We want our Knox Family to be ready to respond appropriately in the event of a fire on Sunday morning. Below are the details of our emergency evacuation process. Contact Verna Hinman, Office Manager, if you have questions.
How will I know that I need to evacuate?
The Fire Alarm will sound – it is very loud and distinctive – you won’t miss it.
What should I do?
Exit the building from the nearest exterior door and move to the closest Marshalling Area. If you exit through the main entrance under the canopy, stay to the left as the Nursery and Toddler Rooms will exit to the right.
Who is in charge?
Ushers, Pastors and Elders will direct the initial evacuation from our building. Within eight minutes of an alarm sounding the fire department will arrive – the FIRE MARSHAL is in charge.
What about my children who are in the Early Childhood or other classrooms?
Our Children’s Ministry staff with the support of our deacons will be getting our children out of the building. Their procedure has been well thought-out and practiced; they know what they are doing. Please trust them. Children will be taken from their classrooms to one of the three Marshalling Areas in the parking lots – you may go to find them there. Do not leave with your children until teachers have taken attendance. This is our way of knowing that everyone has left the building.
What shouldn’t I do?
- Do not use the central staircase or elevator when evacuating the building.
- Do not go back into the building for any reason. If you have left personal belongings, don’t worry – we will try and retrieve those later.
- Do not leave the property. In the event of an emergency, vehicles leaving the Knox parking lots will impede the entry of emergency responders.
- Do not go to your children’s rooms to help them evacuate. We know it’s counter intuitive, but having parents go to the children’s rooms actually blocks their ability to exit the building.