Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center
The FWCOC Resource Center is a way for members to use their gifts and talents to serve God and mankind. All resources and activities listed on the site are provided FREE of charge to residents of the greater Houston area. If you are wondering how we can offer these services free, the answer lies at the heart of what we understand as God’s directive for our lives. "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10). The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief is our way of providing a profile of Ministries at Work.
The FWCOC Ministry In-Brief - Health and Wellness Ministry
Maintaining Wellness During Storms: Part I - Tangible Assets
Some say that your past experiences, achievements, successes, and disappointments are assets in your life. If that’s true, is your life analogous to running a business, with tangible and intangible assets? If you ask business owners, most will tell you that assets—both tangible and intangible—are critical indicators of a business’s value and overall profitability. “So, are you saying my life is a business?” In some ways, yes. I am saying that your life is like running a business, at least as it relates to intangible and tangible assets. “Okay, I’m confused. I have never run a business, so explain.” Good point!
Let’s apply this analogy to weather disasters—tropical storms, hurricanes, linked to science—and in Part I look at the tangible assets that help you maintain your stability and overall well-being during such events.
Tangible Asset Preparedness During Extreme Weather Events
The COVID-19 pandemic means that, in this day and age, everyone has directly or indirectly experienced the reality of science; everyone now understands that science is not a luxury, but a necessity. So why should extreme weather events be any different? Yes, we know that extreme weather will eventually end, but it usually lasts for a period of time that is not exactly known.
One way to understand weather events and their associated impacts is to understand how systems interact across the world. A SYSTEM is a key concept of science and easily understood by most in science. A SYSTEM as defined by leading science researchers is a group of things or events which can be defined, at least in part, by boundaries that one person can communicate to another, which enable it to be discussed and studied more effectively. This can range from ecological systems (ponds, lakes, oceans, etc.) to mechanical systems (gondolas, water systems, pumps, etc.) and body systems (respiratory, cardiovascular, integumentary, etc.).
If we look at the world as a global collection of systems that interact across seasons, we can understand the impacts of a hurricane or tropical storm. “Okay, that’s great for a science lecture, but what does this have to do with me getting through a storm? I just want it to go away so I can get back to normal!” You can easily be impacted by weather events without understanding the impacts across systems. It is critical to understand how systems work as simple activities during extreme weather events become rationed or unavailable and the messaging from officials becomes confusing.
Tangible assets are easy to obtain if you have the resources and prepare well in advance of tropical storms and hurricanes. The National Weather Service (NWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are two organizations that work in concert to help in your planning of tangible items before storms. Highlights of both are noted below:
- NWS provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy.
- The mission of NOAA is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.
Entities turn to these organizations to help forecast weather events across the world. For those in states near saltwater ecological systems that are prone to tropical storms and hurricanes, NWS and NOAA advise people to prepare in the following ways:
- Determine your risk (storm surge, strong winds, tornadoes, flooding, etc.)
- Develop an evaluation plan (evacuation zones, bag of supplies/necessities ready, evacuation routes, plan for pets, evacuation for local orders, etc.)
- Assemble disaster supplies (food, water, medications, full tank of gas, batteries, generators, phone chargers, cash, etc.)
- Get an insurance checkup (review policies/documents, flood insurance)
- Strengthen your home (windows, loose outdoor items, trees, vehicles, secure doors)
- Help your neighbor (help them prepare and evacuate if necessary, check-in on them)
- Complete a written plan (contact list, maintain important documents for easy access, have a way to share plans)
(Sources: noaa.gov, weather.gov)
A key part of tangible plans is documentation and captures of the actual visual scenes (pictures, video clips), including, as much as possible, recordings from before, during, and after. Digital devices are common, and you can always save such recordings to storage areas (email, servers, online cloud systems, fire-/water-proof cases, etc.) to keep a record of any damage. Just remember to stay alert and to document your experiences and store them in a place that is safe. (Continued in Maintaining Wellness During Storms: Part II - Intangible Assets)
Matthew 8:23-27 23"When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24And behold, a violent storm developed on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Source: Bible – New American Standard (NASB))
Ministry: Health and Wellness.
Coordinator(s) and/or Volunteer(s): Leroy Mobley, Karl Spencer.
Ministry In-Brief Administrator and Volunteer(s): Karl Spencer, Yolonda Gaines.
Location: Fifth Ward Church of Christ Resource Center.
Ministry In-Brief Archive:
Resource Center Highlights
The Goals and Vision of the center are to:
(1) Offer quality resources that contribute to the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of local community residents and the Greater Houston Area;
(2) Provide an opportunity for every desiring member to use their particular gifts in service to God and mankind;
(3) Cultivate a community of believers who support and encourage one another, and who ultimately bring glory to God; and
(4) Create opportunities to share the goods news of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom.
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