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Local Group Preps for Disaster

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The months are getting warmer, and that means hurricane season is just around the corner.

June 1st is the official first day of the hurricane season, and one local group is already in the planning stages to help our community if disaster strikes.

They can strike anywhere, at any time. But instead of being reactive, Savannah Christian Church believes its best to be prepared.

Phillip Fincher is the associate outreach pastor and it's his mission to get members outside the church, and into the streets where they are needed the most.

"One of the main phrases in our church is ‘Choose Compassion.' So we thought, what a better way to choose compassion than to be on the lookout for disaster--or if we hear about a disaster, send some of our resources to that area and help people there."

To have a group like this one has always been a goal for the church. In years past, members were able to help make it a reality when hurricanes wiped out towns and devastated communities.

"One of our guys, Brian, he went down to Katrina in New Orleans and was down there for a while. He did a lot of the ripping out of sheet rock, shoveling mud and taking care of families. It was a lot of cleanup work. Then this fall when Hurricane Sandy hit the Breezy Point area, we deployed a team up there and they did just that."

But it goes so much deeper. In the wake of devastation, disaster victims are often in great need of physical, emotional and spiritual care---and the Savannah Christian team wants to be there to help pick up the pieces.

"You might just see it as a destroyed house, but is their memories; it's what they worked for their entire life. So never miss an opportunity to sit down with a family, hear their story, cry with them, hug them and be there for them."

They are ready to rebuild and restore people and their property, here in our own back yard.

"One email goes out, the flood of people start coming in, we meet together, we plan, everyone brings their tools, we pray and then we deploy them out to help people here in Savannah."

Savannah Christian partners with several different outreach groups that help mobilize disaster crews. No special skills are required, and anyone is welcome to join in their efforts.

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