As we woke up this morning (Friday, September 2nd) Hurricane Hermine has come ashore it Florida and made its way across the state. It is hard to believe that this is the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in over a decade. Fortunately, to date, there are no reports of loss of life.
As the hurricane continues along its path it will bring rainfall and flooding then return to sea. At that point it becomes unclear which direction and what intensity it make take.
But there is the potential for impact here in New England, particularly along the South Coast, Cape and Islands. It is always good for our churches to prepare. This includes preparing the church, connecting with families (including those who are homebound or ill) and checking in with local officials on ways the church may be helpful within its community (before, during and after the event).
Our UCC Disaster Ministries continues to stay on top of disaster response to this and every disaster. Working with our local churches, our ecumenical and interfaith partners, and our partnerships with governement and non profits, our UCC is able to help coordinate getting resources quickly and effectively where they are most needed. You can find out more (and how to donate) at ucc.org/disaster .
Our Massachusetts Conference Disaster Resource Teams have developed a lot of resources to help churches determine the best way for the church and individuals to prepare for hurricanes and other disasters. Find them at: macucc.org/disasterresourcee.
Contact us if you have any questions.
for the Disaster Response Team.
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