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By Meredith Yackel
ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Winter
storm Juno hit areas of the Northeast early this week and continues to bring
moderate to heavy snow in some areas. Although its impact is less than
originally predicted, by noon Tuesday Juno had left parts of Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island with over a foot of
snow and a recorded 26.2 inches in Shrewsbury, Mass.
Strong wind gusts reached 30
mph Tuesday night in Boston and topped 70 mph in eastern Massachusetts. Sparse
coastal flooding has forced roads in some areas to close completely, and several
states either closed roads or imposed a limited travel ban. There are also an estimated
36,000 customers without power in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The greatest
impact of the storm occurred Tuesday night and moderate coastal flooding is expected
“The challenge is now, since
New York and other areas weren’t hit as bad as projected, it is easy to take an
attitude of complacency and not take preparedness with seriousness,” said Fritz
Wilson, executive director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) with the
North American Mission Board.
While trained SBDR
volunteers could be deployed for such a natural disaster if needed, Wilson said
blizzards are an example of the kind of event individuals and churches can
prepare for in advance.
“Our Ready Church initiative
is about being prepared for all disasters. The reason for churches and
Christians to be prepared is that when we are prepared, we can better cope with
the situation and minister to our neighbors,” said Wilson. Churches can connect
with a local SBDR director to learn more about how you can be prepared when a
storm, or any kind of disaster, hits close to home.
leaders want to enable churches to prepare, connect and respond within their
local context. Through the Disaster Relief network, both national and
international, Southern Baptists are able to respond with full support to
crises of all sizes. Ready Church empowers people to best connect with
their community in these times of need to spread the gospel.
more information on how you can become prepared visit http://www.baptistrelief.org.
wishing to donate to SBDR relief can contact the Baptist convention in
their state or visit https://donations.namb.net/dr-donations. For phone
donations, call 1-866-407-NAMB (6262) or mail checks to NAMB, P.O. Box 116543,
Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. Designate checks for “Disaster Relief.”
NAMB coordinates and manages Southern Baptist responses
to major disasters through partnerships with 42 state Baptist conventions, most
of which have their own state Disaster Relief ministries.
Southern Baptists have 65,000 trained
volunteers—including chaplains—and 1,550 mobile units for feeding, chainsaw,
mud-out, command, communication, child care, shower, laundry, water
purification, repair/rebuild and power generation. SBDR is one of the three
largest mobilizers of trained Disaster Relief volunteers in the United States,
along with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.
Yackel writes for the North American Mission Board.
Date Created: 1/27/2015 3:01:28 PM
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