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Building Committee Report 5-13

Building Committee: Supplementary Reports

5th Month, 19, 2013

Note: The following two items are supplements to the 4th Month committee report. Business meeting at that time requested additional information. The following is a report by the convener of the committee after discussions with others.


1. Installation of and training in using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).

Discussion of the Meeting acquiring and training in the use of an AED for certain emergency heart conditions has been informally discussed over the past several years. With our hosting a SFFD crew which covers Canyon Road on a pre-planning visit in late March, we were encouraged to investigate acquiring the device and offered training in its use. The building committee’s scope of work is obviously outside making the decision to acquire and maintain an AED unit.


The purpose for the Meeting having an AED is to be able to respond quickly to a member or attender’s unstable heart condition ahead of an ambulance’s arrival. Following a 911 call, this could be between six and ten minutes.


The Meeting has a range of medical professionals and others certified in EMT technology. It seems appropriate that an ad hoc committee could be formed by business meeting to discuss this issue using their collective knowledge and experience to recommend any appropriate actions.


The building committee could assume responsibility for installing a AED unit’s wall bracket, which is usually placed in an accessible position on a wall. In the Meeting’s case, this means paying special attention to using fasteners appropriate for adobe walls. Proximity to an electric outlet for charging batteries might also be a consideration.


ACTION: Should the Meeting create an ad hoc committee to explore the desirability and costs of acquiring and training in the use of an AED unit?


2. Providing Internet access for guest apartment visitors and also other parts of the meetinghouse.

With increasing dependence of the Internet for various uses in daily life, visitors in the Meeting’s guest apartment are inquiring about its availability in the guest apartment. At the time that a telephone line was installed some 13 years ago, it was possible for early laptop users to connect with the Internet using now obsolete dial-up connectivity via the phone line.


We have provided the ramada with Wi-Fi connectivity for roughly seven years. This is through a DSL subscription added to the Meeting’s telephone line serviced by the local company, Cybermesa. The line connects to a Wi-Fi unit. Residents can take reservations for the guest apartment as well as communicate by e-mail with Meeting members and attenders, especially for conducting Meeting business. It is also possible for guest apartment occupants to obtain the code for this Wi-Fi unit and use their portable computer in close proximity to the ramada in the garden, weather permitting.


There are two ways to provide the guest apartment with Internet service:

(a) Adding DSL availability to the separate guest apartment phone service with direct wire connection to guests’ computers. This may require adding a modem to accommodate computers which only receive transmitted signals.

(b) If technically feasible, adding a Wi-Fi unit to the existing phone line in the meetinghouse which ties into the ramada/meetinghouses’s existing DSL service. This would mean that the meetinghouse would become Internet accessible in the library, meetingroom, First Day schoolroom, and portal. For privacy protection, a code would be used to enter the system. This solution may require writing policy for who can have access to our Internet connection.


ACTION: What additional data are needed to decide on expanding the Meeting’s Internet access? How to proceed?


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