It looks like winter has finally arrived. While winter sports enthusiasts are saying “finally!” many of us are saying “aw shucks!” In either case, personal preparedness is important. This storm may drop between 2 inches and 2 feet of snow in various parts of the Conference. Be sure to check LOCAL weather conditions. Here are a few items to remember
The Department of Homeland Security has detailed lists and other information at www.ready.gov/winter-weather
The further south you are in the Conference you are the greater the likelihood of severe or crippling weather. Some churches may want to consider cancelling weekend events today (especially Saturday events and possibly Sunday worship) while others may want to defer the decision. Decide now how any cancellations will be communicated to participants and the wider community.
If there are local or regional power outages, the church building may have power. If that is the case, consider opening the church as a temporary warming center where people can take refuge while waiting for their power to come back or find a safe place to go if there will be an extended power outage.
Rev Greg Ellis
Disaster Ministry Coordinator
Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church