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Staff Liaison: Kurt Lutterman, Facilities Manager
Saint Andrew’s implemented an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) in 2017. The plan’s purpose is to deter, mitigate and respond to incidents at Saint Andrew’s to minimize impacts on life and property.
Every room at Saint Andrew’s has an evacuation map near the door. On the back of the map are specific actions to take during incidents.
General response actions are also listed here.
When the shaking has stopped, refer to the evacuation map near the door of the room you are in. Using the Primary Evacuation Route (green arrow), calmly exit the building and muster in the bottom row of the parking lot. If the Primary route is blocked, use one of the Alternate Evacuation Routes (orange arrow).
Standing in a doorway is old guidance, don’t do it. The above Best Practices are intended to shield you from falling objects such as broken window glass or ceiling light fixtures and to protect your head and neck. The HOLD (or HOLD ON) guidance is that the piece of furniture may be moving across the floor during a large earthquake. You want to move with it!
Here is a fun video demonstrating these Best Practices:
If you see a fire, pull the red FIRE ALARM pull handle at any exit door. This will trigger the fire alarm:
throughout the building. The fire alarm can also be automatically triggered by a smoke alarm or automatic fire sprinkler spraying water. The Fire Department is automatically called if the alarm is going off.
Refer to the evacuation map near the door of the room you are in. Using the Primary Evacuation Route (green arrow), calmly exit the building and muster in the bottom row of the parking lot. If the Primary route is blocked, use one of the Alternate Evacuation Routes (orange arrow).
Nothing has changed in fire response Best Practices in any of our lifetimes. Remember your elementary school drills: exit the building calmly and deliberately. All building occupants gather in the bottom row of the parking lot so everyone can be accounted for, and Fire Department vehicles can use the upper two rows.
A police response incident is indicated by a police car siren sound and rotating red lights on the round white alarms throughout the building
The Best Practices are to:
We use the phrase police response to include any incident of actual or potential violence where a police response would be appropriate. The incident could be as simple as one person raising their voice to another, or as horrific as an active shooter incident. To minimize the harm to persons and property, the response actions are the same: Run, Hide, Fight.
If you witness an actual or potential violence incident at Saint Andrew’s, please err on the side of safety and initiate a police response.
You can initiate a building-wide police response by pushing one of the blue POLICE buttons at any exit door or in the Fellowship Hall by the Kitchen: lift the protective cover, hold the button for two seconds, wait for the alarm to sound.
Once activated, the police response will automatically:
If you would like to be added to this congregation member police response text notification, ask the Facilities Manager to include you.
Below is the official Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) video demonstrating the above Best Practices. WARNING: This video deals with situations that may not be appropriate for children.