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A Word from the Pastor by Rev. T.J. Parlette

A Word from the Pastor by Rev. T.J. Parlette

Our hearts break every time we hear about these random acts of violence.  In the world in which we live, there are steps we should take, no matter where we are, to make ourselves as safe as we can be.  I don’t know that we’ll ever be able to stop these kinds of vicious acts – but there are things we can do without living our lives in fear.

First of all, be aware of the people around you.  If you are at church and you see someone you don’t recognize, introduce yourself and initiate a conversation.  If you have suspicions about the person, report it to the church office.  We want to be welcoming, but we also want people to be safe.

Second, take a moment the next time you are at church to locate the exits in the areas that you tend to frequent.  How would you get out if something happened? Our teachers have been trained on emergency evacuation routes, so if you have a child in Sunday School, they will exit with their class.  Know *your* exit route.

And lastly, our teachers have been trained using the “Run.Hide.Fight” policy.  You may view a training video by doing a google search of Run.Hide.Fight. It is a common sense approach to an active shooter situation.  First – get out.  Call 911 as soon as you can safely do so.  Second – if you can’t get out, Hide. Where is the nearest room with a door that locks? Barricade the door if possible.  Silence your cell phone.  Third – be prepared to fight back if necessary.

I hope you will prepare yourself with these simple suggestions so that you know what you would do in the event of an emergency.