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Aug 27
2011
Mary Marr

Christian Response to Irene

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As of Saturday, August 27, 2011 5:30 EDT five people have died due to Hurricane Irene from falling trees, car accident and a heart attack. Storm related ordered evacuations in NCY area alone reached more than 2 million due to expectations of low lying areas having storm surges and massive flooding. The hurricane floodwaters are expected to cover a 450-mile wide pathway. The nation’s largest rail subway system is closing as a precaution to flooding for the first time in history. The President visited a the FEMA EOC today and reiterated the next 72 hours will be critical for many people on the eastern coastal regions at the same time he calls for a re-kindling of the spirit of cooperation exhibited on 911.

 

The nation is in a crisis. Deaths and destruction are all taking a toll. Hurricane Irene is affecting millions of people already well before the response.

Aug 23
2011
Mary Marr

"Shakin Goin On" since 911

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We would probably agree there has been a lot of “Shakin Goin On” since 911. Up until then the words "shakin goin on" were reminders of Elvis Presley with his swivel hip movements which were an outrage at the time. He shook up a culture that seemed unshakeable following the rebuilding after World War II.

Aug 23
2011
Mary Marr

Pray for VA Earthquake Response

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2:45PM (EDT) UPDATE: Situational Awareness: 5.9 Earthquake Reported in Virginia

 

As reported by media outlets this afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey officials have confirmed that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Mineral, Virginia, approximately 87 miles Southwest of Washington D.C. There were no immediate reports of significant damage however there are widespread building evacuations reported as a precaution both as a result of the initial tremors and out of concern for potential aftershocks.  Reports indicate that landline and cell phone services have been disrupted throughout the Richmond metropolitan area and cellular networks across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast are experiencing disruptions due to overload.

Aug 22
2011
Mary Marr

Pray for those affected by Tropical Storm Irene

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For the first time this season Tropical Storm Irene could strengthen into a hurricane that would threaten the U.S. mainland this week according to the National Hurricane Center. The southeastern U.S. and Florida should make certain they are biblically ready for this potential storm to make landfall. Being biblically ready means to be spiritually, emotionally, mentally as well as physically ready to face potential damage and loss. While Storm Irene breaks a long string of storms that did not develop into a hurricane, residents of potentially affected areas should not dismiss this storm, as it could become a category 1 by Thursday.

Pray for those in the line of Tropical Storm Irene to be safe and prepared

Call a loved one or friend in the area affected and warn them to get ready

Jul 26
2011
Mary Marr

Motivate People for Disaster Preparedness

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Recently I read an article by Disaster Zone which quoted the Deputy at California's Emergency Management Kate Long and her colleague Kristin Hogan posted the following concepts from their research regarding "Value-Based Messaging" to encourage public behavior change around earthquake preparedness and mitigation.

To summarize the research:

1. California residents are not well prepared for earthquakes even though they have first hand knowledge of the devastation

Jun 28
2011
Mary Marr

PRAY for NM Wildfire and NE Flood Response

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While these two incidents may not be near you or affect someone you know, as a Christian, will you PRAY for NM Wildfire as well as the NE Flooding Response?

As Nebraska is facing increased flooding threatening to breach the walls surrounding the nuclear plant there, NM is fighting off another wildfire close to the Los Alamos Nuclear Lab - the birthplace of the atomic bomb. As firefighters rush to keep the fire from radioactive material that is stored on the site, such as the plutonium facility nearby, officials try to assure the residents that everything will be fine yet they have evacuated the entire town close-by. There are usually 12,000 employees at this facility who are also affected.