Preparing for Iselle and Julio

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam (Psalm 46:2-3).
 
As two hurricanes approach Hawai'i, the Psalmist’s words offer reassurance in the midst of all our fears and anxieties.  May we experience God’s protective love in the caring that we receive from and extend to our families, churches and communities.
 

Stay Current with Weather and News

The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency website provides recommendations on how you and your church can prepare for storms and hurricanes, as well as latest updates and shelter locations.
 

Download Useful Apps

The American Red Cross has created several smartphone apps, including First Aid, Hurricane and Shelter, that may be useful before and during the storms.  Search for “Red Cross Visionlink” to download these and other apps.
 

Conference Office Closes on Friday

Along with schools, government offices and many businesses, the Hawai'i Conference Office will be closed tomorrow, August 8, and reopen on Monday, August 11. For emergencies, you may call the following persons:
  • Charles Buck, Conference Minister, 808-271-6153
  • Diane Weible, Associate Conference Minister, 808-228-2672
  • Donald Schmidt, Associate Conference Minister, 808-260-6248
  • Kenneth Makuakane, Acting Papa Makua, 808-294-8266

Report Insurance Claims Promptly

While we hope that churches are left untouched, if your church suffers damage and is insured through the UCC Insurance Board, you can report claims online or call the special after-hours line, 800-716-3196, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Hawai'i time).  Claims may also be reported to local Insurance Board representative, David Takagi, by phone at 808-523-6840 during normal business hours.
 

How to Respond and Help

Watch for announcements next week on ways that individuals and churches can help if there are needs following the storms.  The most important response now is to prepare and to help others be prepared. 
 
 

 
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