To support Florida communities through disaster preparedness, response and recovery working in partnership with community, government and faith-based organizations.
VISION AND VALUES
The Florida Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Network (FLAPDAN) provides disaster training, preparation, and response resources for churches and their communities and fosters a mutual network of support to better equip communities in times of natural and human-caused disaster. Our core values include:
Provide training for disaster preparedness and disaster response.
Focuses on the long term recovery of disaster impacted communities.
Connects partners locally and Statewide with key organizations active in the disaster training and response — FLVOAD (Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), Red Cross, FEMA, and other State and Local Emergency Management organizations.
Seeks to expand awareness over the next five years for the need to prepare for crises and catastrophic event management in Florida communities.
Hurricanes HERMINE and MATTHEW…
It had been over ten years since Florida experienced a land falling hurricane, but our streak of good fortune has run out with two hurricanes this season. Hurricane Hermine came ashore in early September on the west coast affecting many areas in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay and then traveled across the state into Presbytery of Florida. In October, Hurricane Matthew rode the east coast all the way up to North Carolina, severely affecting Central Florida and St. Augustine Presbyteries as well as other presbyteries to the north. Most of the damage from these two storms was caused by tidal surge and flooding, inundating homes with up to four feet of water. Several Florida churches saw water damage from roof leaks and downed trees.
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