Tuesday, December 10, 2019

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As I sit here watching the return of those killed this week to their beloved country, the country they lived and died to protect I am reminded of the uniqueness of our nation: A nation that was formed around the ideals of freedom, life, liberty and justice.

Democracy without the foundations of our basic tenets of freedom is not possible. We, the US, have had the privilege of developing our democracy from the ground up. We were not, prior to the outlining of our constitutional rights, living under another form of government. Yes, we broke free from tyranny…but the development of our nation was established in the fight for freedom and the ideals that shaped this nation’s government, were already inherent in the belief structure of our founding fathers and those who braved the voyage to the “new world.”

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My Utmost for His Highest

He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will flow rivers of living water —John 7:38 

Hurricane Isaac ResponseAs ReadyNewOrleans continues to provide CEN with the specifics on critical needs in the area the media has shifted off the story making it more difficult to generate human and material resources. Please visit the Hurricane Isaac response group at www.christianemergencynetwork.org indicating what you may be able to do to assist ReadyNewOrleans.

About 130 schools were still closed today in the Gulf region as survivors were digging themselves out of the flood regions. Emergency Management reports 13,000 homes were damaged and eight deaths occurred. Congressional leaders appear to be insuring that a steady flow of funding for the disaster relief continues, however there still seems to be a concern on the level of disaster funding available as FEMA’s current relief budget stands at $1.4 billion. Often overlooked MS received a visit from FEMA Craig Fugate who assured the community there would be funding available, as a federal disaster declaration had been made. As of September 4 over 4,000 people remain in shelters across the affected region. Meanwhile 90 pollution cases, not unexpected for an incident like this, are being investigated.

Please continue to pray for those affected by the storms and those who are responding. Likewise, take the precautionary steps to ready yourself and your family for times of crisis. 

This week the people of New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Region are once again facing a disastrous storm. The storm has been officially downgraded to a Tropical Storm, however the rain and flooding potential still remains a threat for the area.

To engage in the ReadyNewOrleans Response, here are some action steps:

  1. Commit to Prayer.  Pray for: (1) Citizens to seek God for comfort and protection to all who are in the path of Hurricane Isaac. (2) Citizens not directly affected will offer prayer, compassion and assistance in their community. (3) Hurricane Isaac will be lessened in intensity. (4) First responders. 
  2. Join the Hurricane Isaac Response Group
  3. Let us knowif you are interested in helping stand up ReadyNewOrleans in the area of:
    1. Logistics
    2. Public Information
    3. Operations
    4. Prayer
    5. Care
    6. Share
    7. Safety & Security
    8. Finance

As always one of the best things you can do is prepare yourself and your family to be ready in times of disaster. CEN helps make that easier by providing our FREE ReadyChristian Training which you can download and do as you have time. 

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Despite increasing media reports escalating the Family Research Council incident today in Washington, DC, CEN’s Security Officer issued an incident report from first-hand accounts by Christians within the FRC building. The account indicates a shooter came into the lobby, where extensive security protocols were in place, and shot a guard. The FBI is conducting an investigation, part of which includes bomb sniffing dogs and the ATF entering the building. The shooter is in custody and the situation is under control, however the media is not.

CEN has been in close communication with the Department of Homeland Security and requested DHS make a formal statement calling upon media to cease and desist from politically exploitive rhetoric currently escalating a security incident now being managed by local and federal law enforcement.

This past week I had the opportunity to attend a webinar on emergency communications. They stressed the importance of having redundant communication systems. In emergency preparedness planning, it is very easy to overlook the communication aspect.

We know that we are supposed to:

  • Have a contact outside of the area for family members to call and “report in” to in case we aren’t able to reach our loved ones directly.
  • Have an extra battery for our cell phone.
  • Pre-determine a place to meet if communications go down and we are all in the same area.

But what does this mean for your business? Your church? What if you are across town from your family in an emergency?