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Commonly Overlooked Details in Securing Your Ministry

Because the places where we worship are peaceful, sacred spaces, we are prone to feel safe and secure in practicing our faith. It is easy to forget that these places and our activities with our fellow congregants are subject to the same issues as any other place or community. This makes it easy to overlook some common concerns.

If you are putting together a ministry safety plan or looking to improve your current one, make sure you pay attention to all possible details and scenarios. To help you create an in-depth, secure plan, here are a few questions you must consider that are commonly overlooked by churches:

How to Set Up a Safety and Security Ministry

We’ve received lots of questions about how to set up a church Safety and Security Ministry (SSM). An SSM is a new concept for many churches, and in this blog post, we are offering the process we use when consulting with churches. We look forward to your comments below about how you have set up your SSM and any other tips you would like to provide!

At a high level, our method is:

Captiva is Now On the Ariba Network

We are pleased to announce that Captiva has joined the Ariba Network. Powered by SAP, the Ariba Network connects suppliers and buyers of products and services.

Check out our profile on the Ariba Network.

Simple Ways to Improve Ministry Security

Places of worship should be just that—places where people can practice their religion safely. However, with the high number of United States church shootings in 2017, many church officials now face an intimidating task for 2018: improving their ministry security and preparing for disaster.

The possibility of your church being attacked is not easy to come to terms with, but facing this reality is the only way to keep your congregation safe. At Captiva, our emergency preparedness team is made of former first responders and military members who understand the importance of keeping places of worship safe. Here are our tips for improving your ministry’s security:

Hospital Security Guards Shoot and Kill a Knife-Wielding Patient

On January 11, 2018, a patient at the St. Louis-based Barnes-Jewish Hospital emerged from his room wielding two knives. Security guards were dispatched to the scene. After the patient refused to yield the weapons, the guards shot and killed the patient. See the full story at Becker Hospital Review.

Threats can emerge at any time and there is little time to decide what to do. Guards are trained to react, but are the rest of your staff? We offer several media-based training courses from one of the top providers in this field, the Center for Personal Protection and Safety. Check out these products at our online store.

Ice and Snow and Protecting the Flock

The East Coast has been hit with snow and ice yesterday and today. If you are like many of the people along the Atlantic Seaboard, you have probably been watching the news and worrying about how you will recover from the snow and slush. Grayson, as the Weather Channel has named this storm, is like a Winter hurricane.

God, Guns, and Protecting the Faithful

With the recent number of attacks on churches and other places of worship, how to respond to an active shooter or other emergency is becoming an increasingly relevant discussion for many religious officials. At Captiva, we believe nobody should be afraid of practicing their religion in their place of worship, and we are dedicated to educating religious officials about the importance of ensuring their churches are prepared for any emergency. The Lifezette features an insightful article about the importance of places of worship being prepared to handle emergencies: “God, Guns, and Protecting the Faithful.” This article captures the importance of bolstering places of worship with an effective emergency preparedness plan, instead of relying on armed members of the congregation or waiting for first responders to respond to the crisis.

Georgia Army National Guard Troops Use Captiva’s ATTS in Field Demonstration

On November 2, Captiva debuted the Advanced Tactical Training System (ATTS) with the Georgia Army National Guard with a field test demonstration. The National Guard troops ran scenarios with ATTS and got to experience its safety, ease of use, and data first-hand. The Georgia National Guard troops used all the integrated components of ATTS, including the M4 rifles, vests, IED/artillery simulator, and more. At the demonstration, Captiva had the opportunity to speak with S-4’s from several divisions and show what makes ATTS the most advanced and effective force-on-force training system on the market, leaping a generation ahead of current blank-fire training systems.

As the leading tactical training system on the market, ATTS is designed to transform unit training processes and help service members quickly increase their combat skills. ATTS can be coordinated to prepare your troops for an active shooter, close quarters combat, and an almost endless variety of other scenarios.

It was an honor to demonstrate the tremendous lifecycle cost savings and quick results that ATTS provides. The Captiva Tactical Services Group strives to provide the best tactical training capabilities to ensure our nation produces the most prepared and highly-trained troops possible, and we are proud to offer ATTS in our line-up of capabilities.

To learn more about ATTS, visit us online or call (703) 464-0400!

ATTS is a Centerpiece of the Battle Challenge at the AUSA Conference

From October 9 to 11, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) is hosting their Annual Meeting at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Captiva will be demonstrating the Advanced Tactical Training System (ATTS), a product we offer as part of our Tactical Systems services, as part of the Military Battle Challenge. The AUSA is the biggest military professional development exposition in North America, with over 20,000 expected attendees. During this conference, thousands of members of the Army—including current service members, civilians, veterans, and family members join to network and discuss modern issues and news affecting the Army. About 750 organizations and 11 international partners will host exhibits over the three days to give fellow attendees a close-up look at their services, products, and upcoming events.

Multitasking

It won’t come as a surprise to those who know me that I don’t multitask. Not that I can’t do what we call multitasking. No, I refuse to multitask.

Looking back, it is obvious now that my mind was refusing to multitask long before I decided to do it consciously. I would lose thoughts when interrupted. I would find myself shifting focus to tasks I would rather do, only to do no tasks well. I would