Monthly Archives: October 2017

When a Crisis Occurs, Who is the True First Responder?

Law enforcement does an incredible job, but they’re usually minutes away. And minutes mean lives.

If there’s an intruder at your church or business, call the police. No question about it.

But there’s likely much more you need to be ready to do while the police are on their way.

Is the intruder armed? Has he made threats? Taken hostages? In the video below, I explain just how much damage can be done by a determined shooter in only a few moments.

The lesson: We need to understand that, until the police arrive, we are the first-responders. What we do, or fail to do, may determine who lives and dies that day.

Is your church or business prepared for an intruder? And beyond that, is it prepared for a fire? Or a tornado?

We may not enjoy the fact that we have a role as first-responders. But as leaders, we have to rise to the occasion for the sake of those we serve. Questions? Send me a line.

Who is the First Responder? from Strategos International on Vimeo.

Protesters Outside Your Church? Handle With Care

Courtesy of Mark Klotz, Flickr

Holster the donuts and suspend the arguments. Unless it’s violent, let this storm blow over.

By Vaughn Baker
President, Strategos International

A well-known protest group recently made its rounds at churches in the Orlando area, spewing an all-too-common message of “hate thy neighbor.” When this happens, what’s a church to do?

First of all, it’s legal for protesters to picket on public property such as sidewalks. Unless they’re disturbing the peace or trespassing, they’re on solid legal ground. But …

Protesters want attention and hate indifference. So you ignore them. A toe-to-toe “stand for truth” can devolve into a shouting match or fistfight – and that’s what some of these groups want (legal action = money). Even the tender-hearted woman who seeks to “kill them with kindness” will likely regret bringing donuts to hardened professional agitators. If there’s a confrontation or – worse – an altercation, then you’ve made the news.

“Be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.” – Matthew 10:16

Certainly you should be watchful and aware when protesters show up. Alerting law enforcement is also a prudent step, simply to be on the safe side.

For a protester, a bad day is quiet day. And that’s exactly the kind of day you want to give them. Questions? Let’s talk.

Workplace Violence: Threats From Without and Within

You’ve got a great workplace. People love their jobs. So you’re safe from workplace violence, right?

Wrong. Workplace violence stems from many sources, including employees’ home lives. Domestic violence frequently spills over into the workplace. Disgruntled customers can also be a cause. Finally, how well do you know your employees? What’s really going on their lives? Proactivity is the best approach to creating an environment that is resistant to workplace violence. Strategos President Vaughn Baker addresses this topic in this Strategos Security Minute.