Pastors and congregational representatives,
According to the National Weather Service NWS, Florence may be the strongest storm to hit coastal Carolina since Hazel in 1954. Week of Compassion is monitoring the storm’s progress and have already been in touch with leaders in the Florida, North and South Carolina Regions in preparation for the storm. (sent earlier today by email) Week of Compassion will continue to provide immediate and long-term support. Please continue to pray for the many who are in the path of this storm.
As for Hurricane Florence and South Carolina if you have not yet, “Prepare for this hurricane now!”: Below is an evacuation checklist prepared by the American Red Cross and the Insurance Information Institute. It may be redundant or miss something important to you, however, a good start. Should you evacuate, first take pictures on your cell phone or camera of the contents and exterior of your homes, business and churches.
Some are just recovering financially from Hurricane Matthew when Week of Compassion was able to help congregations in South Carolina. Should you or your congregation request assistance after Hurricane Florence, you will be required to complete the attached application also available at the regional office. Pictures or an invoice for reimbursement will help validate claims. Assistance will be in the form of a stipend check to help with deductable and those in immediate need.
Note: Two of our sister churches located in Columbia area has offered help to anyone that evacuate to the Columbia Area and is in need of shelter. Please see contact information below
Charles “Chuck” Clary
Pastor FCC Columbia
Susie Cobb (Joseph)
His Cell: 803-603-0125
Pastor: Agape CC, Columbia SC
God’s blessings for you, your ministries and all of those in your prayers,
Pete L. Godbey
Pete L. Godbey
Regional moderator CC in SC DOC)
Here’s what should be in your emergency survival kit
If disaster were to strike your area, are you prepared with necessities in the event of an emergency?
The Red Cross suggests you have the following 15 must-have items for your emergency survival kit:
Water: one gallon per person, per day (three-day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)
Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (three-day for evacuation, two-week for home)
Battery-powered radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) Extra batteries
First aid kit; Medications (seven-day supply minimum) and medical items
Sanitation and personal hygiene items
Copies of personal documents (see list below)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact information
Map(s) of the area
Most of us just need to do basic preparation. Don’t forget about financial preparations!
Having your financial documents in a safe place is really important to picking up the pieces later.
Insurance policies (or any related/contact information you can find if you’re in a hurry)
Prescriptions and/or important medical records
Birth and marriage certificates
Drivers license or personal identification
Social Security cards
Wills, deeds and recent tax returns
Stocks, bonds and other negotiable certificates
Bank, savings and retirement account numbers
Copies of your pet’s medical records
Any other identification/tags for your pets and/or pet carrier
You’ll probably also want to consider an external hard drive to back up your data. And to really have peace of mind when it comes to data, back it up twice by also uploading it to a free cloud service.
Think about the best ways to get in touch with loved ones
Communication with loved ones during a natural disaster. Wired recommends the following:
-Don’t call. Leave the lines open for first responders. -Text. AT&T recommends using text messages rather — the smaller data packets can often sneak through while the larger voice files get stuck.
If you’re the loved one and people are trying to reach you:
-Get to a hardwired data connection. If you’re in an impacted area, a cable Internet connection might be your best bet — these fatter pipes are made to handle larger surges of traffic. Plus, they have a decent track record of withstanding worst-case scenarios.
Think viral. Email your mom, update your Facebook status, tweet your condition and whereabouts. Whether you’re totally fine or in desperate need of help, let the viral nature of the Internet work .
-Update your voicemail message. If you can make only one call, make it to your voicemail. Change your outgoing message, so when folks try to reach you and the call goes straight to voicemail, they still get updated on your status.
~It’s no fun to be unprepared. These are simple things you can do that require minimal money and minimal investment of time!
Good morning ministers and congregations of the Christian Church in South Carolina,
We pray for God’s protection as the east coast braces for the impact of Hurricane Florence.
Please take prudent precautions for your members and property. Stay tuned to your local emergency services for most current information as the track of this dangerous storm approaches the Carolina Coast. Also, be prepared to support coastal communities in our region and those in North Carolina.
Please be advised that some sister congregations may be called upon to be of assistance as needed in case there is an ordered evacuation by Governor McMasters. Attached is a congregational listing to assist you if you need the address and phone of a church outside the path of the hurricane. Keep the Regional Office apprised of any needs you think we can be of assistance.
God bless you, your ministries and all of those in your prayers,
Pastor Edward Cushingberry
Pastor Deveta Brown
Pete L. Godbey
For the Regional Board, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in South Carolina
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in South Carolina
PO Box 80536
Charleston, SC 29416
Regional Church Office: 843.852.4537 or 800.637.2718 Fax: 843.852.4538
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