Be Prepared

Know Your Evacuation Route

Florida’s St. John’s County has published a visual map depicting important Evacuation Routes that should be used in an emergency.

Safety Tips

Carolinas Prepare for 'Storm of a Lifetime' as Category 3 Hurricane Florence Heads for the Coast (PHOTOS) Hurricane Safety Tips


Carolinas Prepare for 'Storm of a Lifetime' as Category 3 Hurricane Florence Heads for the Coast (PHOTOS)

Florence will drench the region in catastrophic inland rainfall flooding as well as life-threatening storm surge and destructive winds.

Wind and Water Protection – Preparing for a Hurricane Wind and Water Protection Tips


Wind and Water Protection – Preparing for a Hurricane


Hurricane: During the Storm Hurricane Safety Information


Hurricane: During the Storm


Prepare Before the Storm, Says State Insurance Dept. Hurricane Insurance Tips: Prepare Before the Storm


Prepare Before the Storm, Says State Insurance Dept.



Safety Tips -  – Preparing for a Hurricane

Wind and Water Protection – Preparing for a Hurricane


Wind and Water Protection

Recent hurricane seasons have provided painful lessons in the importance of preparing for these destructive storms. Perhaps most important is the need to protect your home sooner rather than later

Plan Ahead

Hurricanes can be dangerous killers. Learning the hurricane warning messages and planning ahead can reduce the chances of injury or major property damage. Read below to learn specific information to prepare you for each phase of the storm.


Before The Storm

Check into flood insurance. You can find out about the National Flood Insurance Program through your insurance agent or the Emergency Management Department. There is normally a 30-day waiting period before a new policy becomes effective. Homeowners polices do not cover damage from the flooding that accompanies a hurricane. Some states offer Hurricane insurance with a similar wait. Know your plan.

Develop an emergency communication plan. In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.

Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the "family contact." After a disaster, it's often easier to call long distance. Make sure everyone in the family knows the name, address and phone number of the contact person.

Make sure that all family members know how to respond after a hurricane. Teach family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.

Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1, police, or fire department and which radio station to tune to for emergency information.

Prepare windows - protection methods: Permanent shutters are the best protection. A lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels. Use 1/2 inch plywood (marine plywood is best) cut to fit each window. Remember to mark which board fits which window. Pre-drill holes every 18 inches for screws. Do this long before the storm.


During A Hurricane Watch

  • Review your family disaster plan and check your Emergency Supplies Kit to include food and water supplies. Other supplies may include:

    • Flashlight and extra batteries

    • Portable, battery-operated radio and extra batteries

    • Well stocked First Aid Kit and manual

    • Emergency food and water

    • Extra bags of ice in freezer and ice chests

    • Nonelectric can opener

    • Essential medicines

    • Cash and credit cards

    • Sturdy shoes (2 pair each)

    • Towels, and sani-wipes

    • Paper towels and toilet paper

    • Non-potable water (5. Gal buckets)placed by toilets for manual flushing

  • Review evacuation plans. Learn safe routes inland and plan your evacuation route. Be ready to drive 20 to 100 miles inland to locate a safe place.

  • Make sure the gas tanks in your cars are full. Stations run out quickly eliminating your mandatory evacuation.

  • Make arrangements for pets, i.e. pet friendly shelters

  • Refill prescription medications.

  • Anchor or stow small boats.

  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; anchor objects that cannot be brought inside.

  • Remove outside antennas.

  • Secure buildings by closing and boarding up windows.

  • Turn refrigerator and freezer to coldest settings. Open only when absolutely necessary and close quickly when power is off.

  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, jugs and bottles.

  • Trim back dead or weak branches from trees.

  • Stay tuned to local media and your Weather Alert Radio for updates on the storm.

  • Keep an eye on ADPR/Media tab for current updates from the National Weather Service.


During A Hurricane Warning

  • Store valuables such as jewelry, silverware and scrapbooks in a safe place, i.e. waterproof container on the highest level of your home.

  • Park your car in a sheltered area or on high ground.

  • Listen constantly to a battery-operated radio or television for official instructions.

  • Remain calm and prepare to evacuate if the order is given.

  • If at home, stay inside away from windows, skylights and glass doors.

  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid open flames, such as candles and kerosene lamps, as a source of light.

  • If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce power "surge" when electricity is restored.

  • If officials indicate evacuation is necessary:

    • Know your local evacuation routes. You may fare better by using back roads rather than congested interstates.

    • Leave as soon as possible. Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed-out bridges.

    • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.

    • Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going.

    • If time permits, and you live in an identified surge zone, elevate furniture to protect it from flooding or better yet, move it to a higher floor.

    • Bring pre-assembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.

    • Take blankets and sleeping bags to shelter.

    • Lock up home and leave.


After The Storm

  • Stay tuned to local radio for information.

  • Help injured or trapped persons.

  • Give first aid where appropriate.

  • Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.

  • Return home only after authorities advise that it is safe to do so.

  • Avoid loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company, police or fire department.

  • Enter your home with caution.

  • Beware of snakes, insects and animals driven to higher ground by flood water.

  • Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.

  • Check refrigerated foods for spoilage.

  • Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents and for insurance claims.

  • Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.

  • Use telephone only for emergency calls.


Inspecting Utilities In A Damaged Home

Check for gas leaks - If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.

Look for electrical system damage - If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.

Check for sewage and water lines damage - If you suspect sewage lines are damaged avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid the water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.


Information compiled from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross and ADPR.


Every congregation and mission church in the Diocese may benefit from these brief guidelines.


Damaging winds and torrential rains can cause great damage to all in its path. Unlike a Tornado that lasts for seconds to minutes and can be 1-5 miles across, a large hurricane can be 500 miles across taking a day or more to pass. Almost everyone will lose lights. In the country or rural areas that means no running well or water for perhaps a week. By preparing in advance members of our churches can avoid unnecessary hardships during and immediately following the storm.


After the storm we as Christians will be in the right place at the right time to help our neighbors in need. By mobilizing our resources to an affected area this project can put its feet on the ground within 48 hours meeting hundreds and thousands of needs in the Matchless Name of Jesus, free of government encumbrances.


Before a storm hits-

Stock up for one week with:

Plenty of water: 1 gallon per day per person minimum

Candles, matches and batteries for your flashlights and electric lanterns to last one week or more in rural areas

Plenty of non perishable foods, and paper products: Plates, paper towels, toilet paper, sanitary wipes for personal hygiene.


Other Preparations:

Blankets: treating for shock and in cold weather for each family member

First Aid Kit

Cook stove with sufficient propane to last one week or more

Duct tape, sand bags and heavy plastic to seal doors

Plywood to cover windows

Service your chainsaw [if you own one]

Supply of Gas, 2 stroke oil and bar oil

If you live on the coast in the direct path of the hurricane prepare your home then leave 72 hours before storm is due to hit. Fill up all gas tanks and vehicles with gas before you evacuate.


If you choose to ride out the storm, Category 2 or less, please find the safest place to gather with your family. The ideal location is a room in the center of the home without windows. Move sufficient bedding and electric lanterns into this room in advance of the storm. Remember Gas lanterns, oil lamps and candles heat the air and give off toxic fumes.


Charge your cell phones in advance and use sparingly during the storm as most will have lengthy power outages. Enter local numbers for all emergency services before the storm hits.


Pets: Keep indoors with ample food and water. Fill 5 or more 5-gallon buckets with water to leave in the bathroom. Use 2 gallons of water for each flush…. flush sparingly.


If the eye of the storm is to pass over you, stay inside! Pets can be walked, however, be aware the other half of the storm is minutes away!






Crotalus horridus

Commonly known as the timber rattlesnake, canebrake rattlesnake or banded rattlesnake, is a species of venomous pit viper endemic to the eastern United States. This is the only rattlesnake species in most of the populous northeastern United States and is second only to its cousins to the west, the prairie rattlesnake, as the most northerly distributed venomous snake in North America.


Sistrurus miliarius barbouri

Adults grow to between 35.5 and 76 cm (14.0 and 29.9 in) in total length, which includes the tail. Regarding the coloration, this subspecies has dorsal spots that are more rounded, usually has a whitish belly that is heavily flecked or mottled with black or dark brown, and generally has 23 rows of dorsal scales at midbody.



Micrurus fulvius

The color pattern consists of a series of rings that encircle the body: wide red and black rings separated by narrow yellow rings. The head is black from the rostral to just behind the eyes. The red rings are usually speckled with black. People who live in its natural range are often taught a folk rhyme as children: "Red next to black, safe from attack, red next to yellow, you're a dead fellow," or "Red touching black, friend of Jack; red touching yellow, you're a dead fellow".


Crotalus adamanteus

This is the largest rattlesnake species and is the heaviest known type of venomous snake. However, other venomous snakes may rival this species in weight, the much longer but more slender king cobra is probably greater in average body mass if not maximum weight and the shorter but even bulkier gaboon viper could exceed the rattlesnake in both mean adult body mass and possibly even maximum body mass. Maximum reported lengths for eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are 8.25 ft.


Agkistrodon piscivorus

Adults are large and capable of delivering a painful and potentially fatal bite. When antagonized, they stand their ground by coiling their bodies and displaying their fangs. This is the world's only semiaquatic viper, found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes, streams, and marshes.




Pantherophis guttatus

The Corn Snake is a North American species of rat snake that subdues its small prey by constriction. It is found throughout the southeastern and central United States. Their docile nature, reluctance to bite, moderate adult size, attractive pattern, and comparatively simple care make them popular pet snakes. Though superficially resembling the venomous copperhead and often killed as a result of this mistaken identity, corn snakes are harmless and beneficial to humans.



Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis

Eastern garter snakes average between 46–66 cm (18–26 in) long. The largest recorded length was 124 cm (48.7 in) long. Females are typically larger than males. They are either a greenish, brown, or black color and have a distinct yellow or white stripe.



Lampropeltis elapsoides

Scarlet kingsnakes have a tricolored pattern of black, red, white, and various shades of yellow bands that appear to mimic the venomous coral snake in a form of Batesian mimicry. A method to help differentiate between venomous and non venomous tricolor snakes in North America is found in the popular phrases " red on yellow's a deadly fellow; yellow on black's a friendly Jack" or "Red on black, friend of Jack; red on yellow, kill a fellow".



Coluber constrictor Priapus

The southern black racer is one of the more common subspecies of nonvenomous Coluber constrictor snakes in the Southeastern United States. These snakes are quite active during the day, which increases the chance of sightings. They will eat almost any animal they can overpower, including, rodents, frogs, toads, and lizards. They have been known to charge at people in an attempt to frighten them.



Zamenis longissimus

Rat snakes are members – along with kingsnakes, milk snakes, vine snakes and indigo snakes – of the subfamily Colubrinae of the family Colubridae. They are medium to large constrictors and are found throughout much of the Northern Hemisphere. They feed primarily on rodents and birds. With some species exceeding 10 ft in total length, they can occupy top levels of some food chains. Many species make attractive and docile pets and one, the corn snake, is one of the most popular reptile pets in the world



Preparedness-Related Articles

Weather Channel

Hurricane Beryl downgraded to Tropical Storm says The Weather Channel…

“Given barely enough ocean heat content (sea-surface temperatures around 80 degrees Fahrenheit), low wind shear, and its location south of a plume of sinking, dry air known as the Saharan air layer, Beryl intensified quickly from a tropical depression at 11 a.m. EDT Thursday to a Category 1 hurricane just 18 hours later.

According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC), wind shear has increased and combined with a very dry environment likely causing Beryl to weaken.”