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BE PREPARED AT CHURCH
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.
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.
OUR NEW "AED" EQUIPMENTby Rebecca Whitfield
recently purchased three AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) for use
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
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.
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!
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 . . .
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.
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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