Hurricane Season 2008

May 28, 2008

 

To all Pastors/Administrators –

to be read in all parishes on the weekend of May 31/June 1:

 

Beloved in Christ,

As unbelievable as it may seem, we are already entering the month of June which is the official start of the Hurricane Season.  Since we live in a hurricane zone, we must develop the habit of being prepared for hurricanes.  Our preparation should start now! Our level of preparation should remain constant throughout the Hurricane Season which extends from the beginning of June to the end of November.

This means that, as a basic minimum, we should maintain in our homes enough non-perishable foodstuffs to supply our household for at least a week.  Starting now, we should have on hand enough drinking water to last a week.  Those who need prescription medicine should ensure that they keep at least one week’s supply on hand.  We should have flashlights and a transistor radio and a supply of fresh batteries ready.  We should also keep a manual can opener ready, as well.

This is the time to begin to ensure that all of our hurricane shutters and the tools necessary for putting them in place are ready and available.

We all need to be prepared in advance so as to avoid the last minute rush to the food store or hardware store.  Being adequately prepared especially with food, water and medicine is essential for coping with the difficult days of immediate post hurricane recovery, should we come to that.

It is also necessary for each household to have a clear plan to follow in the event you have to evacuate your home due to flooding or severe winds which your structure may not be able to endure.  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.

If you plan to seek refuge in a Hurricane Shelter, first 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.   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!

Finally, and 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 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