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Officials offering security, safety evaluations to local churches

Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls

Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls

RICHMOND – “It’s suppose to be a safe place and a place of worship. You never expect to run into a shooter,” Donna Mathews, with Church of the Holy Apostles said.
For members of the Church of the Holy Apostles, Sunday morning’s deadly shooting in Sutherland Springs was not only heartbreaking, but also eye-opening.
That’s why they’ll be meeting with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office soon.”If you’re in a school situation or workplace you can do fire drills and practice a situation. But how do you practice and active shooting in a church on a Sunday morning?” asked Mathews.
The agency sent out a message through social media offering to meet with congregations for for “safety evaluations” following the tragedy just hours down the road.
“Be constantly aware of your surroundings. That’s the main thing. Be aware of your surroundings and being able to do something if a situation unfolds,” Sgt. Carlos Castillo with the Fort Bend County Sheriffs Office said. “Either evacuating the building as fast as possible, or they could hide in place and last resort, they could fight,” explained Castillo.
As part of their evaluation, the sheriff’s office plans to assess the building including entry points and emergency exits.
They’ll also go over the best plan of action if faced with an active shooter.
“Hopefully there will be some churches that will take our offer,” “Either evacuating the building as fast as possible, or they could hide in place and last resort, they could fight,” Sheriff Troy Nehls told the Houston Chronicle. “Unfortunately, in today’s environment, we have to try to help prepare churches and others for the worst, hoping you never need to implement that plan.” (-NBC DFW)


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