A Safety Plan
The sad events that occurred in Sutherland Springs on Sunday, November 5 are shocking and deeply concerning to many, including me. Many of you have contacted me recently with a very good question, “What does St. Laurence have in the way of a security plan?”
Some time ago, in the wake of the horrible shootings in Las Vegas, we began thinking about a safety plan for the Parish. The events of Sunday November 5 have necessitated that we accelerate the development of our plan. While it is still being developed, please know that our safety plan will include three different teams within the Parish to respond in crisis situations:
- A Security Team: Church members who are law-enforcement or security professionals, trained in de-escalation, and understand our procedures for how to respond in a crisis situation
- A Medical Response Team: Church members who are medical professionals, trained in First Aid and emergency medical situations, and understand our procedures for how to respond in a medical situation
- Usher & Golf Cart Teams: Church members who serve as ushers and golf cart drivers, trained in recognition and prevention, and understand how to respond in a developing situation
As we develop this plan, not only have we been in touch with the City of Southlake, but we are also receiving the guidance of Wendell Mitchell, Church member and Assistant Police Chief in Flower Mound, Texas. He has extensive training in this field and he has offered to help as we develop a cohesive strategy on how we might respond to a crisis situation.
It is a huge priority for all of the Parish’s leadership that St. Laurence continues to be the safe and loving environment that it has always been. We are blessed to have so many with the necessary expertise in our Church Family who can help make this safety plan a reality.
In the near future we will be hosting a forum, open to the entire Parish Family, about the fully developed safety plan. Be on the lookout for a date and time in the bulletin. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. My door is always open.
Fr. John Jordan