Facets of Faith: Emergency planning for churches and a new app

Churches face many types of emergencies, including severe weather, fire and crime.

In the past few years, many Louisiana congregations have developed emergency plans as they have faced problems. Is the preparation enough?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released a manual to help religious groups decide just that.

“Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship” can be found at whitehouse.gov. Search for “house of worship eops.”

The 38-page booklet helps congregations identify possible threats and develop actions that can be implemented if necessary.

It starts with developing a team to create the plan, suggests areas to consider, information to gather, and then details how to implement the plan.

In addition to basics on most emergency situations, the booklet includes several pages dealing specifically with a shooter.

There’s an app

If you enjoy listening to religious programs, consider downloading the multimedia TWR360 app.

Users can listen through the app or download the programs. Many also offer other downloadable content, including transcripts.

The app moves easily between several languages including Arabic, English, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

The company plans to add more languages.

It also allows easy searching by ministry program, sponsoring organization name, topics, or what Bible book the program is using.

Several dozen ministries are available through the app including Thru the Bible by J.Vernon McGee, Radical by pastor and author David Platt, Reaching Your World by Luis Palau, The Alternative by Tony Evans and TWR’s Women of Hope.

Find the free app at twr360.org or at the Google Play and Apple App stores.