JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A disaster, man-made or natural, can happen at any time, and one Jonesboro church wants to make sure they're ready in the event of an emergency.
Central Baptist Church in Jonesboro has one of the largest congregations in the region. They've recently decided to put together an Emergency Operation Plan.
Those involved in the planning have expertise in medical, emergency management, and military fields.
"From earthquakes to fire to any kind of man-made disaster or activity, we want to make sure we're prepared for all of those," Don Blackmore said.
Blackmore, the family ministries pastor at CBC, said through the plan, they've put different teams in place to help out in different areas.
"As far as the security team is concerned, they are helping us patrol our facility while we have people here worshiping. We want to make sure people worship freely and safely," Blackmore said. "We have a medical response team in case there is someone that has a medical emergency or if there's a crisis that takes place, we can respond."
Blackmore said it's like having certain members of the congregation on-call.
"Sunday morning, we have people who serve in the medical field that can be prepared and in a moment's notice, and can respond and help us out if there's a medical need," Blackmore said.
Part of the medical response side of things includes having bags strategically placed on the Central Baptist Church campus.
The bags are full of tools someone can use in a medical emergency situation.
Blackmore said having these teams in place gives members of CBC more opportunities to serve the church.
"We've had a tremendous response of people being willing to serve on the medical response team, people who have gifts and skills in those areas, who are licensed and certified," Blackmore said. "They might not want to teach in certain areas, they might want to serve in other ways."
Blackmore said if you are a member of Central Baptist Church with a medical background and you wish to be involved in the medical response team, contact him for more information.
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