These resources will help LCMS Northern Illinois District congregations and schools in their pre-planning and management of critical incidents. Please keep district staff informed when a critical incident has occurred. Direct reports and questions to these key people:
President Dan Gilbert - Incidents with congregations and ordained ministers
Mike Zimmer - Incidents with schools and commissioned ministers
Tim Hetzner - If a physical disaster strikes your congregation's property or community — or affects the families who connect with your church or school — please contact Lutheran Church Charities immediately to determine if a Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) should be activated. (866-455-6466).
If you have an additional resource to suggest, please let us know.
Active Shooter, How to Repond - U.S. Homeland Security
Child abuse: Who Must Report? (PDF) - Illinois mandatory reporting guidelines
Criminal background checks before calling/hiring:
Adam Walsh Act User Agreement (PDF) - State of Illinois
Employee Background Check: Finger-print based (PDF) - Mandated for ISBE recognized schools
ISBE Criminal History Records Information Check (PDF) - Spring 2012 Illinois State Board of Education Guidance
Protect My Ministry - (website) LCMS national contract provider offering reduced prices to LCMS member organizations; not sufficient for school employee background checks in Illinois
Pandemic or large-scale illness: preparing in advance - LCMS World Relief and Human Care
Risk Management and Insurance - see chapter in LCMS Treasurer's Manual
Tornado Preparedness in Illinois - Illinois Emergency Management Agency information and video via Gallagher Bassett Risk Control Consulting; information on rethinking safety in large buildings