Emergency Preparedness #3

Emergency Preparedness #3

Fire or Smoke

Our newly authorized Emergency Operations Plan defines actions to be taken when a critical situation occurs on the property.  This “all hazards plan” identifies twelve situations that could risk personal safety or property damage.  Each emergency situation is designated as an annex with specific instructions.  Let’s look at Annex B: Fire or Smoke

DID YOU KNOW?

In addition to the pull fire alarm boxes at both front entrances, there are several others placed throughout the building.  Did you know where they are?

DO YOU KNOW WHEN THERE IS SMOKE OR FIRE?

The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. If there is a risk to personal safety or property damage, call 911 AND pull the nearest fire alarm box.
  2. If you or anyone else has their clothes on fire, Drop to the ground, and Roll a short distance to extinguish the flames. Use blankets or other clothing to smother the fire if needed.  If available, running cold water over the skin is appropriate to treat small burns.
  3. Fire extinguishers should be used by a person who is trained in their use.
  4. When the room and area near the fire or smoke has been evacuated, close all doors and windows to slow its spread.
  5. Make an announcement throughout the building to evacuate.
  6. Follow the details defined earlier (See November’s Bulletin #1) and evacuate
  7. Once you have gone to your car, stay in the parking lot. Fire trucks will use our exit driveway to get to the facility, and it must be kept clear of cars.

PARENTS – DO NOT TO GO DOWNSTAIRS TO FIND YOUR CHILDREN—THEY WON’T BE THERE!  WAIT OUT FRONT FOR THEM TO BE BROUGHT UP.

Emergency Preparedness #2

Emergency Preparedness #2
Electrical Outage

Our newly authorized Emergency Operations Plan defines actions to be taken when a critical situation occurs on the property. This “all hazards plan” identifies twelve situations that could risk personal safety or property damage. Each emergency situation is designated as a separate annex with specific instructions. Let’s first look at Annex A: Electrical Outage

DID YOU KNOW?

If the power goes out while people are in the building, it might be caused by our circuit breakers. Did you know where the two main circuit breakers are located so you can check? One is inside the storage room off the back of the sanctuary where the chairs and tables are stored. The other is in the Mechanical Room, opposite the downstairs kitchen. Before entering these areas, check first if there is smoke coming from behind the doors. An electrical fire could result from a short circuit. Check for smoke and feel the door to see if it is hot before entering

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THE ELECTRICAL POWER GOES OUT?

The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. If the building is occupied, check to see if the cause is internal and may pose a risk. Check the circuit breakers to see if there is a short circuit or an electrical fire. Reset the breakers if they have tripped.
  2. If there is an internal safety hazard, call 911.
  3. Do not run water (faucets or toilets) to maintain remaining water pressure. The water pump does not function without power. Check the plan, Annex K: Loss of Water Supply for more instructions.
  4. If an electrical fire is discovered, fire extinguishers can be used by a person trained in their use.
  5. If smoke or fire is found evacuate the building after pulling the fire alarm. See the previous Emergency Preparedness article #1 for details.
  6. Close all doors and windows.
  7. If the outage is throughout the neighborhood or community, notify the power company, and then the sexton.

Emergency Preparedness #1

Emergency Preparedness #1

Our newly created Emergency Operations Plan defines actions to be taken when a critical situation occurs on the property. This “all hazards plan” identifies twelve situations that could risk personal safety or property damage. Each emergency situation is designated as a separate annex with specific instructions.

DID YOU KNOW?

In several annexes, an evacuation of the building may be required. When an evacuation is ordered, fire and police responders will be on the way. Did you know that many fire trucks cannot come to the building using the entrance driveway? The slope at the top so too great for many trucks. For this reason, fire apparatus will come to us using the exit driveway! The exit driveway must be kept clear! Once you reach your car in the parking lot, do not drive off the property until directed by responding fire and police officials.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN DIRECTED TO EVACUATE?

The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. IF NOT during Sunday services:
  2. All occupants are to exit the building and go to their cars. Then see second paragraph (c), below
  3. IF DURING Sunday services:
  4. Children and staff on the lower level will leave the building at the nearest exit.

That group will assemble together a safe distance away from the exit.

ii,  Adult leaders will take separate small groups of children at intervals up to the front of the building.

iii. Adults upstairs will use the main exits to leave the building.

Parents of children who are in RE classes will assemble as a group a safe distance near the front exits until their children are brought to them.

  1. Then FOR BOTH SITUATIONS:
  2. Parents with children, and all adults will go to their cars in the parking lot and remain there until all the fire apparatus arrive. Many of the larger trucks will enter the property down the exit driveway and must not find cars backed up blocking their way.

 PARENTS – DO NOT TO GO DOWNSTAIRS TO FIND YOUR CHILDREN – THEY WON’T BE THERE! WAIT OUT FRONT FOR THEM TO BE BROUGHT UP.