Before a hurricane strikes, you can help prepare your church property in various ways to reduce and minimize disaster risk and damage.
The path of destruction and the fallout caused by disasters can be random. Despite planning and mitigating preparations, there may be times when no course of action could have prevented property damage. There are other cases in which churches—seemingly miraculously—go unscathed or experience just minor damage. Regardless, you should still take precautions where you can to enhance your property’s ability to weather adversity. You should prepare your church to the best of your abilities and resources, as though your church will be the one still standing after the storm. Doing so will better position your church to continue to minister to those around you once that storm passes.
Here are several strategies you can implement to help get your church property ready, as well a worksheet to help guide your preparedness efforts.
What to Do Before the Storm Strikes
The following steps are taken from a FEMA guide and are examples of easy-to-implement, low-to-no-cost mitigation steps.
- Remove all debris from culverts, streams, and channels to allow the free flow of potential floodwaters.
- Clean storm drains and gutters and remove debris from around the church.
- Move shrubs and other landscaping away from the sides of the building.
- Clear dead brush and grass from the property so that it won’t serve as fuel to spread fire.
- Install cabinet locks.