IN RETROSPECT Hurricane Season is Here By Bill and Lisa Rhan
Florida Conference Disaster Response Coordinators
Top hurricane experts from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said May 21 the 2001 Atlantic hurricane season likely will have normal levels of activity, bringing fewer storms than the past three years. However, officials advised residents in Atlantic and Gulf Coast states to be prepared for storms, high winds and flooding throughout the season, which began June 1 and ends Nov. 30. There has already been one tropical storm in the Atlantic named Allison that formed June 5.
Are you prepared for the hurricane season? The conferences Disaster Response Ministries offers the following tips to help you have a safe season.
Enter the Season Prepared!
If you live in a coastal area, identify your evacuation route. Get information on emergency planning in your area by contacting your local Emergency Management office.
Advisories and Warnings!
A hurricane watch is issued when a hurricane becomes a threat to coastal areas. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane winds or a combination of dangerously high water and very roughs seas are expected in a specific coastal area within 24 hours. Your local Emergency Management Office will keep you informed by using the local media, such as television and radio.
During the Hurricane!
Remain indoors. Blowing debris can kill. Be wary of the eye and the brief lull in winds. On the other side of the eye, winds will rapidly increase and blow from the opposite direction.
After the Hurricane Has Passed!
Your Disaster Response Team
The Florida Conference Disaster Response Team is working to help, prepare and respond. It keeps in close contact with local churches, officials and organizations to unite community efforts and foster close relationships. The United Methodist Church makes every effort to respond to a disaster situation as soon as possible.
Response efforts continue throughout the year with training, awareness, and food and supply collections for the supply depot in High Springs. Disaster Response Ministries maintains a large truck for transporting goods. If you would like more information on how you can help, contact Bill or Lisa Rhan at 386-454-7775. Financial contributions can be made through your local church, designated Conference Disaster Response #717. We hope you have a safe season.
In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these, you have done it unto me. (Mt. 25:40)
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