindset. It’s an awareness level. Every member of your staff and support teams has to have the awareness level that an emergency operations plan is needed. Until you have everyone with this mindset of why it’s needed you don’t really have proper planning. Proper policies and procedures don’t do much good until people are aware of why they need to follow them.
The second thing needed is a sense of urgency. You have to start planning. Something could happen – a medical event, a natural disaster, a negative event. We are notorious for wanting to start committees and have chairmen. But we don’t have the luxury of dragging out the process. Utilize the people you have and get started. You might not have a complete emergency plan done within a few months, but you need to get key elements in place now.
The third thing needed is planning. You need to understand what could happen to your church campus. You have to have emergency operating plans, standard operating procedures, and policy procedures that cover any hazards that are likely to happen on your church campus.
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