Is your church prepared to handle such an emergency? Do you have the equipment and supplies in place to help and possibly save a life, or at minimum, stabilize until professional help arrives? Every church may not be able to have a doctor on standby; however, each church should have a basic plan to handle a medical emergency within their facility. In addition to medical emergencies it is important to understand challenges related to members with chronic medicals problems, as well as assisting families with special needs children. Many churches also face challenges with mentally unstable or depressed members, guests or walk-ins.