Hurricane Season 2012
June 1, 2012
Beloved in Christ,
We are once again at the start of the Annual Hurricane Season. This year even before the first of June, we have already recorded two named storms. Surely this is a sign that we must be prepared.
Our preparation should begin now! The following is a reminder of what we already know:
At the very least we should maintain the following items in our homes –
- non-perishable food (canned goods)
- drinking water, enough to last a week
- prescription medicines, at least a week’s supply
- flashlights, batteries and a transistor radio and
- a manual can opener
We should ensure that all our hurricane shutters and the tools necessary for putting them in place are readily available. 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 immediate post hurricane recovery, should we come to that.
Every household should have a clear evacuation plan to follow in the event of flooding or severe winds which your structure may not be able to withstand. Make plans 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.
If you plan to seek refuge in a designated Hurricane Shelter, first of all, know where the nearest suitable shelter is. Gather the necessary provisions then 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.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of being prepared whether hurricanes actually make 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