Tuesday, July 14, 2020


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Effective as of this past weekend, you may now begin receiving geographically focused emergency text alert notifications. According to an article published by Government Technology:

“Individuals will not be charged to receive the messages, and alerting authorities will not pay wireless phone carriers for sending out the notification, according to FEMA. The alerts will be sent to mobile phones via broadcast technology to avoid the delay that typically happens during an emergency when wireless voice and data services are ‘highly congested.’

Three types of messages will be sent to mobile phones: imminent threats, Amber alerts and presidential messages, but according to FEMA, most alerts will be issued by the National Weather Service.

I believe that God calls us to be Good Shepherds and Good Stewards to the flock that He guides and provides and the facilities, members and guests that He calls to us there. I would hope that the church is a place of safety and security by being aware of the need to be ready and ready as His Word proclaims, for we don’t know the day or hour of His return.

Sadly we live in a world of hate, terror & evil acts against His church. Only by being aware of the risk and dangers and having a Plan and Teams to carry-out the Plan can we really be ready for the task of protecting His flock and the assets He has provided for us to use to serve Him and His people.

It is too late if the attack comes before we are ready and able to have a defense.

Church Security Conference and Training Seminar coming May 11-12, 2012 Hosted at Covenant Church, Carrollton, TX. , presented by The National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management (NOCSSM).  This 2012 National Conference is all about being “CALLED 2 DUTY” and how your church can be more effective in “Protecting God’s People”.  Join America’s leading experts in Church Security for the best training available to Security Directors, Church Business Administrator, Church Leaders and Facility Directors. An information-packed Conference, with proven strategies and techniques to improve your church’s security.  A different conference experience every year with the nations’ leading experts in Church Security.

http://churchsecurityinstitute.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/the-nocssm-2012/ for more info and a list of the presenters and their topics for this annual conference.

Over the past year, we have seen a striking increase in the use of social media during emergency response. The emergency management community is abuzz with ways to harness this next phase of communications during a disaster. Social Media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook enable users to share status updates letting their networks know they are ok following a disaster.

But now, things are progressing and everyone is seemingly taking a more active role in engaging social media during a disaster.

This article from TIME magazine, explains that Facebook is piloting a program that will send you a message in your news feed to remind you to check in following a disaster. If you want to read more about social media and emergency management, do a quick perusal of the 58,000,000 results returned in my search this morning on the topic.

Japan One Year LaterSunday not only marks Daylight Savings but it is also the one year anniversary of the most recent Earthquake/Tsunami to ravage Japan. That event caused the deaths of over 19,000 people with many thousands still unaccounted for. Now, a year later, hope is beginning to shine in that nation as people, businesses and communities are recovering and being rebuilt.

This was originally posted in my blog FAITH THAT INSPIRES ACTION last night. I hope that some of you here will also find it helpful.-Rev. Crutchfield
LYNCHBURG, Va., March 3, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Gleaning For The World, a faith-based humanitarian aid organization operated by Thomas Road Baptist Church Ministries, releases the following statement and is available for comment:
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“Gleaning For The World is responding to victims of the devastating storms overnight in the south and midwest. Gleaning is providing bottled water, blankets and emergency supplies. To help the victims, donations may be made online at www.GFTW.org.” — Mike Tilley, Gleaning For The World
Gleaning For The World (GFTW) is a humanitarian aid organization that provides efficient delivery of high quality life-saving supplies to victims of poverty and devastation. Jonathan Falwell is board chairman.
Gleaning For The World was recently named the “Most Efficient Charity” in America by Forbes Magazine and has shipped more than $500 million in supplies over the past 13 years. GFTW is often the first organization on the scene when a natural disaster strikes, providing bottled water and other life-saving supplies. Local churches often work directly with GFTW to serve as host sites and staging locations when natural disasters occur – providing a direct link between the local church and the community-in-need.
GFTW’s unique operations’ model allows it to not only help in times of natural disasters, but also to provide ongoing supplies to victims of poverty throughout the world. In 2011 alone, GFTW provided tens of thousands of pairs of shoes to people without them in Africa, hundreds of thousands of blankets to servicemen and women in the U.S. and tens of thousands of nutritional meals to those facing starvation in under developed countries.
For more information on Gleaning For The World, visit www.GFTW.org.