We continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in the Bahamas and those in the path of Hurricane Dorian along the east coast. Based on the most recent forecasts from the National Weather Service, it looks like our conference will be heavily impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Brian Kemp has ordered residents in six Georgia counties east of I-95 - Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties - to evacuate beginning today at noon.
Bishop Bryan, Luis Morales (Conference Disaster Response Coordinator), Rev. David Thompson (Coastal DS) and Kelly Roberson (Communications Director) had a conference call this morning to talk about immediate plans now and protocols for when the storm hits. Here are some updates we can provide now:
With still much unknown, the Conference Disaster Response Team continues to closely monitor the storm and will send additional updates as needed. The latest disaster response information will be posted at www.sgaumc.org/disasterresponse.
Again, we thank you for all you are doing to support our response efforts across South Georgia and extending throughout the connection.
Even as we in South Georgia make preparations for Hurricane Dorian we are focusing our prayers right now on those in the Bahamas who are currently experiencing the devastating effects of the storm. We are thankful for the emergency personnel who are in place on those islands and who are risking their own lives for the safety of others. God bless those first responders as they do their work today and in the days ahead.
How grateful I am for the way South Georgia has responded to the storms of the past three years by increasing our capacity to provide early response teams. In addition, our neighboring conferences have contacted us to let us know of their readiness to respond once we define our needs and let them know where we need their help.
I thank God for the relationships made possible through the connectional system of The United Methodist Church!
Alive Together in Witness,
R. Lawson Bryan