Peacemakers is Ready to Help

September 05, 2017

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September 5, 2017

Peacemakers cares for our community, and we are working with local agencies to make sure we are prepared to help meet any needs caused by HURRICANE IRMA. The Trinity Church campus has been an American Red Cross Emergency Shelter for all types of natural disasters since Spring 2011. Through our Memorandum of Understanding with the American Red Cross (ARC), our facility in Miami Gardens will be activated as an Emergency Shelter under the direction of the ARC.

During an emergency, the American Red Cross has primary responsibility for the operation of the Emergency Shelter and will designate an ARC official as the shelter manager to manage the sheltering activities. ALL emergency supplies will be distributed by the American Red Cross when the Emergency Shelter is activated.

We want to make sure you know where you can go for assistance. To find an emergency shelter site closest to your home, please check with your county’s Office of Emergency Management for a complete listing of emergency shelters. When our site has been activated, it will be included on the Miami-Dade County list.

In addition to our designation as an ARC Emergency Shelter Site, we also have a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) ready to be deployed by the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management. This amazing team of  Servant Leaders has received extensive training in how to assist people during a natural disaster. Our CERT team is preparing now to be deployed, as necessary. We are ready to help!

Until we are asked to respond, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expects each of us to prepare to take care of own families for the first 72 hours following a natural disaster.

Here is a summary of the items your family needs to have on hand NOW in your family’s disaster supply kit:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3-7 days
  • Non-Perishable Food Items
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Emergency radio
  • First Aid Kit

For a complete list of emergency items, please go to floridadisaster.org. This site includes a complete list for your disaster supply kit and additional important information. For evacuation orders and closures, go to miamidade.gov/emergency/ .