Anaheim United Methodist Church

Emergency Preparedness

  We want everyone to be safe at home, work, play, and here at church.
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What should you do if a major
earthquake strikes while you are in our Church Sanctuary?

There are not enough doorways for us all to stand under, and besides the doors are dangerous glass.  Trying to get outside or walking any distance during a quake is not safe or recommended. 


The safest place is probably the pew bench you are sitting in.

  • Lay down on the bench, so the back of the pew is higher than your body.
  • If you are able, get on the floor under the pew.


After the Earthquake is over, the pastor and ushers will decide if evacuation is necessary, and if so, will direct you to the safest exits.  (Remember the two exits on either side of the altar.  We don't normally use those, but they are available, if safe.)  If you or someone near you needs assistance, be sure to let the ushers know.


What should you do if an earthquake strikes while you are in other areas of the church? 

Normal earthquake response procedures should be followed: 

  • Get under a table, desk or other sturdy object.
  •  Lay down next to a sturdy object larger (taller) than you (a couch for example).
  • Stand in a doorway.
  • If you are outside, get away from buildings, tall trees, wires and objects.
  • Stay away from unsecured bookcases, tall cabinets, etc.

The church has several emergency Earthquake Response Kits in place around the facility. 


If everyone knows what to do in the event of an earthquake, we can all work together to make sure we stay as safe as possible.

Dennis Gray

by Rebecca Whitfield


AUMC has recently purchased three AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) for use on the church campus. What is an AED, and why is it important that we have one available for our congregation? The AED is a portable device designed to be used by the lay person to diagnose and treat cardiac dysrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythm) that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest.  In cardiac arest, the heart is no longer pumping blood to the vital organs of the body.

To understand dysrhythmias it helps to understand how the heart’s internal electrical system works. Each beat of the heart is initiated by an electrical stimulus that starts at the top of the heart and moves downward to the bottom of the heart. This electrical stimulus cases the cardiac cells to contract and pump the blood out of the heart to the body. If something happens to this electrical stimulus there is no contraction of the cells and no blood is pumped—cardiac arrest.

Time is Tissue!  If this condition is not corrected, tissue in the vital organs begins to die. Every minute without treatment decreases the survival rate by 7 percent. The AED will diagnosis the abnormal rhythm and tell the operator what to do to treat the problem. It is helpful to learn how to use the AED and how to do CPR but it is not necessary. Someone who is untrained can use the AED and save a person's life!

Recently some of our ushers and other church members received Heart Saver and first aid training. Dave Owen, Jim Fackiner, Mike McCune, Virgil Enoch, Nancy Baldwin, Craig VanSant, Lee Strohm, Donna Vestre, and I attended a class where we learned how to do CPR and use the AED. These dedicated volunteers will be our “first responders”! Remember, anyone in the congregation can use the AED. We hope and pray that we will never have to use these devices, but if they are needed they will be available for anyone to use and can be lifesaving.

Be Prepared at Home . . .

Please make some time to make simple plans, stock some extra water, food, and know where your camping equipment is. Have a stockpile of water, food not only at home, but also a small amount in your cars along with a change of clothes and walking or hiking shoes in your cars.  Make sure you have a good flashlight in your car, and a good flashlight TAPED to the side of your bed.  In case of a night quake, you will not be able to safely go and "find” a flashlight in the dark and possible rubble. Remember no candles or matches until you are sure there are no gas leaks in your home, or the area. 

Have your "out of state" phone contact number on your cell, and make sure all of your kids know it as well.  In a large quake, local phones may not work for days, but calls out of the state may work faster.  If cell phones don’t work, try a “landline” phone.  Have this "out of state" person coordinate where you and your family are, and if a meeting place is needed, to set that up.  In a major disaster, there may be no government assistance for several days.  Properly preparing yourself and family is vital.

The Red Cross provides great information on Emergency Preparedness...

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