Put Prevention Into Practice
Dear Prevailing Church Member and Affiliate:
I am passing along some information and precautionary measures that were sent to me yesterday. While we continue to exalt Faith over Fear and Wisdom over Worry, I think it prudent for us to take note of the environment that has been created by the pandemic, social unrest, and the post-election protests and uprising. Therefore, I am forwarding this to you as well. Feel free to also send it to anyone whom you feel may also benefit from it.
A confluence of socio-political events, including the pandemic, civil rights demonstrations, and the recent elections has put unprecedented stress on our communities. It has triggered a combination of fear, uncertainty, helplessness, and anger rarely seen here in the United States.
In response, as the demonstrations continue and the pandemic persists, we deem it prudent to advise staff and families in a NON-ALARMING manner to be ever vigilant and to increase their levels of personal safety awareness. Below are a few safety tips.
Whether staying at home (highly advisable during this pandemic), traveling, or going about normal routines such as going to and from work, the grocery store, or visiting family, THINK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY.
Check the Internet, TV, and radio regularly for information. Radio and local TV may be the best source for local information and alerts. It’s important to stay up to date on the status of events, especially if you need to travel for some reason to help a friend or family member.
Keep a two-week supply of food and water for each member of your household as well as your pets!
Households with infants and young children should stock extra food and supplies, such as diapers and wipes, formula, or baby food.
If you take medication, make sure to have at least five days’ worth at any given time – if you can, we encourage you to have enough for two weeks beyond your scheduled trip. Also, keep a copy of your prescriptions handy.
KEEP A LOW PROFILE
If and when you do leave your home, avoid any groups, demonstrations, or activities that have the potential for problems.
DO WHAT YOU HAVE SET OUT TO DO AND RETURN HOME.
HERE ARE A FEW ADDITIONAL THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
• Avoid clothing, yard signs, flags, bumper stickers, or any other outward communication that advertises your affiliation with organizations, political parties, or hot buttons issues fueling the political unrest (I.e., BLM, Democratic Party, Republican Party, Trump/Pence and/or Biden/Harris).
• Don’t espouse opinions with unfamiliar people that could be perceived as confrontational. There’s nothing wrong with simply being polite and concise with communication. Some people are looking for trouble and it’s best not to give them an excuse to start it.
• Keep your doors locked and garage doors closed.
• Remove any political signage in the yard. Put them in the garage or at least the back of the house.
• Avoid Confrontational Gatherings
• Joining a demonstration or angry gathering is risky. In times of civil unrest, even the most benign gathering or protest can quickly take a turn for the worse especially if there are agitators in the group intent on making trouble.
• Protest if you must, but if part of your responsibility is taking care of your family, you have to consider who needs you more.
• Avoid Traveling Alone - If you must travel, consider having a person accompany you but ask them to remain in the car while you go into a pharmacy or grocery store. Make sure they understand to lock the car doors.
• Let People Know Where You’re Going. Inform people where you’re going and when you expect to return. During a time of civil unrest, even the most placid communities can become volatile or threatening.
• Keep a list of your emergency contacts handy and create a communication plan for reaching family and friends in the event of a crisis.
• Update your social media status often and send messages as regularly as possible to let friends and family know how you are doing.
• Have an exit strategy! Know how you’ll get out of harm’s way without needing to rely on assistance.
• Be sure you know more than one way to get towards safety – the crisis event may make some building exits and even roads impassable or unsafe.
Again, this advisory is NOT Intended to cause undue alarm. However, we believe it is prudent to instill a safety mindset in our PCI family.
Finally, know that we do the natural and God does the supernatural. We continue to declare and decree that we are covered by the blood of Jesus and no weapon that is formed against us shall prosper.
Apostle Matthew C. Haskell Jr.
Vincent P. Oliver