Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Skies are looking much calmer, and we think we're on our way back to sunnier days. I'm sure there will be much opportunity for our missionaries to serve those who have suffered because of the flooding. We will continue to update throughout the day, or until the threat of bad weather is gone. One more positive attitude statement from our Chipley and Greenhead Sisters, "After receiving a couple of tornado warnings in the middle of the night, Sisters Krebs, Pickett, Shattuck, and Schmidt first grab our nametags and journals as we head downstairs to the laundry room to hunker down. We may be in the middle of a tornado warning, but we are missionaries first!". Who wouldn't love taking care of these missionaries with such positive attitude?
We have been checking in with almost 300 missionaries consistently this morning, and I have to say that they all have such a great attitude about this high adventure! They are all safe and inside their apartments. We do have a few apartments in Mobile, Alabama without power, sewer, and water, but they are prepared. I thought I'd post some of the funny response's I received from missionaries when I asked if they're doing okay. Perdido Sisters "We have a swimming pool in our back, front and side yard!!! Holler! But don't worry...as tempting as muddy water is, we won't go swimming!" Pace Sisters "We went swimming in our apartment, and it was totally legit!! (There apartment was flooded) Foley Elders "This is the craziest storm I've ever seen! I have never seen so much water fall from the sky! Our apartment parking lot turned into a mini pool last night. Don't worry, we didn't even think of going for a swim!" Brewton Sisters "We are doing fine. We would like some icecream right now...but we'll manage some how!" Navarre Elders "When you get three tornado warnings that say "take shelter NOW!", that means you finish your daily planning hiding in the bath tub." Navarre Sisters "It was pretty crazy watching the pool and parking lot fill with water until they combined to make one big body of water." Gulf Breeze Elders"Well, a little water won't kill you, but a lot of water might, but being a missionary keeps us safe!"
Our Mission has been hit hard with flash flooding. We have moved some missionaries out of their apartments in Pensacola because of the flooding. They are safe and some are staying with Members. The Weather report suggests that the flooding will continue through today, moving into Panama City and Tallahassee. We will continue to monitor the safety of our missionaries 24 hours until the storm subsides. Missionaries have been instructed not to leave their apartments today, unless there is an emergency. We will post again when we have more information.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
All missionaries continue to stay inside, and are safe. This seems as good a time as any to ask parents to help us prepare your missionary for future storms. A 72 hour back pack is required for all missionaries. We have put together back packs and they are ready for distribution, but they must be purchased by the missionary or the missionaries parents. The cost is $25.00 for a back pack filled with necessary items in case of an emergency. We also have the bags available for purchase at $5.00 if the missionary would prefer to fill them.
We are aware of the Tornado watch for ALL of our mission area. We have been in touch with all of our missionaries, and all are safe. They are gathered together in Church buildings in their areas right now for District Meeting, which is the safest place for them to be. They have been instructed not to travel today, and we will continue to watch and prepare appropriately if necessary. We will update this blog with additional information as needed.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Monday, April 21, 2014
This weekend we visited Monroeville, ALABAMA. Shortly after arriving we saw two of our missionaries out working. It's always great to see them, and especially when they are working hard!