Disaster Resource Team urges preparation for Hurricane Irene

8/26/2011

Hurricane Irene Captured August 25, 2011

The Massachusetts Conference Disaster Resource Team is urging individuals and congregations to make preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irene. The team sent the following email out on Friday, August 26:

A message from your Massachusetts Conference UCC Disaster Resource Team

No doubt you are all aware that Hurricane Irene is heading in our direction. Right now Irene is a very powerful hurricane, but will possibly weaken some as it moves up the coast. Still, the track is far from certain.  And there is no doubt that we will have heavy winds and torrential rains no matter what track Irene follows. This remains a dangerous situation for all of southern New England. We face the potential for flooding rains, a coastal storm surge, wind damage to property, power outages and a slight chance or tornadic activity.

 We will be monitoring the situation and are ready with Conference and National resources should the need arise.
 
Over the next few days here are some suggestions:
 
First,  for you and your church members as individuals:
Second, As church people of faith you have a vital role in the health and recovery of your community:
  • Be sure folks in the church are aware of the contact information for your church's insurance coverage.
  • Your church may be called upon as a place of shelter during and immediately after the storm.  Having folks ready to offer hospitality and food may be helpful.
  • Beyond the immediate impact your church could be a critical facility to help coordinate and house recovery efforts.  Stay attentive to ways in which your community may look to you for spiritual and practical support.
If there are needs created by this hurricane or resources you may need in the recovery efforts, your MACUCC Disaster Resource Team may be able to help. Please contact us!
Jim Tilbe jtilbe@comcast.net, 774-696-4587
Don Remick remickd@macucc.org, 781-890-1444
Peter Wells  WellsP@macucc.org, 413-244-6079
 
Also, keep us posted on what is happening in your community on the Massachusetts Conference Facebook Page.
 
 


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