How timely it seems that we just finished working our way through Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in our morning worship services and recently talked about His "Good News for Stormy Weather." Perhaps you recall the three main points from Pastor Pence's message on August 27:
1. Everyone faces "faith storms" sooner or later.
2. Storm preparation is a key to storm survival.
3. The ultimate storm authority is Jesus Christ--listen to and obey Him.
Our pastor stressed that the big question is not, "How do we control the weather?" The big question is, "Are we building so that we are prepared for whatever faith storms head our way?"
The state of emergency declared by Florida Governor Rick Scott due to the approaching threat of Hurricane Irma calls for wise precautions and prudent action. Although storm paths and intensity are not totally unpredictable, it is always best to prepare for the worst, while praying for the best.
As a member of our church family, we urge you to think about what you need to do to evacuate or stay safe if damaging winds, rain, and floods come our way. Remain alert and obey official notices. Think about your neighbors and any help they may need. And certainly pray for the Lord's protection for our community and others if the storm follows a path through Florida, as current predictions warn it may.
HERE ARE SOME PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS FOR YOU TO TAKE RIGHT NOW:
1. Read the Hernando County Hurricane Disaster Planning Guide available here.
Review the list of emergency shelters below or locate the nearest shelter through the link above inside the Disaster Planning Guide (click on the option for "Hernando County Evacuation Route Map with Shelter Locations").
2. Prepare your disaster supplies kit.
Store all items in air-tight plastic bags and an easy-to-carry container or tub. Items include: battery operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries, cash, one gallon of water per person per day for up to three days, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods, first aid kit, essential medications, sanitary supplies (toilet paper, soap, feminine or personal hygiene items), bedding and one complete change of clothing and footwear per person, special items (medical equipment, work gloves, extra set of keys, eye glasses, baby supplies, important family documents—will, insurance policies, deeds, stocks, bonds, passport, Social Security card, immunization/medical records, bank account and credit card info, important phone numbers, household inventory, family records).
3. Plan your evacuation route if ordered to leave your home by authorities.
Otherwise, identify a safe room in your home or a neighbor's home, and talk about escape routes if needed from there.
4. Be aware of your nearest emergency shelter options.
If you must evacuate your home, be sure to have important contact information related to storm recovery. Again, see a list of local shelters and emergency numbers below.
5. Agree on a family meeting place and a back-up meeting place.
In the event anyone gets separated during the storm, make sure your family knows where to meet (a specific emergency shelter, your church, a friend or neighbor's home, etc.).
HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO KNOW IN ADVANCE CONCERNING OUR CHURCH'S STORM PREPARATION AND RESPONSE READINESS:
1. Our church building is not an approved emergency shelter. However, our high visibility and accessibility will make us a valuable community asset for recovery efforts in the aftermath of a significant storm event should it occur. We encourage our friends and neighbors to go to an approved emergency shelter as their first option. Of course, if requested by local emergency authorities to handle overflow or emergency situations, the church will open for temporary shelter.
2. In the aftermath of a storm, Brooksville Wesleyan facilities will be available as an operational or distribution site for first responders and recovery efforts, in cooperation with civil authorities and first responders.
All Sunday services and activities are cancelled for September 10. Keep up to date with pertinent information about church activities via our email newsletter (click here).
APPROVED EMERGENCY SHELTERS:
- Challenger K-8 School—13400 Elgin Blvd., Spring Hill, 34609
- Deltona Elementary—2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, 34606
- Nature Coast Technical High School—4057 California St., Brooksville, 34604
- Fox Chapel Middle School—9412 Fox Chapel Lane, Spring Hill, 34606
- Moton Elementary—7175 Emerson Road, Brooksville, 34601
- Chocachatti Elementary—4135 California St., Brooksville, 34604
- Hernando High School—700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, 34601
- Springstead High School—3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 34609
- West Hernando Middle School—14325 Ken Austin Pkway, Brooksville, 34613
- Explorer K-8 School—10252 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608
- Weeki Wachee High School—12150 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee, 34614
- D.S. Parrott Middle School—19220 Youth Drive, Brooksville, 34601
- Winding Waters K-8—12240 Vespa Way, Weeki Wachee, 34614
- Central High School—14075 Ken Austin Parkway, Brooksville, 34613
IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION:
- EMERGENCY DIAL 9-1-1
- Local Radio Station WWJB 1460 AM
- Brooksville Police 352-540-3800
- Emergency Management 352-754-4083
- Florida Highway Patrol 352-754-6767
- Duke Energy 800-228-8485
- Public Information Center 352-754-4083
- Hernando County Sheriff 352-754-6830
- Hernando County Fire Rescue 352-540-4353
- Brooksville Fire Dept. 352-540-3840
- Solid Waste 352-754-4037
- Withlacoochee River Electric Coop 352-596-4000
- American Red Cross 352-564-8455
- Catholic Charities 352-686-9897
- Salvation Army 352-796-1186
- United Way 352-688-2026