This free template is meant to guide houses of worship to self-evaluate susceptibility to an Active Shooter event, reduce total risk exposure by identifying potential security lapses, and encourage the creation of an emergency response plan. This assessment is a tool created by a Good Samaritan and no liability is accepted. Contact your local law enforcement as a free resource. Depending on circumstances, other possible resources include your insurance carrier, insurance broker, ANSI, ASSP, the standard TR-Z590.5-2019, or a national consultant such as T4Tactics.

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Date of Assessment

Does your house of worship have a Threat Assessment Team?

Has any training been conducted? (i.e. ALICE, Run/Hide/Fight, or other Emergency Response training)

Has local law enforcement been invited to walk the facility or provide free training?

Are there any building security features to slow or stop the movement of an intruder once inside?

Has a facility walk through or security audit been performed by a qualified person? (Sources could include law enforcement, insurance-related loss control, or violence prevention specialists.)

Is there an evacuation plan for all events that take place? (i.e. small study groups, childcare, large Holiday services, etc.)

Is there a communication procedure in place for alerting law enforcement, broadcasting alerts internally, and warning the community?

Do you have insurance coverage for the actions of anyone who could be considered an “agent of the church”? (i.e. security personnel, staff, or designated concealed carry volunteers.)

*When writing your emergency response plan, do not direct the use of force unless proper training, licensing, and insurance have been obtained by all involved parties.

Are there plans in place for responding to a suspicious package, an individual displaying odd/threatening behavior, or a threat deemed credible by the threat assessment team?

Does this location have additional risk factors? (i.e. domestic, political, or historic.)

Have you been the focus of any media attention?

Are there other branches, circuits, synods, diocese, chapters, or religious affiliations that would benefit from completing this evaluation? Think of your neighbors, family, and friends, and let’s keep our community safe.

Resources to help address these issues include:

Local law enforcement
Insurance broker
Insurance carrier
Safety consultants

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.