Emergency Preparedness #8

Emergency Preparedness #8

Temporary Sheltering of Members

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 F: Temporary Sheltering of Members.

DID YOU KNOW…

…members without power or fuel are able to stay in the building during business hours for cooling in summer or warming in winter?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO WHEN A MEMBER SEEKS SHELTER?

The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. It is requested a call be made to the office in advance.
  2. It is understood there are no generators, cots, blankets, food or medical supplies available,
  3. Sheltering is possible only as the building has electricity and water supply available.
  4. The kitchen may be used if personal food is brought in.
  5. Before leaving to go home, the individuals will sign out at the administrative office.

Emergency Preparedness: Fire & Smoke Workshop

What Should You Do in the case of FIRE or SMOKE?

Join the Emergency Preparedness Team on Thursday, June 7 at 1:00 PM in the Meeting Room where the team will welcome members of the Manchester Fire Department to discuss fire and smoke training, emergency medical situations, and six of the twelve annexes in the Emergency Preparedness Plan. There will be time to ask questions and to learn more about our important plan.

Emergency Preparedness #7

Emergency Preparedness #7

Storm Damage

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 now look at Annex E: Storm Damage.

DID YOU KNOW…

… procedures have been in place for years to learn of impending storms and alert members when the facilities are going to be closed? Do you know where to go to learn this information?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS STORM DAMAGE?

The following procedures are to be followed:

  1. Learn of the cancellation of services or meetings held at the building, and stay away during any storm.
  2. After the storm is over, and if damage is found, contact the sexton if not already aware of this.
  3. Early decisions will be made and announced to repair any damage.
  4. Members will be notified when the building is again available for use.

That was easy! Use the time saved by staying home to review the Emergency Response Plan for other, more complicate actions for different hazards!

Emergency Preparedness #6

Emergency Preparedness #6

Disturbed Person with a Weapon

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 next look at Annex D: Disturbed Person with a Weapon.

DID YOU KNOW?

The average time an incident with an armed shooter lasts is only 7 minutes? Did you know that most fatalities from this situation are people lying still trying to hide?

DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO IF THERE IS AN ARMED PERSON WHO IS DISTURBED?

Do you remember when you first learned to drive a car? No one would think of taking a driver’s test after just reading an instruction manual. You first take driving lessons. And practice driving.

The following procedures are to be followed (Follow A.L.I.C.E. = Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate):

  1. Alert others throughout the building that a shooter is present.
  2. Lockdown by barricading the room you are in, staying out of view and remaining quiet.
  3. Inform authorities by calling 911
  4. Counter if the shooter is present by throwing hymnals, chairs and other objects, and by creating a lot of noise to distract and confuse the shooter. Close in if possible to disarm the person.
  5. Evacuate when safe to do so.
  6. Follow instructions of identified police officers directing you where to go as you leave the building.

The tabletop exercise reenactment held on January 28, 2018, demonstrated the effectiveness of this approach. Future exercises will be held to properly train staff, leaders, members, and visitors. It will only work if most people know how to act quickly.

Emergency Preparedness #4

Emergency Preparedness #4

Medical Emergencies

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 C: Medical Emergencies.

Did You Know?

In a case of cardiac arrest, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can save a life! There is one AED unit in the facility. Did you know it is located in the lobby, low on the left wall as you come in through the entrance? Did you know that there is no lock on the glass door and anyone can easily open it? Did you know that when opened, a tone sounds to simply indicate the door is open? This tone is not connected to any emergency response service or 911 call.

Do You Know When There is a Medical Emergency…

…the following procedures are to be followed?

  1. Remain calm. Assess the ability of the ill or injured person to speak or react to painful stimulus.
  2. If unresponsive, manage the airway and determine if the person is breathing and has a pulse.
  3. If breathing and/or a pulse is not present, immediately have someone call 911 and begin CPR.
  4. Have someone bring the automated external defibrillator (AED) to the patient. Initiate its use following the audible instructions that the device will provide.
  5. If breathing and a pulse are present, assess the patient for any open wounds. If bleeding is present, put direct pressure over the wound to control external blood flow.
  6. If there are any fractures including possible fractures in the head and neck, call 911.
  7. Keep the patient comfortable. Anyone with first aid or EMS training can begin appropriate positioning and fracture care.
  8. If the person has no signs of trauma, is alert and refuses treatment, call 911 for advice before allowing the person to deny an ambulance response and go on their own.

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.