In youth ministry, you never know where circumstances may lead. Having an emergency plan and a list of emergency contacts is vital to quickly and effectively handling unforeseen situations.
Unexpected interruptions happen. The key is knowing how to respond.
- Where are the emergency exits? (Would students know where to exit the building?) If you’re not sure, check with your church property rep (or equivalent).
- Where’s the evacuation meeting place?
- In what situations would you require a lockdown?
- Do students know the address/location of your church?
Prepare—and keep updated—a list of contacts. Some of these contact groups are for immediate emergencies; others are for crisis/urgent situations. As you compile these, ensure the appropriate leaders know how to access these contacts.
Police: ___________________________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
Fire: ____________________________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
Ambulance: _______________________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
Child/Family Services/CAS: ____________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
Counsellor: _______________________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
While the following are not for emergency purposes, it’s helpful to have the contact information available.
School Principal: ___________________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
Mental Health Services: ______________________________ (_______) _______ – ____________
What other contacts would you have on hand? Add it to the comments.