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Disaster Response

Coronavirus

You can find Bishop’s first video on congregational care at this link.

 

More resources:

You can find streamed worship services from across the synod by clicking here.

To read the letter from Bishop Suarez to the synod regarding Coronavirus (March 13), please click here.

To read the letter from Bishop Suarez to the synod regarding Coronavirus (March 5), please click here.

To read the ELCA’s response to public health, please click here.

To find the Congregational Planning Checklist for a Pandemic and other resources, please click here.

You can find “Worship in Times of Public Health Concerns” document by the ELCA (2009), at this link.

You can find a bulletin insert for Coronavirus precautions here (PDF version): Bulletin Insert Pandemic Precaution

You can find a bulletin insert for Coronavirus precautions here (Word document): Bulletin Insert Pandemic Precaution (Word) (this document can be edited for your local context)

To read the most recent information and guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), please click here.

You can find a PDF document for children and disease prevention here: Tips for Kids

You can find a fact-sharing PDF from the CDC here: CDC Share Facts

Hurricane Dorian

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Hurricane Dorian was the most powerful tropical cyclone on record to strike the Bahamas and is regarded as the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.

Hurricane Dorian made landfall on Grand Bahamas Island and Abacos Island as Category 5 hurricane on September 1, 2019 and hovered over the islands for 2 days battering islands with up to 185 MPH winds.

Nearly 3500 homes were damaged by the storm with over 400 being completely destroyed. Roughly 1500 homes had medium to major damage while 1350 homes had minor damage. 70% of these homes were uninsured. The initial response to this tragedy has been wonderful: supplying food, water, and clothing to the residents of Grand Bahamas. Now, nearly 6 months after the storm, the need for assistance continues as we repair homes and try to help reestablish a sense of normalcy. The Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response, together with our congregation in Freeport, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, is providing much needed assistance, but we continue to need your help.  Volunteer groups, as well as funding, continues to be needed to accomplish our 5-year plan to restore the lives of our siblings in Christ on Grand Bahamas island.

For more information on how to get involved or how to get your congregation prepared for disaster, contact Jim Habermehl.

For more information about disaster our disaster response plan, see the page here.

 

Hurricane Michael

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In October 2018, Hurricane Michael struck several of the United States, including Florida, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina (source: Lutheran Disaster Response). Hurricane Michael made landfall as an unprecedented Category 5 Hurricane in the Florida Panhandle region with maximum sustained wind speeds of  140 knots (161 mph) and a minimum pressure 919 mb. The storm caused catastrophic damage from wind and storm surge, particularly in the Panama City Beach to Mexico Beach to Cape San Blas areas. The widespread damage spread well inland as Hurricane Michael remained at hurricane strength into southwest Georgia (source: National Weather Service).

The Florida-Bahamas Synod Disaster Response, together with our congregation in Panama City, Messiah Lutheran Church, is providing much needed assistance, but we continue to need your help.  Volunteer groups, as well as funding, continues to be needed to accomplish our plan to restore the lives of our siblings in Christ in the Panhandle.  Contact Kim Hopkins (kimh@fbsynod.org) if you or your group are interested in volunteering in the Panhandle.

For more information on how to get involved or how to get your congregation prepared for disaster, contact Jim Habermehl.

For more information about disaster our disaster response plan, see the page here.

Below is a video shared at the 2019 Synod Assembly giving an update on the impact and response in the Panhandle: