We know some of you won't receive this message for a while - either because of no power, no Internet or both. But we want to reach out to our pastors and churches.
With the heavy snow and high winds that came with this last storm, many areas have no power. Entire towns are out. And in some cases it may be 4 - 5 days before power is restored.
This means many people have no heat for their homes, an inconvenience for some, a dangerous situation for others, especially the elderly. Hopefully temperatures in the 50s during the day will keep houses warm enough so they don't freeze up entirely. And the power will be restored quickly
In the meantime, here are our concerns:
- Cold and hypothermia. The young and the old are most at risk. Be aware of your church members and neighbors.
- People will depend more on alternate heating arrangements and generators. This brings increased danger of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. Pass along this warning.
- Downed power lines may still carry some voltage, even dangerous voltage. People clearing trees need to be careful that power lines are not tangled in the branches. Pass this concern along as well.
- Consider how your church may provide spiritual or practical care to folks who are struggling against the cold. If your community has a shelter you could offer help there. If you don’t have a shelter your town officials may know of needs where your church could help.
Let us know if we can help you out.
The MACUCC Disaster Resource Team
Jim Tilbe firstname.lastname@example.org, 774-696-4587
Don Remick email@example.com, 781-890-1444
Peter Wells firstname.lastname@example.org, 413-244-6079
Jim Antal, Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ Minister and President