The OHUMC Safety Committee is in the process of reviewing safety procedures related to Medical Emergencies, Severe Weather, Emergency Evacuations, and Active Shooter. Members are invited to visit this page to understand what to expect in the event of an emergency. As procedures will evolve over time, periodic checking of the site is encouraged. Rotating safety tips will also appear regularly in Sunday bulletins.

Be aware

When entering a space as familiar as a church, it can be easy to let down your guard, but one of the best things you can do is remain alert. Being aware of the people and situations around you not only helps you feel safer, but it also helps to serve our congregation.

We want our church to be a welcoming community. Introduce yourself to those you haven’t met before. Visitors need to feel the extravagant hospitality our congregation offers. Should you encounter a person who appears agitated, you can offer a listening ear. However, if you're uncomfortable with the situation, or anytime you see something odd or out of place, report it to an usher, greeter, or staff member. These people play an integral role in the safety plans being developed and refined by the Safety Committee.

These practices are things every church member should do as a means of connecting with visitors, but it also helps us remain aware of others in the Sanctuary with us.

AEDs and CPR

There are three AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) on campus, one each in the Fellowship Hall, Narthex, and Children's Building. First aid kits can be found in each of these locations as well as on the second floor of the Adult Education Building and the hallway outside of the choir room.

CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) can also be life-saving. Consider taking a class in CPR and basic first aid so that you are prepared. Be sure to keep your training and certification current as best practices are frequently updated.

Note the exits

When something catastrophic happens, the best defense is often to get out as quickly as possible. Before the service starts, look for exits. Look around and take note. Take another moment to think about those around you. You may be able to assist less ambulatory members of the congregation during an emergency.

Feeling safe

Feeling safe in church comes when we are willing to think through that which we would rather take for granted. While we may not want to think this way, it is important for all of us to be prepared and actively participate in the safety of our congregation and ourselves.

Safety Committee Members

Ron Kettler—Chair
Jennifer Barkis
Scott Broberg
Craig Cannon
June Johnson
Mark Maroney
Susan McBride
Brad McMahon
Jim Roberts
Daniel Urrutia
Mary Ann Williams

Links to Safety Procedure Documents

Contact Info

For questions/suggestions, please contact Kathy Williamson.

Medical emergencies during church

If a medical emergency occurs during the church service, the ushers/greeters will take the lead in assisting the victim. The pastors or the head usher will inform the congregation that there is a medical emergency and that 911 has been called. The pastors will call for any medically trained personnel in the congregation to assist in the medical emergency, then conclude the service and have the congregation move to Fellowship Hall while the medical emergency is ongoing.

Once the first responders depart the campus, the congregation will be informed and allowed to leave the church campus. Patience with these procedures is greatly appreciated.

Medical emergencies during church

If a medical emergency occurs during the church service, the ushers/greeters will take the lead in assisting the victim. The pastors or the head usher will inform the congregation that there is a medical emergency and that 911 has been called. The pastors will call for any medically trained personnel in the congregation to assist in the medical emergency, then conclude the service and have the congregation move to Fellowship Hall while the medical emergency is ongoing.

Once the first responders depart the campus, the congregation will be informed and allowed to leave the church campus. Patience with these procedures is greatly appreciated.