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NCJ Number: 252823 Find in a Library
Title: Protection for Prayer - New App Helps Houses of Worship Plan for Safety
Journal: Sheriff & Deputy Magazine  Dated:January-February 2018
Author(s): Becky Lewis
Date Published: February 2018
Page Count: 2
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed); Technical Assistance
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes a new app developed by the federal Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC) to assist houses of worship (HOWs) in assessing their risk factors for safety threats and starting a draft plan that can be expanded and customized to meet the security needs of each HOW.
Abstract: The new app is titled “Safeguarding Houses of Worship” (SHOW) and it is distributed to vetted public safety professionals, who use it as a means of initiating contacts with and safety training for HOWs in their jurisdiction. Agencies may choose to work with HOWs individually or through local workshops/planning meetings in which the need for a safety plan is discussed and the app is suggested as a tool for planning and action. SHOW leads the users through a series of questions and answers, making a floor plan with critical points such as gas and water shutoff valves; taking an inventory of emergency-management skills in the congregation; and implementing recommendations on training for dealing with medical incidents, serious weather situations, and missing children. It also guides users in assessing risks for specific hazards, such as earthquakes, wildfires, and proximity to a potential hazard, such as a dam or nuclear facility. It also provides a glossary of relevant terms, sample forms for handling a bomb threat, and stocking a medical kit.
Main Term(s): Police crime-prevention
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Computer aided instruction; Police community relations programs; Religious programs
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