emergency response7As security concerns increase, CUMC continues to enhance our security and safety procedures. Last fall, Mike Weaver was hired as safety coordinator, and Mike has worked with Executive Director of Operations & CFO Karen Goff as well as the Day School to ensure our facility has the safest and most secure precautions in place.

The Memphis Police Department and City Council have approved SkyCop cameras for our Poplar Avenue and Grove Park entrances as well as our playground area and parking lot, and these cameras will be installed this fall. SkyCop cameras are owned by the police department and stream live video monitored by the Real Time Crime Center. The cameras can also read license plates of vehicles coming onto and leaving our property.

“SkyCop cameras have stopped criminal activity wherever installed, and we are excited to announce this important step in our ongoing effort to make Christ Church both a secure and welcoming environment,” Mike said.

According to VideoSurveillance.com, churches and other places of worship naturally place great emphasis on creating an open and welcoming environment. Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead a church to neglect security, which leaves them vulnerable to acts of vandalism or theft. A properly installed church video surveillance system can help to create a safe and secure environment for congregations and the people they serve.

In addition to these security enhancements, CUMC has purchased first-aid kits and placed them at specific locations in case of medical emergencies. Many of our CUMC staff members were certified in CPR/AED and first aid earlier this summer. The CUMC staff also recently received training on how to respond in the event of an emergency/crisis situation as well as de-escalation tips.

More volunteers are needed for our Security and Safety Team. Want to help? Contact Mike at mikew@cumcmemphis.org.

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