Monday, July 22, 2019

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As Security officials ramp up their preparedness plans for the Super Bowl they find they are facing challenges on steroids from pickpockets to prostitution and from manhole cover explosions to bracing anything. Since this is the first Super Bowl in downtown Indianapolis the emergency operations plans are carefully reviewed for any threat to security. The Associated Press reported that the “Super Bowl poses a unique security challenge due to the volume of visitors, the 10-day length of festivities, and the square mile over which the associated events will take place.”

 

The Super Bowl reminds us once again as Christians that we also need to be ready. Our churches need to review their security operations plans. If they do not have one in place, CEN recommends they start ReadyChurch immediately to make provisions for response and continuity of ministries. 

When Moses was given the vision from God to guide the children of Israel into the Promised Land, I doubt that he also envisioned the problems he would encounter along the way.  His greatest joy was to surely know that God had made provisions for them, yet his blessing also became his biggest headache. Israel had to learn that with blessing comes responsibility.

 

Daily food from heaven was showered upon the children of Israel, and still they often grumbled. When they were told to throw out the quail from that day, they did not do so and the smell was terrible. With the blessing of food came the responsibility to follow God’s baking instructions for the Sabbath Day.  It meant unquestioned obedience. (Exodus 16).

During the Christmas season, packages left at the door or sent through the mail may be compromised in terms of security. Thanks to the assistance of the Secure Community Network the following suggestions are wise to heed:

 

 Suspicious Package Indicators

 

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.