Update of Flooding Recovery - August 2016
Our hearts are moved to prayer and compassion as we hear the stories of flooding throughout the country. We have witnessed throughout our own District the support and help of those who provide financial, material, and "boots on the ground" resources. We know that in these moments, the mercy of God becomes very real to someone who is in the midst of the destruction and disruption that disaster creates.
As we pray for those impacted by the floods of Ellicott City, MD and Baton Rouge, LA we also remember that in California there are wild fires blazing throughout the state and violence has disrupted in cities across our country. We pray for God's mercy and intervention - an end to violence and calm in the midst of the destruction that is around us.
Read our latest Disaster Response newsletter here.
Now is a good time to review your readiness plans in the event a disaster happens in your community. Check your lists, your phone numbers, your contact system, and your batteries.
Know your congregation's emergency response procedures so that you are able to check in with members and your communities. Be ready to offer the church facilities as emergency gathering places or safe places - if you are able.
Finally, know that if the worse happens and you are in the midst of the disaster, there are additional resources and help available through the larger church. Sally Hiller and the Southeastern District Office stand ready to assist in connecting you with resources through Lutheran Disaster Response, LCMS Disaster Response, and a host of SED congregations and people who are prepared and ready to serve as early responders.
The Southeastern District has numerous resources to assist in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. Check the resource page on the right. If you are interested in a congregational training session (for church, home, and community) contact Liz.
The Southeastern District Disaster Response Task Force works to collect and provide information to assist congregations and members to be prepare for times of disaster.
The Southeastern District encourages:
_____ each congregation to identify a disaster coordinator for the congregation. Please forward a name and contact information on a contact for your congregation to firstname.lastname@example.org
____each congregation to prepare a congregational disaster plan (a six module program to assist in this planning has been developed by the district task force and is available from the link above.
A series of video modules developed for Congregations
Disaster Preparedness Resources - this page is a link to resources for congregations