Local pastor and incident manager discuss security after Texas shooting
SAGINAW, Mich - Sunday's church shooting and the increase of active shooter situations has us once again talking about the need for safety plans even in a place of worship.
Critical incident manager Tom Mynsberge says he's seen an uptick in churches, and other places of worship, looking to develop security plans.
Outside of having an evacuation route, he says having key people in place can help reduce chaos.
"Its almost like a movie theater, you know your evacuation route, you look at your exits prior to going in there and that takes care of me but then also you've got to have people within the church that might be delegates such as ushers or somebody that directs you to these openings in a time of crisis because you're going to have a freeze up time and that freeze up time is going to lead to a lot of victims," says Mynsberge.
Mysenberg says one critical thing is remembering that there's usually more than one exit.
"We all have this tendency we go in a main entrance, we see that entrance and if things go bad we head right back to where we went and there's exits all around us and they have to allow that by fire code so know where they are," says Mynsberge.
Churches like Bethlehem Lutheran in Saginaw are always reviewing their security procedures.
"We really haven't had any problems," says Pastor Michael Korte.
But Pastor Michael Korte says it's important to make sure that the church is still a welcoming place, a place where people can come together and feel safe.
"We want all people and God welcome all people to his house here at Bethlehem, we have people, and again our ushers and our elders have been trained to keep an eye out for different things."
Mysenberg says there is no set plan that works for every building or situation but the worst type of plan is no plan.
"Have some type of plan in place and be able to direct whoever is patronizing whatever it might be to a safe spot," says Mysenberge.