Tornado Safety – Place of Worship – Missouri StormAware

Lift up your voice, rejoice.

Jefferson City’s Concord Baptist Church is a very busy place on Sunday.

More than 800 people can be in the sanctuary, fellowship halls, classrooms and meeting rooms during each of two morning services.

This is Section A.

In Section A, you would go out this door, and go down the hallway and into the stairs.

Section D, they will go up these steps, go out that door.

Deacon Dale Schmidt says with so many people, and four different levels in the large complex, the congregation decided it needed a comprehensive severe weather emergency plan to calmly and quickly get everyone to safe places in the lowest levels of the complex.

If we know there is some type of a storm coming up, we will on the boards, we will use that we will remind the congregation which exits they are to use.

High roofs and steel beamed roofs do not stand up to high winds, just because of the broad spans that they are, so we need to get people out of those situations so we can keep them safe.

Evacuating the sanctuary without any bottlenecks.

And they would come out this door, and they would go down these steps.

Is just one part of Concord Baptist’s severe weather emergency plan.

Section D is the only section that would be utilizing these stairs.

There is space for hundreds of people below ground level or partially below ground level.

While church members from the sanctuary would be taking cover in the basement or interior rooms.

These are two kindergarten classes here.

The three levels of classrooms, all above ground, would simultaneously be evacuated downstairs.

The priority is getting people away from windows and exterior rooms, and getting them to the lowest levels of the church complex.

We have them going to different stairwells, so that again there won’t be a choke point where we have people waiting to get down the stairs.

Schmidt says the church’s plan calls for Sunday school teachers to keep all their students together.

Parents know they will be reunited with their children in prearranged locations in the safe areas downstairs.

They know to come down this hallway, exit this door.

Practicing reassures the younger children, and they’re reminded that they’ll be reunited with their parents, where it’s safe.

They’re interior walls, they’re all concrete all around, so these are all secure areas.

By developing and sharing its comprehensive severe weather emergency plan with its hundreds of members, Concord Baptist Church has taken a powerful step in being StormAware.

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