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First Baptist Church of Alva Hurricane Seminar to cover preparedness, coping skills

May 17, 2018
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Later this month, the community is invited to attend a free Hurricane Seminar at First Baptist Church of Alva, which will touch upon preparedness and coping skills.

Alva United Methodist Church Parish Nurse Debbie Carney said four churches decided to come together to offer a Hurricane Seminar before the 2018 hurricane season begins June 1.

"We are going to start to meet, come together and offer health programs for all of our churches. There is so much available to everyone out of Lee Health," she said. "We are trying to help our neighbors. The churches want to help everyone, be there for everyone."

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Hurricane Irma caused this stilt house on 40th Street, S.W., to collapse. The homeowner had evacuated before the storm.


Carney said a pharmacist shared how traumatized people had been following Hurricane Irma. She said with the coming hurricane season all those worries and fears are surfacing again.

"She felt strongly that we should do something in our community to educate people and let people know we are here to alleviate the stress," Carney said. "We all kind of took the brunt of it (Hurricane Irma). Some people are still not back to normal. That is why we decided to hold the event."

The seminar will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, at First Baptist Church of Alva, 2790 Joel Blvd.

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The Lee County Emergency Management Services and Project Hope will be attendance to share how to be better prepared this hurricane season, June 1 through Nov. 30, as well as provide some coping strategies.

"They (Project Hope) kindly agreed to come to the event to help people with coping skills. Project Hope engages survivors of Hurricane Irma . . . identifies their strengths and resilience," Carney said.

Rev. Roper, she said, will provide a theological touch for the hurricane seminar as well.

"It should be all encompassing," Carney said of the information that will be provided.



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