Events for February 2023

Congregational Safety Webinars on September 28 and October 19

Congregational Safety Webinars on September 28 and October 19 750 400 Episcopalians in Connection

On September 28 and October 19, Gregory Howard, a protective security advisor in the Cincinnati district of the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), will present two webinars for churches in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. The webinars will be free of charge and are recommended for vestries and others in church leadership.

Houses of worship face a unique dilemma – how do you extend radical hospitality while also protecting your parish? The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is committed to supporting efforts to maintain safe and secure houses of worship and related facilities while sustaining an open and welcoming environment.

Wednesday, September 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m.: CISA Physical Security Services and Best Practices for Church Security
In this webinar, Howard will discuss:

  • CISA free services and resources
  • Guidance through the CISA Self-Assessment tool
  • Nuances of how to be hospitable yet discerning while mitigating vulnerabilities
  • Factors to consider when making security decisions related to planning and security enhancements

Before the webinar, Mr. Howard recommends reviewing “The Power of Hello.”

Register in advance for this webinar at After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, October 19, 6 to 7 p.m.: Active Shooter Preparedness and Response Webinar
Mark your calendars and watch upcoming newsletters for registration information. The active shooter preparedness and response webinar is a one-hour session that will discuss:

    • Characteristics of an active shooter
    • Workplace violence
    • “How to Respond” to an active shooter incident
    • U.S. Department of Homeland Security resources available to promote your active shooter preparedness program

Learn more about CISA’s programs tailored for houses of worship.

Gregory Howard serves as the protective security advisor (PSA) for the Cincinnati District of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), promoting protection and resiliency of critical infrastructure in 27 counties in Southwestern Ohio. Howard supports the State of Ohio’s homeland security efforts, serving as a risk advisor focused on reducing risk to critical infrastructure assets and systems. As a protective security advisor, Howard facilitates, coordinates, and performs vulnerability assessments and training for local critical infrastructure owners and operators, and acts as a physical and technical security advisor to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.