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110 S. 2nd Street
Geneva, IL, 60134


Emergency Response

Emergency Response Committee

Meeting Time: varies
Status: open to church members & friends
Chair: Hal Schulman

Mission: The ERT maximizes UUSG’s readiness to assess, prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies with respect to our people and facilities. An additional, longer-term purpose is to play an effective role in our larger community’s efforts to support disaster recovery.

UUSG Incident Report Form

Summary of ERT Implementation Phases:

  1. Initial creation, organization, assessment of pre-existing policies and procedures, e.g. fire and medical. - 4th Qtr 2014
  2. "People Safety" - active shooter, violent person, and disruptive intruder - 1st Qtr 2017
  3. Weather related events, sheltering, and Incident Command (IC) operations - 2nd Qtr 2017
  4. Involvement in our wider Community - 4th Qtr 2017

ERT Team Purview:

  • Core planning members reporting to the Board of Directors
  • Trained operational members to directly implement defined policies and procedures
  • All persons whom might be present and impacted by an unplanned, emergency occurrence


The horrific events of recent days remind me that we (UUSG in Geneva, IL) could also be the target of a heinous, casualty-ridden event. A frequent and valuable reminder offered by emergency management agencies encourages each of us to "maintain a high level of vigilance and situational awareness." What might this mean?  

"Situation awareness involves being aware of what is happening in the vicinity, in order to understand how information, events, and one's own actions will impact goals and objectives, both immediately and in the near future."  In a nutshell, it is being alert, aware, and ready to act. A common acronym is "OODA" - Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.

Consider these questions:
What's normal in the moment, setting, and per experience?
Is there something that seems out of place?
Are you feeling "vibes" you usually do not sense?

Further, to act, in itself, is situational. This means that there is a broad range of possible options as a result of assessing the situation. The continuum ranges from nothing, to a passive act to a protective act to a more aggressive act. An example of a passive act might be to report what you observe to an ERT member or staff member. An example of a protective act might be to leave the situation along with asking others to calmly follow you.

The ERT is expanding. Today, our level of members and training is not as strong as desired to maximize congregational safety in the event of an unplanned event.

If you wish to find out more or get involved with the ERT, please contact Hal Schulman.