Thursday, 21 December 2017

Stay Safe this Summer

Written by Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson

The Australian summer is a high-risk time of bushfires, storms, cyclones and heatwaves, and these natural crises never affect people evenly.

Since its inception 40 years ago, the Uniting Church has continued to live out its calling to support the most vulnerable in our society.

The Scriptures are overflowing with God’s heart to care for people who were most vulnerable: the poor, the widowed, and people who are economically or socially in places of hardship.

I urge you to pay particular attention to the most vulnerable in your church and community:

  • People living in caravan parks, many who already face numerous challenges around housing, domestic violence and care for families, are often the first evacuated or affected due to flash flooding, as caravans are commonly on low-lying ground. 
  • Elderly people, the ill, and small children are particularly vulnerable to heatwave. The effects of heatwave kills or hospitalises more people in Australia than any other natural disaster, and elderly people often do not have air-conditioning in their homes or are concerned about the ability to pay for power to combat the heat.

Earlier this year I wrote a blog about a simple strategy of caring for one another in a heatwave.

Have a blessed Christmas, and keep safe over the summer break.