School children practice emergency procedures for fires, tornados, and earthquakes. Practicing for such emergencies expedites immediate action and helps students and staff remain calm should an actual emergency occur.
Have you ever wondered if your church is prepared to handle an emergency?
Most likely, your local church does not have an emergency plan or corresponding procedures. In this day and age, especially with the rise of domestic terrorism; preparedness and prevention is key.
DAJ Consulting has created a free Preparedness Checklist to help churches and places of worship gauge their emergency preparedness. Feel free to print the checklist and give it to your pastor or clergy. You may also forward this post to their attention.
Being prepared for emergencies does not mean doubting God; it simply means taking responsibility for the people in our care at all times.
Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. NIV
What is a Designated Safe Place?
A safe place is somewhere you would go in time of emergency. It may also be called a Shelter in Place location. You may need to go to a Safe Place for emergencies including severe weather such as a tornado, hazardous material spill, building lockdown, or active shooter.
Suggested Designated Safe Place Guidelines:
For Businesses & Churches
Generally a safe place should be an interior room, with a minimum number of entryways (to help control access), and it should accommodate as many people as possible. Examples include a restroom, break room, or conference room. Ideally the room can be locked and secured once all staff is accounted for.
Tip: Maintain a master copy of building blueprints onsite, electronically, and also offsite. Clearly mark all designated Safe Places.
A safe place would likely be a basement, or interior room that can accommodate the whole family. This room may also contain emergency supplies such as blankets, first aid kit, food, and extra clothing.
Click here to download a free SAFE PLACE door marker. Print the sign for each designated safe place and secure it above the doorway to each location. Laminate each sign for long term use.
Contact DAJ Consulting for help with implementing a disaster recovery plan for your business, church, or family.