It is no small task to
successfully usher a large number of people to safety in an
requires excellent training, instruction, and a calm demeanor
by those in leadership roles. The more familiar
your congregation, volunteers and staff are with what to do in
the event of an emergency, the better the chances of
Below are three basic examples of
drills which may benefit a congregation. To get started, post a
note in the newsletter or bulletin alerting the congregation
of the potential for an upcoming drill. Perhaps even make a
brief announcement during a weekly service to remind everyone
of the drill. It
is recommended to provide adequate instruction, clearly mark
the evacuation routes and post proper signage to direct
congregates to safety.
Also, it is important to provide appropriate training
and instruction for the staff, ushers and volunteers who may
be in a leadership role.
At the very least, take time to formulate a plan and
familiarize key players with the procedures. Every second counts in
an emergency situation!
Tornado Drill: Locate and mark the
safe interior locations suitable for people to
Fire Drill: Designate an outdoor
gathering spot a safe distance from the structure.
Violent Incident Drill: Identify and post
suitable locations for congregates to retreat.
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