Message from the Diocesan Disaster Coordinator
Relief for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey
Above: Pedestrians walk by a flooded car on a street as storm surge associated with Tropical Storm Irma hits Charleston, S.C., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Image credit: AP Photo/Mic Smith
Hurricane Relief Fund
The US Disaster Program at Episcopal Relief and Development has a general hurricane relief fund. Donations to this fund will be used here and in the Caribbean islands.
Is your congregation prepared?
Has your vestry discussed disaster preparedness? In Texas church building have been compromised by Harvey. Sanctuaries have flooded and clergy homes destroyed. These events are a reminder that people come first and buildings second. As good stewards we must evaluate the structures in which we worship and consider how we might respond to those in need in our communities.

Advance Planning When There Is No Disaster by the Rev. William V. Livingston (ECF Vital Practices)
The Caribbean islands, Florida and Texas all need our help. We pray, we give, and we prepare.

Steve

Steve Abdow
Canon for Mission Resources
Diocesan Disaster Coordinator
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts | 413-737-4786 | www.diocesewma.org