HLS 494 Practicum/Capstone Project

Date of Award

4-2018

Document Type

Open Practicum Paper

Degree Name

Homeland Security, BS

College

School of Management

Department

Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Keywords

emergency action plan, church, fire, active shooter, lockdown, evacuation

Abstract

Fires, lockdowns, and active shooters are all too common in today’s world. In June 2017, a house in Waterbury Connecticut caught on fire while service was being held in the church adjacent to it (Stewart, 2017). In March 2018, a church in Mississippi was placed on lockdown while law enforcement officials used the grounds as a staging area during an active investigation (WAPT News, 2018). And in November 2017, a gunman opened fire inside First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Twenty-six people lost their lives, and many more were gravely wounded in the deadliest mass shooting in an American place of worship in modern history (KY3, 2017). It has become abundantly clear that churches are not immune to tragedy and violence. In order to protect those who spend their time there, Living Water needs to become resilient against fires, lockdowns, and active shooters. An Emergency Action Plan, “a written document used to facilitate and organize actions during various emergency situations” (United States Department of Labor, n.d.) can be implemented to help Living Water Church become more resilient than they are now, ready and capable to mitigate disasters that might otherwise be catastrophic. Living Water Church’s highest aim is to, “see the hurting find hope and peace, the lost find purpose and direction, the struggling to find encouragement and passion, to see those who don't like church actually enjoying church, and for those not yet following Jesus to find forgiveness and freedom in His name” (Living Water Church, n.d.). Implementing this EAP will allow the church to become an even better and safer source of hope, peace, purpose, direction, encouragement, passion, enjoyment, and freedom in the town of Lewisville and beyond.

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