Church evacuated after bomb threat

Sept 26, 2010:  Emergency personnel evacuated approximately 30 staff members for a half hour at the First United Methodist Church on Webb Ave. and Braun St. Wednesday morning after a bomb threat was phoned into the church.

Dianne Speicher, a staff member of the church, said she answered the phone and a voice said, “There’s a bomb in the building. You have 30 minutes.”

“I called 911 and then pulled the fire alarm to evacuate,” Speicher said.

Crossville Assistant Fire Chief Chris South and Crossville Police Patrolman Chad Withrow, along with Cumberland County EMS, responded to the scene.

After investigating the church grounds, South said there was no evidence of anything suspicious and no deliveries had been made to the church.  Question:  Is your church prepared for a bomb threat?  Do you have Emergency Action Plans in place and has your staff and volunteers been trained on how to properly handle these types of emergencies?  What training has your staff and volunteers received and do you conduct quarterly drills to reinforce your training and policy & procedures.   If the answer to any of these questions are no, call WSSC Ministries today and we will get started on designing site specific emergency actions plans and training in dealing with all types of disasters and emergencies.  It just might mean the difference between life and death!

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