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PA –TRAINING – Local church members train to prepare for possible attacks

Early in his presentation on how churches can respond to armed intruders, Brandon Rhone of the ALICE Training Institute posed this question: “Do you or do you not believe this type of event can happen to you?” In fact, members of his audience had already answered just by showing up Wednesday: More than 100 people, including pastors, staff members and lay people, had traveled from throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. They gathered in a fellowship hall of East Liberty Presbyterian Church for a morning’s worth of training on being prepared for such attacks. The free seminar was offered by Church Mutual Insurance Co. “If you believe it can happen to us, what are we prepared to do about it?” Mr. Rhone said. In recent years, high-profile massacres have targeted religious sites such as the Tree of Life synagogue building in nearby Squirrel Hill and churches in Charleston, S.C., and Sutherland Springs, Texas. “We’re more aware of the violence in the community, and we want to be able to respond to that and also to prepare people to take action to prevent this from happening,” said Richard Dorman, district manager with Church Mutual. [full article]

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