SAFETY & EMERGENCY PROCEDURES FOR 2017 TN ANNUAL CONFERENCE | Brentwood UMC

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In the case of any emergency, the Executive Director for Brentwood UMC and the Bishop for the TN Conference will be in communication with one another and will coordinate any public directions or announcements that will be given. 

For all emergencies, notify the Connection Point Desk in the Narthex immediately.

FIRE

In the case of a fire, an automatic message will go throughout the building and into each room.

DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.  All occupants should leave the building through the nearest stairways and move to the parking lots away from the building.  Be aware of emergency vehicles coming into the area. Do not leave the parking lot either on foot or in your vehicle until directed or released.

TORNADO

Tornadoes are valid threats for this area and directions should be followed promptly and not taken lightly. Staff or a designated staff member will issue tornado evacuation orders.  A weather radio, television, or computer will be on and monitored during severe weather.

Special note: Hallways are not safe if containing windows and glass. Imminent or actual tornado directions: Crouch and cover head, avoid center of rooms. In restrooms, move into stalls, crouch under sink bases or in the floor.

Sanctuary

Worship Services or other activities in the Sanctuary will not be disrupted unless danger is imminent.  This will not be a drill.  Remain calm and follow directions as given.  The Worship leader should give directions in a calm voice to start evacuation procedure.

  • Remain calm and act quickly.
  • Staff will direct those seated in the balcony and side tiers to move to the lower floor of the building.  Go down the rear stairs to reach the first floor.  Attendees should not use the exit doors.
  • The worship leader, with the assistance of staff and ushers, should direct attendees to move away from all windows. Move toward the middle of the Sanctuary or Narthex, crouch, and cover head quickly.
  • Place all children under pews.  All other persons should get into the “take cover position” or under a pew if available.  The take cover position is crouching forward and covering head with arms.
  • The worship leader will announce to parents that the children in nursery or classrooms are already in a safe location.
  • Children WILL NOT be released by the teachers until the danger is past. Parents should not go to the classroom. Staff will notify when the danger has passed and it is safe to move about.

Nursery

  • The nursery staff will follow standard procedures, taking the children to the designated safe place on first floor.
  • Parents will be given a sheet with information regarding safety procedures when they drop off their child.
  • Parents are NOT to get their children, but may remain with them.

Haney Hall and Main Floor Classrooms

  • If time permits, evacuate everyone from rooms and go to bathrooms or downstairs to first floor interior hallway. Avoid hallways where windows are present.
  • Otherwise, all persons should move to wall farthest from windows, get onto the floor and be prepared to get into the “take cover position.” Crouch on floor and cover head. Those who are physically unable should be allowed to sit in chairs for their comfort.
  • Lower blinds to cover windows completely. The staff will notify everyone when the danger has passed and it is safe to return to activities.

Music Area and Basement Rooms

  • Immediately move everyone in all areas of the lower floor into the singles area.
  • Close and move away from any exterior hall doors.
  • Everybody should get onto floor and be prepared to get into the “take cover position.” Crouch on floor and cover head.
  • If the situation is urgent and people are unable to evacuate the area, they should crouch or lie on the floor with their heads covered. Adults should protect their children by crouching over them.

Youth Area

  • Immediately move everyone in all areas of the youth area into the interior hallways and/or along the walls of the youth choir room.
  • Close and move away from any exterior doors.
  • Everybody should get onto floor and be prepared to get into the “take cover position.” Crouch on floor and cover head.

Third Floor

  • Immediately move everyone in all areas of the third floor into the interior hallways.
  • Close and move away from any exterior windows and doors.
  • Everybody should get onto floor and be prepared to get into the “take cover position.” Crouch on floor and cover head.

Fourth Floor

  • Immediately move everyone in all areas of the fourth floor to the third floor interior hallways.
  • Close and move away from any exterior windows and doors.
  • Everybody should get onto floor and be prepared to get into the “take cover position.” Crouch on floor and cover head.

Medical Emergencies

An EMT will be onsite throughout Annual Conference.  Notify the Connection Point or Receptionist of any emergencies.  First Aid Room is C222 near Narthex and Connection Point desk.

If you are faced with a medical emergency, below are some basic first aid steps you can take. 

  • Remain Calm.
  • If the victim loses consciousness or is unresponsive call 911.
  • Notify the Guest Services Desk or Leslie Hotzfeld, Executive Director of BUMC (615-500-5208), who will notify the appropriate emergency services and/or medical unit.
  • Do not leave the victim alone.  Encourage the victim to sit – do not force to recline.  If comfortable doing so, question the victim about symptoms, known medical conditions, when symptoms started or how the injury occurred.  This should be relayed to the responding medical units.  If possible, ask the victim if someone should be notified.  Reassure the victim that help is on the way.
  • Urgent symptoms are severe chest pain, shortness or breath, decrease in consciousness, visible injuries, or weakness on one side of body with difficulty speaking or severe headache. Call 911 in case of urgent symptoms.

Brentwood UMC is equipped with AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators) in various locations throughout the building.