Update storm precautions as weather patterns change

The recent storm damage along the East Coast is an unfortunate reminder that we seem to have entered a period of “superstorms.” Congregations would be well-served by updating their storm preparation procedures, including a review of their insurance policies.

The following article from the InterConnections archive outlines practices that are useful in advance of, during, and following a storm. They include keeping the institution’s insurance policy some place other than the congregation’s building, checking the limits on your policies, and considering flood insurance, since areas are being flooded that haven’t been before. Read the full article,  With Wilder Weather, Check Your Insurance, for more information.

More flood relief needed

Congregations in Tennessee and Kentucky, which suffered severe damage from flooding in early May, need more help say the Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley, district executive of the Heartland District, and Annette Marquis, district executive of the Thomas Jefferson District.

In Kentucky, flooding put five feet of water into the UU Church of Bowling Green’s new congregational hall and religious education building. Damage was estimated to be $100,000 and was not covered by insurance. More than 70 UU families, primarily in the Bowling Green and Nashville areas, experienced everything from minor damage to total loss of their homes, with an estimated cost of $575,000.

A member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville has created three short video interviews with flood victims. They can be viewed on YouTube. A video of the Bowling Green damage is here.

Presley says the UUA TN/KY Flood Relief Fund, and a separate fund in the Heartland District, have received about $44,500 in contributions since the funds were set up in May. About $26,000 has been distributed.

She says, “If you have not yet asked your congregation members to make a donation to the fund, please do. This particular fund will help ensure that these congregations and their members will still be standing strong in their communities. An article about the flooding appeared on uuworld.org on May 10.

Donations can be made online here, or mailed to the UUA, 25 Beacon St., Boston MA 02108. Attn: Stewardship & Development Gift Processing. Please note “Nashville Flood Relief” somewhere on the check.