Saint Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church

1 St. Francis Drive - Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Disaster Preparedness

Prayers during a Hurricane

Family of St. Francis,

As you are aware, a major hurricane is anticipated to come ashore tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10, somewhere along the Gulf Coast. Your preparations for the storm should be close to completion now.

Church closed/no Eucharist Weds: The church office will be closed Wednesday, October 11, and there will be no noon Eucharist or other service offered. We anticipate weekend activities will go on as scheduled.

We hope to avoid a major impact here from the storm, are praying for those in the storm's path and will be ready to offer a helping hand to those in need following the storm.

The current predictions indicate the eye of the probable Category 3 storm will be east of here: with Panama City in the center of the "cone". Storm surge is predicted to be very high in the quadrants each of Panama City. We here will experience lesser (though still considerable) wind speeds and much rain.

Shelter - If you are uncomfortable sheltering in your home, and have no made other evacuation plans, you may evacuate TODAY to the Santa Rosa County Shelter, which opens at 1 p.m. The shelter is located at the Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom Street, Milton. Gulf Breeze, because of the location of the water, encourages taking shelter elsewhere. Especially with Michael being a category 3, though Gulf Breeze if not being hit directly, St. Francis will not be used as a shelter during the storm.

The facility in Milton is pet-friendly and also equipped to accommodate those with special needs. Pet owners must stay with their pets. Those with special needs must come with their caregiver. Pet owners and special need residents should be registered with Santa Rosa County. Bring the following supplies:
  Wallet/purse including person I.D.
  Eyeglasses, medications, proper clothing, family pets
  Three days' worth of personal supplies to meet individual needs of your family and pets
  Toiletries and person items, blankets or sleeping bags, games or toys for children, books for adults
  Any special dietary needs and nonperishable foods for snacks

Residents who choose to evacuate are reminded that you need not travel outside the county.  It is often easier to shelter with family or friends who live outside the called evacuation zones, a hotel or a public shelter.

For any questions or needed clarification, please contact our Emergency Preparedness coordinators - Alice Lane and Martha McMahon. Please take note of the attached litary of prayers.

God's peace be with you on this night and especially tomorrow.

Tim Backus
Rector, St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church