Saturday, July 11, 2020

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As French law enforcement confront the gunman who took the lives of children and a rabbi in a Jewish school this past week, it was a reminder to all secular and religious communities alike that our schools remain "soft targets" for those who are aligned with Jihadist ideology and violent extremism. Initial reports did not confirm the motives or affiliations, but upon further review, al-Qaeda networks were apparently involved.

 

Over the past year, we have seen a striking increase in the use of social media during emergency response. The emergency management community is abuzz with ways to harness this next phase of communications during a disaster. Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook enable users to share status updates letting their networks know they are ok following a disaster.

But now, things are progressing and everyone is seemingly taking a more active role in engaging social media during a disaster.

This article from TIME magazine, explains that Facebook is piloting a program that will send you a message in your news feed to remind you to check in following a disaster. If you want to read more about social media and emergency management, do a quick perusal of the 58,000,000 results returned in my search this morning on the topic.

In an all too common news report these days we learned five students were shot and three killed in an apparent gun incident in Chardon, OH this week.

CEN calls on the Christian community to pray for Christians, churches, and first responders in Chardon, OH today, including their Governor who himself asked for prayer for the whole state and to pray for its own biblical readiness.

Chardon HS, unlike churches seldom with emergency plans in place, had physically and functionally practiced drills for these types of incidents. Most students, in fact, thought this was just another drill until they heard gunshots and screams. During practice drills they had been instructed to go to the nearest classroom, shut off the lights, lock the door and not use their cell phones only for text messaging to ask for help, which they did during this real incident. Students had practiced what they should do to get to a room of safety, protect from intrusion, and then to work with local first responders by not interfering with communications. They had learned that talking on the cell phones would interfere with efforts for their own safety. These students complied and may have saved lives by responding according to the school emergency operations plan. Everyone appeared to follow instructions including the parents when picking up their kids from school, they followed the sheriff in terms of orderly going in and out of the crime scene. 

During the Christmas season, packages left at the door or sent through the mail may be compromised in terms of security. Thanks to the assistance of the Secure Community Network the following suggestions are wise to heed:

 

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