Letter to the Editor: Tornado a reminder of emergency preparation guide for churches

The April 27, 2014 tornado that caused destruction in western Pulaski County, Mayflower and Vilonia is a reminder that we all need to be prepared for emergencies, such as tornadoes, fire and other potential disasters.  This preparedness applies to homes, businesses and churches. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a “Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship” (http://www.ucciaconf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Developing_EOPs_for_Houses_of_Worship_FINAL.pdf) that can assist churches with developing plans to handle potential emergencies. In addition, the State of Arkansas, each county, and major cities have Emergency Management Offices that can help churches with their emergency plans. 
My mother, a member of Winfield UMC Little Rock, used to tell me “A stitch in time saves nine.” The same is true with emergency planning.  Emergency planning done ahead of time can save lives and injury for people at a church during a hazardous situation.
Glen Harrison First UMC Lawrence, Kan.