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TCN eJournal - December
The Church Network



Emergency Evacuation Maps: Seven Tips


Increasingly, churches are implementing security plans and teams to protect members, visitors, and facilities. An important aspect of any Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is the posting of emergency evacuation maps in hallways and rooms.


While there are no specific OSHA guidelines on evacuation map design, there are a number of basic tenants that, when followed, will compliment a well-developed EAP.


• Posted evacuation maps inform staff, volunteers, and visitors of your EAP and show you’re serious about safety.

• First word in evacuation maps is “Clarity”!

• “You Are Here” notations, two egress paths per map (minimum), AED and fire extinguisher locations, etc.

• 8.5” X 11” is a very workable size

• Place near emergency lighting and where access to exits is not readily apparent.

• Provide digital copies to first responders

• Inform your insurance carrier


Michael Sawyer

Marketing Manager

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Employers Cut Costs but Give Better Healthcare


Medical expenses are the #1 leading cause of bankruptcies in the U.S. Yet, businesses continue to resort to traditional group plans that allow astronomical costs to pile up. It’s clear that healthcare needs to be rethought.


Employers around the U.S. are switching to high deductible health plans (HDHPs) in an effort to rethink employee health benefits, cut costs, and improve the quality of healthcare they provide their employees.


1. Calculate premium savings between copay plan vs. high deductible plan


2. Provide some of the savings back to the employees

• Health Savings Account (HSA) dollars can be spent on medical expenses

• Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) can be used for medical expenses

• Employees’ out of pocket expenses and maximum exposure drop

This model of reorganizing healthcare spending has promoted better consumerism and stewardship, saving money for the organization but also helping to provide the resources needed by employees for medical costs.




John Staub

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