MERP for Houses of Worship

The Mobile Emergency Response Plan is the new standard for Emergency Response Plans, Crisis Management, and Workplace Safety for Religious Organizations.

The Mobile Emergency Response Plan (MERP) allows you to take your emergency plans from the 3 ring binder in the business office and put them in the hands of every employee in your organization. Imagine being able to make an update to your emergency response plan and instantly push it out to all employees and volunteers with the touch of a button. MERP makes that possible.

MERP comes pre-populated with an All-Hazards plan based on Best Practices. The plans are OSHA complaint, 100% editable and can be customized to your business or company.

MERP is designed to be a web based tool for the basis of a company’s or organization’s response to unplanned incidents. MERP holds the strategy for immediate response to an emergency, while serving as the guideline for the actions to be taken by employees in the critical first moments of an incident.

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For an annual quote for your organization, please complete following form.  Your customized quote will be emailed to the address you share below. 


John Hurd

"After responding to a recent bus accident there was no question by staff on what to do, we followed the emergency response plan within the MERP platform that our district purchased from Safeguard Risk Solutions. The plan took us from start to finish with what we needed for the safety and security of our students and the district."

John Hurd
Dean of Students, Grove Madison Schools - Groveport, Ohio

Tracey Miller

"I could not be more pleased with our district’s purchase of the MERP platform and with the customer service and support our district has received during and after the purchase from Safeguard Risk Solutions. No matter how many questions I have had, they always respond quickly and professionally with the answers I need."

Tracey Miller
Director of Secondary Education, Dublin City Schools - Dublin, Ohio

George Linthicum

"Although we had recently revised our district’s emergency response program, we decided that the MERP platform was not only a good replacement plan, but in many ways was much better. One of the best aspects of MERP is that you can utilize it as both an electronic application that can be uploaded to portable devices, or as a hard copy printout for those unable, unwilling , to put it on their mobile devices. Support has been excellent. MERP support will quickly respond to any and all inquiries and will provide follow-up to ensure that all is going well. Our district is pleased with both the product and service support."

George Linthicum
Superintendent, Arlee Joint School District No. 8 - Arlee, Montana

ROI and Benefits

ROI of MERP is 1,100% versus Printing

The cost of printing your plans is 1100% more than the cost of an electronic version.  This does not include the cost of a Subject Matter Expert (SME) creating an OSHA-compliant plan.

ROI of MERP is 3,500% versus an OSHA Fine

OSHA regularly fines companies that do not have a written plan and safety information. The cost of OSHA fines is increasing on August 1, 2016, from $7,000 per incident per location to $12,471, and for willful or repeated violations rising from $70,000 to $124,709. This will make it even more costly to not have a written plan in place. A national pharmacy was recently fined $40,000 for just one of its stores that did not have a written plan in place when one of its employees was injured.

Content is included for all OSHA emergencies to meet all OSHA required Regulations

Plans are available as an App (Apple & Android) on a user’s device, making the plans and all information available even if internet access or power is unavailable during an emergency. All Employees have what they need when they need it. The electronic format allows you to easily change the content such as contact names, phone numbers and any content or document in the plan. An electronic plan can be updated at any time and pushed out to all employees. There is no need for costly printing after revisions and everyone will have the most up to date plans and information.


Our plans were developed with Local, State, and Federal First responders and meet standards of All-Hazards as recommended by the US Department of Homeland Security. The plans you receive will meet and exceed all OSHA requirements, eliminating the need for additional expenses to have a SME create the content and plans.

electronic versus paper

With printing and shipping costs at an all-time high, electronic versions of emergency plans are typically 500% less expensive than the cost of printing flip-charts.  During the course of the year, a MERP can be revised at any time for no additional cost.  

Plans are customizable to add documents or additional plans, policies and procedures

The plans are 100% customizable. You can brand the plan with your organization’s logo, upload documents, building maps and add whatever content you feel necessary for your employees and volunteers to have including but not limited to emergency utility shut-off procedures, MSDS, SDS, lock out/tag out, confined space, safety training, and medical information.

Safety of employees to reduce injuries is priceless (ROI 2,800,000%)

Your number one asset is your employees. Protecting your employees shows they are valued members of the team and company. With Workplace Violence and targeted acts of violence on the rise, your plans demonstrate the organization is prepared to keep employees safe. Because our plans are designed to both prevent incidents and mitigate the effects of an incident, there is a direct tangible cost as the average direct cost to employers for an injured worker is $42,000 from lost time and lost revenues.

Reduced liability from injuries to employees. (ROI 12,800,000%)

Per the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, 4,821 people, more than 13 per day, died while doing their jobs. Implementing safety measures can change these statistics. The indirect costs for a safety related injury are $192,000 from fines, lawsuits, and other costs.

Looking for more information on protecting your house of worship?

Just because something bad could happen at your House of Worship does not mean bad things will happen. Faith-based security training involves equipping religious leaders and staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage crises and ensure the safety and security of their congregation and facilities. This type of training recognizes the unique challenges and vulnerabilities faced by religious organizations and aims to empower them to respond effectively to various threats, including natural disasters, acts of violence, and other emergencies.

For key components and considerations for faith-based security training, please visit my blog post: Equipping Religious Leaders and Staff for Crisis Management

Please download this Protecting Your House of Worship flyer to print and share, and reach out directly to me with any questions you may have about effectively securing your facility, staff, and parishoners.

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