I recently read a book called "The Unthinkable - Who survives when disaster strikes, and why" by Amanda Ripley. Since I live in a hurricane-prone part of the U.S., I thought it might have some good pointers. It turns out that there are many other storms of life where you could apply wisdom found in the book than just the occasional hurricane. Captain Sully, who successfully carried out the emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, offshore from Manhattan, New York City, on January 15, 2009, thus saving the lives of the 155 people on the aircraft would probably agree as well. You CAN plan your next disaster in advance.
Why is this relevant to a forum comprised mostly of musicians and worship team? Because while some ministers or other church leaders may have had a little exposure or training on handling a crises, that is not usually the case when it comes to folk like us. So here it goes...I'm going to pose some questions, and then let's see if the discussion can provide some insight.
The main points of the book, by the way, were:
Anticipate, Rehearse, Survive. You can't stop to think during a disaster.
So, What Would You Do if:
1. The electricity went out for the stage / platform area
2. The electricity went out for the entire building
3. An ice storm / other type of storm severely impacted the ability of people to move around before the
4. An ice storm / other type of storm severely impacted the ability of people to move around during the
5. Some one in the audience has a heart attack / gets violently sick during worship.
6. Some one in the audience becomes disruptive.
7. Some one rushes the platform and tries to grab the microphone.
8. There is a strong smell of smoke / signs of smoke when the worship set is in process.
9. A fire alarm is pulled while worship is in process.
10. A bomb threat is called into the office.
11. A strange device is found in the men's room during the service.
12. A call comes from the nursery that a child is missing.
13. A call comes from children's ministry that a strange man has burst into one of the rooms and is acting
in a threatening manner.
14. Someone finds 2 people in a compromising situation before / during the service. (Could be adult, could be teens).
15. A child comes out of Sunday School and says that someone touched them (in an inappropriate manner).
16. A news reporter and van suddenly show up outside the service.
17. The minister calls and his vehicle has been in an accident and he won't be coming.
18. The roof begins to leak and water is coming down on the stage / sound booth.
19. The bulb in the projector suddenly burns out.
20. The heating / cooling system stops working just as you start.