Sheltering Hurricane Irma Evacuees | Commitments Needed

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Dear church family,

We’re closely monitoring Hurricane Irma and it’s potential to cause evacuations. With the help of our church leadership, our insurance carrier, and the Annual Conference, we’ve determined that we are able to open as what’s called a Good Samaritan shelter to house evacuees from Florida and the Georgia coast, if that becomes necessary. We’re in touch with proper authorities to determine whether or not we will need to open.

Should we open, our plan is to house up to 32 people in the social hall. We would remain open two to three days, depending upon need, and would coordinate closely with Dodge County EMA and our Annual Conference disaster response coordinators. We would also provide bottled water and basic food stuffs but ask that evacuees patronize local restaurants for meals. A nurse and pharmacist are already on standby to assist with any medical needs that may arise while we have folks with us. If we open up on Sunday, I will post on our website what plans are for worship.

As part of our preparation, we’re seeking commitments from our church membership and community partners to either loan or donate certain items to the church to ensure that we’ll have the resources needed. We are also seeking commitments to serve shift(s) to have at least two members of the church present twenty-four hours a day during the two to three days we would have evacuees.

Please review the list of items needed to see what you might be able to provide. Remember that we are seeking commitments only at this time.  We will notify you should the need be realized.

Items Needed
-Twin Air Mattresses (Loan what you have/Donate new)
-Twin Bedding and/or sleeping bags (Loan what you have/Donate new)
-Bottles of Water or Cups for refilling for water
-Basic Food Items (Snacks, Breakfast Items, individually wrapped are better)

Call the church office at 478-374-4327 or email Cathy at eastmanfumc@gmail.com to let us know what you’re able to provide in the way of goods and/or if you are available to serve a shift. 

The Bible has much to say about providing shelter and taking in those in need. We are glad that we are able to provide such shelter, should it become necessary. Please pray for those in the path of this monster storm and pray for our church, as together, we share the love of Christ by providing shelter and hospitality.

Sincerely,

Ted Goshorn, Pastor
Steve Kirkley, Administrative Council Chair
Mitchell Coffee, Trustees Chair
John Veal, SPRC Chair
Elaine Pittman, Witness Team Chair

 

 

 

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