September 1, 2016

As many of you have seen in the news, tropical storm Hermine has now been upgraded to a hurricane as of this afternoon. At this time we do not expect this storm to make a significant impact on the Alabama-West Florida Conference. However, our prayers are with those in the Florida Conference and other areas as it comes inland. Heavy rain, storm surge and isolated tornadoes can often spawn from a tropical storm once it comes ashore. For the latest updates, we invite you to follow Rev. Chris Perry's Methodist Meteorologist page. Rev. Perry is a pastor in our conference and has a degree in meteorology. He is posting official National Hurricane Center updates as frequently as they are released. 
It is also an appropriate time to review our conference protocol of reporting damage. Should your local church experience damage from this or any storm, first contact your district disaster response coordinator. They will assist you in assessing the damage and reporting it to your district superintendent and our conference leadership. You may find several other forms and documents helpful to ensure your church is prepared
Our connectional system is often at its best when we come together to help those in need. We sincerely appreciate the help many of you have given to the Louisiana flood recovery efforts and will keep you informed of any needs when Hermine has passed. Join us in prayer for those in harm's way. 

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