At a recent training session for church leaders on how to deal with a mass gunman at a place of worship, experts at the Carroll County’s Sheriff’s Office in Maryland offered these tips:
• Organize a volunteer security team among parishioners. Ideally, the team would include people with a variety of experience in law enforcement, military, logistics and medical backgrounds to help come up with a safety and security plan.
• Install a security camera system.
• Give ushers radios and have them serve as watchdogs outside the church before services start.
• In older facilities, check that cellphones work in basements. Many older churches with stone walls don’t get good reception. Obtain amplifiers or other equipment to help make sure there are no dead zones for when emergency responders are trying to