Safety and Security Committee

February

Update

        In 2019 your session formed a committee to assess and improve the safety and security of members and visitors, as well as protect our church building and its contents. Session considered making Safety & Security part of the
Property Committee since many of the actions are related to improving he security and safety of our building/property. Improvements in security for people will also require building/property projects. However, the additional workload on an already very busy property committee would be too much. Session also wanted representation from another committee. Safety and Security has four members representing Property as well as members representing Worship, Discipleship, Stewardship, PW and Personnel (Office staff). The members are Betsey Bopp, Denise Haralson, Dave Hykes, Elva Hullihen, John Oskin, Geoff Rach, Bob Smith and Kim Stevenson….please let one of us know if you are interested in joining! Safety & Security objectives include: Work with other committees, other churches, police, fire department and others to identify and resolve major safety, security and health risks. Including risks that may impact people or that may impact our building and other church property.


Plans for 2020 include:
1. Complete the first major risks and prioritize the risks.
2. CPR training Saturday January 25 th 9:00 a.m. – noon at PT high school. CRASE (Active Shooter) training provided by PT police in the sanctuary on Tuesday, February 18 th 7:00 p.m. until approximately 8:30 depending on questions and discussion.
3. Finish obtaining proposals from three companies and select a company to add improved access controls: some self- locking exterior doors with restricted
access (key card or keypad combination lock) and cameras for better control
over who can enter the building. There will be other items needed to provide
better protection for our staff, congregants and visitors as well as better protection for our building and its contents.
4. We will work to improve safety and security while recognizing that we are in a low crime area and we must spend wisely.
5. Unfortunately, access controls and monitoring devices are expensive. Using
costs provided by other churches and preliminary estimates from three security companies, we estimate it will cost approximately $11,000 to implement reasonably good solutions.

PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FUND TO HELP PAY FOR THE NEEDED IMPROVEMENTS IN OUR SAFETY AND SECURITY AND TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR OTHER MAJOR BUILDING IMPROVEMENTS AND
REPAIRS.


In Christ,
Your Safety & Security Committee