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St Michael's Emergency Plan
In 2010 a lot of measures were put in place in preparation for a potential influenza epidemic. In the event we were not unduly affected but we do now have a plan in place to face a serious public emergency. Please note that the pastoral care for those who are ill or bereaved offered by the clergy and others is extended to ALL members of our parish and not simply for church goers. Here is the outline provision:
Notification of any emergency measures or instructions issued by national bodies will be passed on to the congregation by the Vicar using the email circulation network which has been set up. General reminders to stay away if exhibiting symptoms of infectious disease will also be sent out in this way. A cascade system is in place to reach those without computer access. Anyone living in the parish who is not a regular church goer can request inclusion on the email pastoral list using the contact information on this website, or using the information in the church magazine and church public noticeboard.
Church services will continue as usual as far as is practically possible, in which case one or more of the following will be put into effect: use of antibacterial hand gel, paper towels provided with instant black bag disposal in place, reducing physical contact during 'the Peace', restricting use of the Chalice at Communion, daily/weekly bulletins to be sent via email and posted on the website by the Vicar depending on the status level set by local and national agencies. In addition a 'Good neighbour' policy will be encouraged. A weekly status notice to be displayed in church.
In the event of a public quarantine being enforced one or more of the following will be put into effect: daily bulletins to be sent via email and posted on the website by the Vicar; daily worship provision will be posted on the website; a service of 'Spiritual communion for those confined to home' and other spiritual provision will also be made available on the website; hard copies will be posted to those without online access; those who are ill to notify the Vicar by email or telephone at the earliest possible opportunity; the Vicar to make sure 'flu friends and neighbours are notified; the clergy will try to visit those who are ill but not the well to avoid spreading disease; a handover system is in place in the event the Vicar and other clergy become ill;
After an emergency - again notification of the end of any special measures will be be sent out by the Vicar at the earliest opportunity using the Pastoral email network (+cascade to those not online); special services of thanksgiving for those who have recovered will be held; services for the bereaved will also be arranged as requested/required.
The full policy, of which this is an outline, has been agreed by the Parochial Church Council and is to be renewed annually at the first PCC meeting after the Annual Parish Meeting. The Pastoral Contact List data to be brought up to date in November & December each year.