Throughout history, Florida has been no stranger to hurricanes. Most recently, during the 2004 and 2005 hurricane season several of our sister dioceses have experienced significant damage to persons and property. The Diocese of St. Augustine provided financial assistance to the affected dioceses, including our neighboring diocese on the gulf coast.
We cannot and should not become complacent because once again we have been spared in our diocese. We need to learn from our sister dioceses and be prepared for what very well may be inevitable.
This Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide is designed to serve as a foundational piece of information to motivate parishes to think of ways to prepare for and survive hurricanes.
An effective hurricane preparation and recovery plan must be parish-based. The Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide suggests that each parish, school and diocesan facility establish its own Hurricane Planning Committee and review the materials presented in the guide to assist you.
The Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery Guide is a living document that can and should be amended as circumstances, needs and resources change. Each parish, school and church institution is encouraged to use this guide as a starting point for hurricane preparedness and recovery.
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful planning and preparation.
William C. Beitz
Flagler County has an evacuation plan for the elderly and handicapped who would need to be removed from their homes, however people need to register with the county BEFORE a storm hits. Could we possibly put up the link so that parishioners could download and fill out. I think that this would be a great public service.