Jan. 12, 19 & 26: Houses of Worship: Health, Safety Practices and Improvement

Tuesday, January 12, 19 and 26, 2021, 6:00-8:00pm
This event will be held online only.

To register for this event, click here.

The NH Council of Churches is working together with NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management and other faith representatives to host these workshops, “Houses of Worship: Health, Safety Practices and Improvement.”

These workshops will cover a wide range of health and safety best practices, including information relevant to COVID-19. Please see the details for each workshop and encourage the right people in your congregation to register using the links provided!

These workshops will help our churches to be the havens of wellness, peace and safety that we promise they are in God!


Below, please find details from NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management:

We are very excited to present an online opportunity to learn critical pointers about emergency preparedness for faith communities from subject matter experts. We invite you to take advantage of learning about precautions, the latest COVID-19 guidance, cyber security, fire and life safety, being a resource in your community during disasters and so much more. These sessions will all take place on Tuesday evenings in January 2021, from 6pm to 8pm, two sessions per night.

Here’s the best part—you will learn safely from your own home, office, or place of assembly while socially distanced.

With a combined planning team including representatives from NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management, US Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Attorney’s Office (NH), as well as representatives from various, religious traditions, we will be hosting these online sessions with the following topics that are relevant to faith communities:

January 12, 6:00PM – 8:00PM Session 1 – Fire & Life Safety, AED, First Aid, CPR NH Fire Marshal’s Office (Danielle Cole and Sean Toomey) and Division of Fire Standards and Training and Emergency Medical Services (Bill Wood, Preparedness Coordinator)
  Session 2 – Updates on COVID-19 Safety Precautions and the Latest Guidance NH Department of Health and Human Services (Patricia Tilley, Deputy Director, Division of Public Health Services)
January 19, 6:00PM – 8:00PM Session 1 – Crisis Communication NH Department of Safety (Paul Raymond, Public Information Officer)
  Session 2 – Emergency Operations Plans, Continuity of Operations Plans, Standard Operations Procedures (SOP) for Houses of Worship Department of Homeland Security (Jason Climer, Protective Security Advisor)

Temple Beth Abraham in Nashua (Richard Cohen, Director of Security)

January 26, 6:00PM – 8:00PM Session 1 – Basic Cybersecurity, Safeguarding Funds Online and Practical Pointers for Houses of Worship NH Information and Analysis Center (Hannah Popovitch); others TBD
  Session 2 – Whole-Community, All-Hazards Preparedness, Chaplaincy, Facility Use in Disasters NH Homeland Security and Emergency Management (Bob Christensen, Operations Chief); Londonderry Police Department Chaplain, Gerald Goncalo, Town of Barnstead Emergency Management Director, Wayne Santos

These sessions are FREE and will be presented using ZOOM, online. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions via a chat feature to program moderators who will forward to our subject matter experts in real time. Please follow this link to create a Zoom account: https://zoom.us/signup

We encourage you to forward this email to others both inside and outside your organization who would benefit from the presentations.

To register, use this link: https://prd.blogs.nh.gov/dos/hsem/?page_id=10674  After submitting the registration, you will see an online confirmation that you are registered. While you will not receive an email confirmation, you will, as a registered participant, receive an email within one week prior to the first session an email that contains additional presentation information including the ZOOM link and password to participate. We invite you to include subject-related questions while registering so we can forward to our presenters so they can provide answers during their presentations.

You will be able to register for one, two or all three dates. We will ask for your email in the registration in order to forward the presentation information; but, you have the option of opting out of our houses of worship contacts database if you wish. We do not share our database with anyone else, however, for any reason.

We do anticipate recording the presentations and posting them to our Houses of Worship Resource Page, located at https://prd.blogs.nh.gov/dos/hsem/?page_id=5994 so organizations can use them subsequently with their leadership teams and congregations.

We look forward to learning with you. If you do not wish to receive this communication, please let us know you would like to be removed from our database.

Looking forward to seeing you and learning together online.