Surviving a Disaster - for Pastors

Hopefully you have read the section on preparedness.  However there are some things you should be aware of during a disaster.  It’s all about safety.  Things can be replaced.  People cannot. This website should not be the place you go to if a serious storm  is heading your way however if you read this ahead of time you may have some insight into taking care of yourself and your family.

Top six things to think about

1. If you have to evacuate, please let people know who are not in the evacuation zone That means if you have out-of-town relatives or friends please let them know where you’re going.  They will be worried about you.
2. If you have to evacuate, one never knows where the storms can eventually go.  It is wise to book hotels in three different areas so that you have some possibilities which means a safe place if the storm is approaching.
3. You should know by now that it’s important to have a go bag. A go bag should include water, food, important papers, medicine, and cash  If you happen to leave late the ATMs may not be working.
4. If you are uncertain about whether or not you should evacuate, when in doubt be conservative. It’s always better to head out of town early then fighting the traffic at the last minute.
5. People will want to contact you to make sure you’re safe, so it’s helpful to make sure that you have a telephone directory of people to call.
6. If you have pets you need to think about what it may be like to be living with your pets not at home. Since Katrina shelters have become more open to having pets, but not all hotels take pets.  You should be aware of this.