This has been a difficult few weeks for many people in our country facing storms and flooding in the Southeast as well as wildfires in the West. It’s a humbling reminder that we are at the mercy of nature; yet even amid storm and suffering, God remains steadfast with us. As the psalmist writes: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46).”
As we closely track Irma and Jose, it is an appropriate time to brush up on our disaster preparedness. Our Council is following a hurricane plan, which outlines steps to secure our property and ensure that our members are safe. One of our chief concerns is that all our members can stay safe before, during, and after a disaster. To that end, we are collecting a list of folks who may need extra help with preparations or evacuation. If you know of a member who we should check on (or you are one), please contact us at the office.
In the event of an evacuation, please follow the instructions of our local, state, and national authorities. Our building is not a shelter. Some areas may not be sound in high winds and we do not have the capacity to provide the necessary food, medicine, and security. Should the need arise, we will publish a list of the local official shelters in the area.
Let us continue to hold up all those affected by disaster today in our prayers:
Loving God, in the communion of Christ, we are joined with the trials and sufferings of all. Be with those who endure the wind and rain. Protect those in the path of danger. Open the pathway of evacuations. Help loved ones find one another in the chaos. Provide assistance to those who need help. Ease the fears of all and make your presence known in the stillness of your peace; Through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen