Hurricane Irma Update: September 6
In the most recent projections, the path of Hurricane Irma has shifted slightly to the east putting South Georgia under alert for potential impact. At 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, Gov. Nathan Deal declared a state of emergency in six coastal Georgia counties: Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh.
This morning the South Georgia, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama West-Florida Conferences were brought together on a conference call with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) to share current preparations and resources as we all brace for this storm. There is strength in the connection!
The South Georgia Conference Disaster Response Team continues to monitor this storm very closely. A briefing will be given to conference leadership on Thursday.
Reliable storm updates can be found at the NOAA Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
Ready Georgia Mobile App
A great resource to stay connected is the Ready Georgia mobile app: http://ready.ga.gov/be-informed/alerts-and-warnings/mobileapp/. This includes shelter maps, ready kit, alerts, and an I AM SAFE feature which notifies your emergency contacts that you are safe after an emergency.
Preparing for a Disaster
The Red Cross provides information on personally preparing for a disaster. For more information, visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies.
Our Conference will continue to post updates and timely information at www.sgaumc.org.
Thank you South Georgia for the many ways you have helped us to build capacity to not only offer support to Texas, but to be ready for what may lie ahead here at home.
Our prayers are with all those who have been and will be in Irma's path.
Associate Director of Connectional Ministries