The Health Ministry Committee under the direction of the Social Concerns Commission had, for a number of years, been discussing safety concerns of the parish and its parishioners, specifically regarding medical emergencies. The possibility of obtaining an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) had been discussed by the Priests, Parish Councils, and the Commission. As years passed, the Joplin tornado of 2011 occurred and incidents of violence in public places, schools, and church began to proliferate. The Health Ministry committee recognized their planning should include not only the Sacred Heart Campus but also parish families to assist them in preventing potential property damage, injuries, and the impact of these events.
In the Spring of 2015, Judy Barnes of the Health Ministry Committee wrote a proposal which was approved by the committee and the Parish Council to research and implement an emergency operations plan for the parish.
The consensus protocols within this plan are specific to the Sacred Heart Parish Campus; however, they are capable of being adapted by parishioners for use in their own homes and daily life.Emergency Preparedness Plan (pdf)