2018 Hurricane Season Began June 1

Janie Ray

As good stewards of our Christian lives, relationships and finances, it is also important to be good examples for our family, friends and neighbors regarding preparing for the known and unknown. One of those key areas of planning in Florida is hurricane preparedness.

The Florida hurricane season extends from June 1 to November 31, bringing with it the potential of unleashing one of nature’s most powerful natural disasters we can experience in our state. Your preparation is important and often critical to your family’s security, comfort and survival.

Many websites provide detailed action planning steps. One comprehensive state-provided site offers a 20-page guide online; the PDF format enables you to print it so you can keep it handy. Visit floridahealth.gov, then search for the Emergency Preparedness Guide. Also, you can pick up a variety of printed hurricane guides and tracking charts that will soon start appearing free in stores as well as in the newspaper.

You may be wondering why your church is focused on hurricane season. The answer is simple: These natural disasters can devastate communities and people’s lives. Who better to serve them and help them repair their lives than the church? This is exactly what our Northland Disaster Response Team does through our efforts locally and wherever we may be called to serve.

If you are new to Florida, we encourage you to take the necessary steps to become familiar with all the ways to prepare for this unique season. If you’ve experienced these challenging storms, please reacquaint yourself and your family to ensure you are as ready as you can be. Your preparedness can and will make a difference.

Hurricane Basic Home Kit

  • Water (1 gallon per person)
  • Food (primarily nonperishable)
  • NOAA weather radio (battery-powered, hand crank)
  • First-aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Flashlights, candles, matches
  • Towelettes, baby wipes, paper towels
  • Whistle for signaling help
  • Small tool kit, dust masks, plastic sheeting, duct tape
  • Paper plates, kitchen utensils, manual can opener
  • Emergency numbers list
  • Cell phone batteries and extra charging devices
  • Be mindful of unique family member needs; i.e., babies, seniors, pets and the disabled

Recommendation: A minimum of 72 hours worth of applicable supplies

Is Disaster Recovery for You?
Come join our team in serving others in their time of need. If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I’m only one person – what can I do?” here’s your chance.

Contact Judy Head at 407-388-5798 or judy.head@northlandchurch.net.