Tuesday, September 5, 2017
September 5, 2017
We are very aware of your loving concern for your missionaries as Hurricane Irma approaches. Please know that every precaution is being taken to safeguard your sons and daughters. You can be completely confident in President and Sister Garns' commitment to take all necessary steps to protect the missionaries.
The President and AP's had a mission-wide conference call yesterday morning telling the Elders and Sisters how to prepare. They were advised to stock up on supplies and water, have their emergency backpacks ready, to keep their gas tanks full, and make sure their phones are kept charged. Each missionary has been given emergency cash.
An evacuation plan is in place if needed. Missionaries will be relocated to Church buildings if conditions require that they move. Your missionaries have been instructed to be packed and ready to leave their homes and apartments if instructed to do so.
It is still uncertain when/if evacuations will be necessary in various areas of the mission. The Key West Elders will leave the Florida Keys tomorrow morning, well ahead of the recommended evacuation times. The mission leadership is carefully monitoring the storm as it nears.
This Friday's temple trip which was scheduled for the Palm Beach, Naples, and Fort Myers Zones has been postponed. Due to this change, all missionaries will have P-Day today, Tuesday, September 5th.
We will keep you advised as more reliable storm patterns are available.
We would very much appreciate your faith and prayers.