Isn’t it amazing how beauty can soon change into a dangerous, catastrophic threat to life and property?
Who can imagine how one morning a sunrise can present such beauty and within hours change? That’s how our physical environment can change without notice and sometimes we’re not prepared for the threats of life.
Take Hurricane Florence for instance and how the sunrise begins to give way to the storms that encroach on our freedom and peace of mind.
Just like our lives we yield to that which overcomes; however, we don’t have to declare defeat. I believe that through God’s amazing grace and help we can overcome any obstacle.
I’m thinking of those in the path of Hurricane Florence, or traveling through the southeastern U.S. during the next couple of weeks.
Residents and guests near the ocean in the southeastern U.S. should be aware of the dangers and should listen closely to local emergency managers. The waves are tremendously dangerous with rip tides and currents.
Even that which is now may become no more.
The calm soon turns into anger as the ocean rises to meet the borders that contain it. Yes, winds are devastating but storm surge is for real. Can you just imagine 13 feet of ocean rise over land? And, considering some of the waves from Florence are being documented at around 30 feet, what can stand in the relentless onslaught of power.
Those traveling in the southeastern U.S. need to be aware that thousands, if not millions of people will be traveling more that normal, extending outward to most of the surrounding states and then some.
Expect traffic to be tremendous on Interstates and local roads and the airports to be overcrowded.
As winds increase, expect bridges to close for traffic
Expect restaurants to be crowded, and possibly without food – even before the storm makes its major impact. Lodging will be overbooked. You will likely have difficulty getting ANY rooms throughout the region.
Hurricanes have so much destructive power that includes multiple tornadoes as well as tremendous storm surge – and pushing water inland.
Even days, if not weeks, expect flooding and all sorts of other hazards.
There will be major power outages and fires, leaking fuel and other chemicals. Downed power lines and trees will adorn most landscapes. If one can evacuate the identified area please do so. If one can’t evacuate safely, please notify local authorities to seek assistance BEFOREHAND.
Once the major storm threat has passed, it will take quite a while to return to any kind of normal conditions. People will be without water and food for days, if not weeks. Emergency response teams will do their best to help residents and guests to recover but everyone must take responsibility to prepare and be safe.
Only use generators outside with ventilation. That’s a safety precaution for all times, not just emergencies. Remember! Keeping you and your family safe and secure is your primary responsibility.
I’m an advocate for non-profits and faith-based organizations like churches throughout the region to organize to help those traveling and may be stranded, while those within the path help those who cannot travel. This is a great opportunity to love our neighbors and re-enforce local response efforts.
Those who volunteer to help should also register with respective emergency management divisions for coordination and accountability.
Again, those traveling in the U.S. should check regularly with news and emergency management authorities to determine up-to-date information.
If you are traveling outside the projected path you may likely have Internet connection and phone service but realize those within the storm areas will have difficulty communicating for periods of time. If you don’t have to travel to the projected impact areas please look for other places to visit and enjoy your travels.
One immediate website to assist in emergency planning is at https://www.ready.gov.