April 20, 2019
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Training to prepare for active threat and build emergency plan in houses of worship set in three cities

Community Author: Michael Magalski
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BANGOR — To enhance awareness of targeted behavior, some violent, directed toward houses of worship and offer guidance in developing an emergency operations plan, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland will host one-day workshops in Scarborough, Lewiston, and Caribou for clergy, leadership, and staff from houses of worship of all religious denominations in Maine.

The training will be provided by personnel from the following sponsoring agencies: the United States Attorney’s Office; the Office of Infrastructure Protection, a branch of the Department of Homeland Security ; the Federal Bureau of Investigation ; and the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Other state and local first responders will  participate.

The workshops are free of charge and are not the same as the workshops offered to Maine houses of worship in January 2017.

The workshops (registration links below) will be held on:

Tuesday, May 8

Holy Rosary Church Hall
34 Vaughn Street, Caribou
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, May 10

Holy Family Church Hall
607 Sabattus Street, Lewiston
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tuesday, May 22

St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish Hall
150 Black Point Road, Scarborough
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

The workshops will address planning and preparing for an active threat, building your own emergency operations plan, government responses and resources, and other faith-based experiences with public safety issues.

“These workshops will also educate participants on targeted incidents that have caused disruptions at churches or other houses of worship,” said Michael Magalski, the director of the Office of Professional Responsibility for the Diocese of Portland. “The day will include panel discussions about working with local emergency response teams, preparing communications protocols, and the best practices for planning and response.”

To attend, individuals must register via links provided by the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Caribou Training—www.usaometraining.org/FaithCommunitiesCaribou

Lewiston Training—www.usaometraining.org/FaithCommunitiesLewiston

Scarborough Training—www.usaometraining.org/FaithCommunitiesScarborough

If you have any questions or encounter any problems registering, please contact Heather Putnam with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland at (207) 780-3257.