We’ve always worked hard at having a really, solid emergency response plan.
We had five instances this summer where we had paramedics in and they’ve always said we’re really organized. As soon as they punch it into their computer, the response plan comes up and they know who’s meeting them when they get here.
Yet, it goes beyond that. What if we had a fire? At our meeting, there were seven of us, so we would be okay, but what if there were more around? We don’t do a fire drill, so we put a procedure together to do that.
We had tornado warnings this year and we’ve never had that before, but life is changing as we know it when it comes to the weather. We don’t have muster points, signage or anything publicized to our members, so we’ve started to drill down on the policies and procedures.
We’ve got 148 acres, potentially full of people and you just can’t take a risk on that. Whether it’s a tornado or lightning and you can’t find one person, I couldn’t live with myself if we didn’t have some kind of system to make sure that didn’t happen.
I sit on the board for the Foothills Country Hospice not far from here, It’s an eight-bed facility and we were discussing signs, evacuations and muster points recently. You have people on oxygen and people who can’t walk. What do you do?
That’s what we’re talking about in our meetings. At the end of the day, you’re not just working with a 4,000-square-foot building, you could be working with 200 people on the golf course at any given time.
What are you going to do? How are you going to do it and what do members need to know to do it successfully. Those are topics we’re dealing with in our meetings.
You can never stop talking about such things.