Last week I was worried about Michelle, my wife. She was in Orlando, Florida with Hurricane Erma targeting her and about 800 to a thousand people in the music and Radio Industry.
I know I needed to Trust God with her wellbeing. I found out for the first time in my life, my loved one was out of reach, not safe. I couldn’t help her. She was totally in God hands.
It’s easy to say you’re going to do trust God, but saying it and living it are two different things. At one point, I literally felt helpless.
Have you ever felt like you were in a similar situation? Circumstances dictated where you were and did not allow you to help or be in control.
Maybe you’ve had a similar experience, where circumstances made you feel out of control. Call, or go on line at kswp.org/prayer or kswp.org/praise and share you Story and the outcome.
God is always so good to me! As I sought His Word, He filled me with a peace… it passed all human understanding. There was no earthly reason for me to calm down, yet, I did.
He gave me this, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
Michelle flew home safe the next day (Saturday)!
Basic tips include:
If your “Staying Home” you will need…
- Flashlight and radio, either hand-cranked or battery-powered, with extra batteries;
- At least 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least 3 days. A normally active person needs about three-quarters of fluid daily, from water and other beverages.
- Water is also needed for food preparation and sanitation;
- At least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food for members of your household, including pet food and considerations for special dietary needs. Include a non-electric can opener for canned food;
- First aid kit, medications, and medical supplies; and
- Battery backup power for power-dependent mobility devices, oxygen, and other assistive technology needs.
The 5 P’s of evacuation:
- Personal Needs,
- Priceless Items
Before a hurricane preparations:
- Prepare an evacuation kit; you can find more information on what you need in the kit at http://www.ready.gov or http://www.listo.gov.
- Secure any important papers in a waterproof container.
- Fill your vehicle’s tank up with gas.
- Get any necessary prescription medications refilled.
- Have enough cash on hand to last for several days.
- Make sure you have enough extra food and water for your pet.
During a hurricane:
- Listen to the radio or TV for information.
- If you are directed by local authorities to evacuate, be sure to follow their instructions.
- Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
Here are some tips for what to do and what not to do in case of a power outage.
Safety Comes First:
- Only use a flashlight for emergency lighting. Never use candles!
- Keep fresh batteries in a battery-operated radio.
- Turn off any electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
- Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer.
- Listen to local radio for updated information.
- Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when power is restored.
- Do not run a generator inside your home or garage.
- If you use a generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Don’t connect a generator to your home electrical system.
Think Ahead & Have On Hand:
- Flashlight(s). Due to risk of fire, don’t use candles during a power outage.
- Portable radio.
- Batteries for flashlights and radio.
- At least one gallon of water.
- A small supply of food that doesn’t require refrigeration.
Using a Generator:
If you don’t already own a generator and are considering buying one, get advice from a certified electrical professional. Make sure the generator is listed with Underwriter’s Laboratories or a similar organization. Some municipalities, Air Quality Districts, or states have “air quality permit” requirements. A certified electrician can provide more information. Always keep an operating generator outdoors — never operate inside, including in your basement or garage.
Power Outage 101