Temperature-related events cause more deaths
Did you know that more people die from temperature related events than floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis and hurricanes combined?
Looking at the Power Outage Maps across Virginia this morning, there are between 4,000-5,000 families that have homes without power. There will be thousands of families that have marginal heating systems attempting to keep their families warm. Then, there are hundreds of homeless folks that are in definite need to get out of the weather.
I hope that you and your family are warm and safe. There may be folks in your ministry field who need your assistance today. Will you check on them and meet their need?
Here are some options:
- Make sure you stay safe and limit your time in the low temperatures.
- Check on every person connected to your ministry that may need a warmer place for the day.
- Consider opening the doors of the church building or your homes.
- Encourage church members to check on their neighbors.
- Check with Homeless Shelters, The Salvation Army, YMCA or churches you know that minister to the homeless to see if they have some emergent needs because of the influx of people needing a warmer place for the day.
- Prepare to meet some emergent repair needs as they develop throughout the day and as the temperature warms tomorrow.