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Jan 10
2014
KURT JORDAN

SOUTH FLORIDA FLOODING SITUATION REPORT

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The Southeastern portion of the State of Florida is suffering from extensive flooding today. Historical unprecedented rainfall has delivered in excess of 18” of rain in some areas. The areas affected are from Southern Indian River County South to Palm Beach County. Road flooding created havoc throughout the day Thursday January 9. Countless vehicles were submerged, stranded, and left abondoned. Road response services such as AAA and local towing companies were reporting in excess of 120 calls for service at 3pm quoting response times in excess of 3-4 hours. Many motorists were stranded in their vehicles forced to sleep there overnight.

 

One neighborhood, Longwood Village was reported to have waist high water levels when standing in the middle of the roadways.

On December 4, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced the recipients of the 2013 Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience. In their press release, they explain “The Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience recognizes outstanding response to a catastrophic incident and leadership in fostering resilient and prepared communities”

In response to Hurricane Sandy, “Monsignor Brown’s leadership led St. Francis de Sales Parish to become the largest relief center on the Rockaway peninsula, providing hot food, medical care, mental health care, trauma counseling, clothing, cleaning supplies, pet food, veterinary care, and more. At the height of the effort it served between 4,000 - 10,000 people per day.”

For more information about the Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience or to read about the other recipients, you can read the DHS Press Release.

 

CEN also encourages all churches to take preparedness steps to be ready to serve their community in times of crisis. Sign up for our next FREE ReadyChurch Webinar here. 

On December 4, 2013, a student was shot in an active-shooter incident by another student in Florida. This article in the Orlando Sentinel explains that when the shooting occurred, the “school's resource officer initiated active-shooter protocols, and almost 100 law-enforcement officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene, where a school nurse had begun treating the victim.” The report also states that the student who was shot is going to be ok.

This is a great example of how implementing active shooter plans in your school, business, church and/or community can go a long way to ensuring the safety of your constituents.

For more information about active-shooter preparedness, visit here.

Dec 05
2013
Steve Marr

What if the Ten Virgins Had Extra Oil?

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Jesus said:

 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.  Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

In an article released in early December, Atlanta Secret Service Field Officers provide some tips to stay financially safe during the holidays.


With the Christmas season, we see an increase in both purchases and criminal activity. The article states “cashiers can be distracted by long lines while consumers may be unmindful of their transactions when juggling purchases. These common errors open the door for both unauthorized credit card transactions and passing & receiving counterfeit currency.


The article makes the following recommendations for financial safety:

Nov 21
2013
Steve Marr

Standing Firm for Principle

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Christians often are called to stand for principle. Today, Christians are martyred for their faith in many parts of the world.  When faced with a choice, these saints choose principle, and death, over renouncing faith in Christ, and living on earth.

In the United states, we face choices everyday, do we stand for Christ, His ways and His principles, or do we fold? The pressure may come from being expected to laugh at an off color joke, lie by omission to get through a situation or to condone public policy that does not uphold a Biblical standard.

A choice we have is, give up, or stand tall. Will we be remembered as one who stood for the Lord, or surrendered? Is the road to surrender really easier?