Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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US forecasters expect Tropical Storm Isaac to hit Haiti and Cuba, the National Hurricane Center projected that Isaac would become a hurricane on Thursday and make landfall Saturday near the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in southern Cuba. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate issued a statement for families to take this seriously and prepare families, homes and businesses according to AP News report. 

Isaac is potentially a very dangerous storm for Haiti, where 400,000 people still live outside underneath tarps in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Heavy rains from Isaac will begin on Friday morning in Haiti, and last through Sunday. Rainfall amounts of 8 - 12 inches are possible, which will be capable of causing extreme flooding on the vegetation-denuded slopes of Haiti. It will be a major challenge to keep those Haitians living outside safe, if rainfall amounts of 5 - 10 inches occur.

CEN calls on those in the path of the Tropical Storm Isaac to review their ReadyChristian emergency plans with family and friends to prepare for the potential landfall later this week. CEN calls upon churches who have completed their ReadyChurch training to insure they have notified CEN of their availability in the area to respond. Contact CEN with your ReadyChurch updates. And, for Christian networks in cities all across Florida, if you have not completed the ReadyCity assessment and notified CEN of your readiness to respond, we would ask that you contact CEN immediately.

Link to full Assist News Article

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?

Whether it is the Milwaukee shooting this past week or the 5- 10 churches who may be affected by a fire incident this month nationwide, no Christian organization or church is immune from a potential incident that has never occurred before.

Having good strong relationships with your local law enforcement is key to a quick effective preparedness plan and response.

ReadyCity and ReadyChurch Security officers will find these few tips helpful with building relationships with local law enforcement.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Sunday, August 5th, in a suburb of Milwaukee, a lone gunman entered a Sikh temple, opened fire and killed six people before he himself was shot and killed. Reports say that there have been at least three other men who were shot but will recover. The investigation, led by the FBI, is currently ongoing and more information will be released as it is made available.

What’s the Christian Response?