Some of those still across our nation who are still cleaning up from the floods, the fires and the sand storms may not be too enthusiastic with snow this year. While the first snowfall is often a fun time, we know all too well that being unprepared to face the challenges that snow sometimes brings is not a wise course of action.
While I was living in the upper of the southern portion of Michigan years ago, I remember just going out for some groceries at 2 PM and not getting back home until midnight. While I had my trusty shovel, salt and even snow tires (those were allowed back then), I did not have other supplies in my car to keep me warm or to eat for several hours. It did not matter that I was pretty close to home; the fact was I was stuck in a ditch (no cell phones in those days!) This experience brought home first hand to me that you never leave the house, whether in a cold or warm climate without being prepared. Not only do the preparations help mentally and emotionally to withstand unforeseen circumstances, but the physical preparations are always helpful to others who may be facing the crisis along with you.
Emergencies are often opportunities to share the Hope and Love we have in Christ with those who are not only unprepared physically, but are facing the unknown without Christ – now that is a personal crisis!
CEN has developed three programs to assist you, your family, church and city to become biblically ready. Biblical Readiness is far different from the world’s definition, which largely focuses on the physical and the mental knowledge all while leaving off the spiritual with the stamina to help others. Before you go out this winter, check out the Ready programs for yourself:
ReadyChristian Training: http://bit.ly/ohUZV8
ReadyChurch Training: http://bit.ly/p9wiD3
Here are some great links for more information:
General Directory Listings for Winter Weather: http://bit.ly/ulgmQ1
CDC Extreme Cold Guide: http://bit.ly/vkmgrq
NOAA Winter Storm Guidebook: http://bit.ly/tVEht7
Winter Storm Tips: http://bit.ly/sAMRU3 (From American Academy of Pediatrics)
Winter Storms & Extreme Cold: http://bit.ly/sMM9kH (FEMA’s Guide)
What winter tips do you have for getting prepared?