In the event of an emergency, while the facility is in use, which would require a building evacuation, the following procedures should be followed in order to ensure safety and peace of mind for all concerned.
These procedures will be made available to superintendents, teachers and ushers each year as a part of the orientation process for new persons in these leadership roles.
- At the sound of the alarm or by verbal instruction, all persons are asked to evacuate the building by the nearest exit and proceed to the lower parking lot, below the playground. If this area is not safe, persons should proceed across the bridge on Water Street and gather in the parking lot on the corner of Water St. and Rt. 42.
- All children in Sunday school classes and the nursery will be escorted out the nearest exit, then to the playground. If this area is not safe, they should proceed across the bridge on Water Street and gather in the parking lot on the corner of Water St. and Rt. 42. Teachers and helpers should make sure that all children in their classroom exit with them to the designated area.
Parents should exit the building and proceed to the lower parking lot rather than try to locate their children. The teachers will be responsible for the children in their care until they are reunited with their parents outside.
- The head usher should assist the nursery staff in evacuating the children from the nursery. The other ushers are asked to be responsible for checking all restrooms to ensure that persons in these places are aware that a building evacuation is in progress.
- All ushers, superintendents, teachers and nursery workers should know where fire extinguishers are located in the event that they would be needed. All fire extinguishers are checked on a regular basis and are in working order.
- Superintendents are asked to make sure that maps of the facility along with indications as to the nearest exit doors and extinguishers are posted in all class rooms next to the door.
- These procedures should be reviewed by classes and committees annually to keep persons informed in the event of an actual emergency.
Last updated June, 2007