Statement from Archbishop Pinder on

Hurricane Preparations 2017

To All Pastors and Administrators:

We are now in the month of June.  June 1 to November 30 is the Hurricane Season.  It is a period of six months.  The past two hurricane seasons, 2015 and 2016, our nation experienced direct hits from Hurricanes Joaquin and Matthew.  So the memories of just how destructive a hurricane can be is still very much alive among us.  There can be no doubt that we must be properly prepared during this season.  In that regard, I repeat what we already know so well:

  1. The time to begin our hurricane preparations is right now.  The essentials of preparation do not change.  Nor must we be lax in observing them. What follows is a reminder of what we already know.  

During the hurricane season we should maintain the following items in our homes:

  • non-perishable food (for example: canned goods)

  • drinking water (enough to last at least a week)

  • prescription medicines (at the very least a week’s supply)

  • flashlights, batteries, a transistor radio, a manual can opener and

  • first aid kit

  1. We should ensure that all our hurricane shutters and the tools necessary for putting them in place are available.  Our advance preparation can eliminate the last minute rush to purchase supplies.  Having an adequate supply of food, water and medicine is critical for coping during the difficult days of post hurricane recovery, should we come to that.

  2. Every household should have clear evacuation plans in the event of flooding or severe winds which your structure may not be able to withstand.  Put together a plan to seek shelter with a relative or friend whose home is more secure than your own and who is willing and able to accommodate you.

  3. If you plan to seek refuge in a designated Hurricane Shelter, you should know where the nearest suitable shelter is.  Then gather the necessary provisions and arrange to go to the shelter with relatives and friends who also need to seek shelter. Do so before the weather conditions pose a danger to venturing outdoors.  

  4. This is an annual exercise for us but we cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared whether a hurricane actually makes landfall on our shores or not.  We must never risk being caught unprepared!  Most importantly, as we prepare let us trust ourselves to God’s divine providence, praying that we will be spared the destructive forces of hurricanes and storms, trusting that whatever happens all shall be well.

 

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Patrick C. Pinder, S.T.D., C.M.G.

Archbishop of Nassau

 

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