Hurricane Irma: North Carolina Social Media by County

You should try to evacuate to the home of a friend or family member outside of the Evacuation Area. A shelter should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go.

As we can see from Houston, it’s not a good idea to rely heavily on what the government tells you concerning evacuation plans.  Furthermore, it is better to evacuate ahead of others so that it cuts down on chaos of trying to get out of “choke zones”.

If you are unsure if you are in an area that is at risk for flooding, type in your address on this FEMA webpage (search bar is on the top right of the page).

http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=cbe088e7c8704464aa0fc34eb99e7f30&extent=-83.42410623291009%2C30.456784055014317%2C-83.39595376708981%2C30.481196725413312

The following list is what the team could find regarding best methods of keeping updates in your county.

Alamance

https://www.facebook.com/AlamanceCounty

https://twitter.com/AlamanceNC

Alexander

https://www.facebook.com/alexandercounty

https://twitter.com/alexcoalerts

Alleghany

https://www.facebook.com/alleghanycountygov/

Anson

N/A

Ashe

https://twitter.com/ashecogov

https://www.facebook.com/AsheCoGov

Avery

https://www.facebook.com/averysheriffsoffice/

Beaufort

https://www.facebook.com/bcemergencymanagement/

Bertie

https://www.facebook.com/BertieCounty/

Bladen

https://www.facebook.com/BladenEMS/

Brunswick

https://www.facebook.com/BrunswickCounty/

https://www.facebook.com/BrunscoES/

Buncombe

https://www.facebook.com/buncombeGov

Burke

https://www.facebook.com/BurkeCountyNC/

Cabarrus

https://www.facebook.com/CabarrusSheriff

https://twitter.com/CabarrusCounty

Caldwell

N/A

Camden

https://www.facebook.com/CamPasqEM

https://twitter.com/PasqCamdenEM

Carteret

https://www.facebook.com/CCES7

https://twitter.com/CarteretCoGov

Caswell

https://www.facebook.com/Caswell-County-Emergency-Management-417526984949052/

Catawba

https://www.facebook.com/catawbacountync

https://twitter.com/catcoem

Chatham

https://twitter.com/ChathamCountyNC

Cherokee

https://www.facebook.com/VisitCherokeeNC

Chowan

https://www.facebook.com/Chowan-County-North-Carolina-519995551370654/

Clay

N/A

Cleveland

https://www.facebook.com/Cleveland-County-Sheriffs-Office-157039237699058/

Columbus

https://www.facebook.com/Columbus-County-Sheriffs-Office-276489649187112/

Craven

N/A

Cumberland

https://www.facebook.com/CumberlandNC

https://twitter.com/CumberlandNC

Currituck

https://twitter.com/CurrituckGov

https://www.facebook.com/CurrituckGovernment

Dare

https://www.facebook.com/darecountysheriff

Davidson

N/A

Davie

https://www.facebook.com/daviecountysheriff

https://twitter.com/DavieGovt

Duplin

https://www.facebook.com/Duplin-County-Sheriffs-Office-105757762780882/

Durham

https://twitter.com/DurhamCounty

https://www.facebook.com/DurhamCountyGov

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

N/A

Edgecombe

https://twitter.com/edgecombecounty

Forsyth

https://www.facebook.com/ReadyFORSYTH

https://twitter.com/ReadyForsyth

Franklin

N/A

Gaston

https://www.facebook.com/YourPD/

Gates

https://www.facebook.com/gatesem/

Graham

N/A

Granville

https://www.facebook.com/Granville-County-Sheriffs-Office-473499249522624/

https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleCountyGov/

Greene

https://www.facebook.com/gcems40/

Guilford

https://www.facebook.com/GuilfordCounty

Halifax

N/A

Harnett

https://www.facebook.com/HarnettCounty

https://twitter.com/HarnettCounty

Haywood

https://www.facebook.com/HCNCSheriff

Henderson

https://www.facebook.com/hendersoncountyncsheriff

https://twitter.com/HendersonCoGovt

Hertford

https://www.facebook.com/hertfordcountync/

Hoke

N/A

Hyde

https://twitter.com/HydeNC

https://www.facebook.com/HydeCountyNC/

Iredell

https://www.facebook.com/iredellcoems

Jackson

https://www.facebook.com/jonescountync.gov/

Johnston

N/A

Jones

https://www.facebook.com/jonescountyncema/

Lee

https://www.facebook.com/Lee-County-NC-Emergency-Services-197109838468/

Lenoir

https://www.facebook.com/LenoirCountyEmergencyServices

Lincoln

https://www.facebook.com/Lincoln-County-NC-133551067579/timeline/

Macon

https://www.facebook.com/Macon-County-Sheriffs-Office-178160228920378/

Madison

https://www.facebook.com/MadisonCountyNCSheriff/

Martin

https://www.facebook.com/Martin-County-Emergency-Management-248688775201156/

McDowell

https://twitter.com/mcdowellgov

https://www.facebook.com/McDowell-County-911-Emergency-Management-362615623753235/

Mecklenburg

https://twitter.com/charmeckem

https://www.facebook.com/charmeckem/

Mitchell

https://www.facebook.com/mitchellcountyem/

Montgomery

https://www.facebook.com/MontgomeryCountyNC/

Moore

https://www.facebook.com/moorecountyps/

Nash

https://twitter.com/NashCoES

https://www.facebook.com/Nash-County-Division-of-Emergency-Management-196105003793295/timeline/

New Hanover

https://twitter.com/newhanoverco

https://www.facebook.com/newhanoverco/

Northampton

https://www.facebook.com/nhncem

Onslow

https://twitter.com/OnslowES

Orange

https://www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency

https://twitter.com/ocncemergency

Pamlico

https://www.facebook.com/Pamlico-County-Emergency-Management-498800363626800/

Pasquotank

https://www.facebook.com/CamPasqEM

https://twitter.com/PasqCamdenEM

Pender

https://www.facebook.com/penderem

https://twitter.com/pendercountyem

Perquimans

https://www.facebook.com/perquimans/

Person

https://www.facebook.com/PersonCoGovt/

Pitt

https://twitter.com/pittcountync

Polk

https://www.facebook.com/Our-Polk-County-NC-786587771434488/

Randolph

https://www.facebook.com/Randolph-County-Emergency-Services-170950469622239/

Richmond

https://www.facebook.com/richmondnc/

Robeson

N/A

Rockingham

https://www.facebook.com/RockinghamCountyNC/

Rowan

https://www.facebook.com/RowanCountyEmergencyServices

https://twitter.com/RowanCountyES

Rutherford

https://www.facebook.com/Rutherford-County-Sheriff-Office-NC-163547897054167/

Sampson

https://www.facebook.com/sampsoncounty/

Scotland

https://www.facebook.com/Scotland-County-NC-151710308256262/

Stanly

https://www.facebook.com/StanlyCountyEM/

Stokes

https://www.facebook.com/Stokes-and-Surry-County-incident-Alerts-1382709925303877/

Surry

https://www.facebook.com/Stokes-and-Surry-County-incident-Alerts-1382709925303877/

Swain

https://www.facebook.com/Swain-County-Emergency-Services-514400742023925/

Transylvania

https://www.facebook.com/TransylvaniaCounty/

Tyrrell

N/A

Union

https://www.facebook.com/ucsonc/

Vance

https://www.facebook.com/vancecountyemergencyoperations/

https://www.facebook.com/VanceCountyGov/

Wake

https://twitter.com/readywake/

Warren

https://www.facebook.com/WarrenCountyFiremensAssociation/

Washington

N/A

Watauga

https://www.facebook.com/Watauga-County-Communications-156288987820476/

https://twitter.com/WataugaCommCent

Wayne

N/A

Wilkes

https://www.facebook.com/Wilkescountyems/

Wilson

https://www.facebook.com/2016ReadyWilsonCounty/

https://www.facebook.com/wilsoncountygov/

Yadkin

https://www.facebook.com/Yadkin-County-Rescue-Squad-EMS-Inc-141195445960576/

Yancey

https://www.facebook.com/YanceyCountyE911/

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Hurricane Irma: South Carolina Social Media by County

 

You should try to evacuate to the home of a friend or family member outside of the Evacuation Area. A shelter should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go.

As we can see from Houston, it’s not a good idea to rely heavily on what the government tells you concerning evacuation plans.  Furthermore, it is better to evacuate ahead of others so that it cuts down on chaos of trying to get out of “choke zones”.

If you are unsure if you are in an area that is at risk for flooding, type in your address on this FEMA webpage (search bar is on the top right of the page).

http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=cbe088e7c8704464aa0fc34eb99e7f30&extent=-83.42410623291009%2C30.456784055014317%2C-83.39595376708981%2C30.481196725413312

The following list is what the team could find regarding best methods of keeping updates in your county.

Abbeville County

https://www.facebook.com/abbevillesheriff/

Aiken County

https://www.facebook.com/aikencountygov

https://twitter.com/AikenCountyGov

Allendale County

N/A

Anderson County

https://www.facebook.com/andersoncountyes/

https://twitter.com/AndersonSheriff

Bamberg County

https://www.facebook.com/BambergCounty/

Barnwell County

Beaufort County

https://www.facebook.com/BeaufortCoSO/

https://twitter.com/bcsotraffic

Berkeley County

https://www.facebook.com/BerkeleySCGov/

https://twitter.com/berkeleyscgov

Calhoun County

https://www.facebook.com/calhouncountysc/

https://www.facebook.com/ccemdsc/

Charleston County

https://twitter.com/ChasCountyGov

https://www.facebook.com/ChasCountyGov/

Cherokee County

N/A

Chester County

https://www.facebook.com/ChesterCountyEmergencyManagement/

Chesterfield County

N/A

Clarendon County

https://www.facebook.com/ClarendonCounty

https://twitter.com/ClarendonSCgov

Colleton County

https://www.facebook.com/Colleton-County-Sheriffs-Office-198138056959292/

Darlington County

https://www.facebook.com/DCEmergencyManagement/

https://twitter.com/DarCoEmMgmt

Dillon County

https://www.facebook.com/Dillon-County-Disaster-Preparedness-Agency-168709933187963/

Dorchester County

https://twitter.com/DorchesterSCGov

https://twitter.com/DorchesterCoEMD

Edgefield County

N/A

Fairfield County

N/A

Florence County

https://www.facebook.com/FlorenceCoEMD/

Georgetown County

https://twitter.com/GtCountySC

Greenville County

https://twitter.com/greenvillecoemd

https://www.facebook.com/GreenvilleCoEMD/

Greenwood County

https://www.facebook.com/SCGwd/

https://twitter.com/ScGwd

Hampton County

https://www.facebook.com/HCSCGOV/

Horry County

https://www.facebook.com/horrycountyemergencymanagementdepartment/

https://twitter.com/HorryEMD

Jasper County

https://twitter.com/jaspersc_fire

Kershaw County

https://www.facebook.com/countyofkershaw

https://twitter.com/kershawcountysc

Lancaster County

N/A

Laurens County

https://www.facebook.com/LaurensCoEMS/

Lee County

N/A

Lexington County

N/A

Marion County

https://www.facebook.com/MCSCEMA/

Marlboro County

https://www.facebook.com/MarlboroCountySheriffsOffice/

McCormick County

https://www.facebook.com/mccormick.es

Newberry County

https://www.facebook.com/Newberry-County-Sheriffs-Office-137104661002/

Oconee County

https://twitter.com/oconeelaw

Orangeburg County

https://www.facebook.com/OrangeburgCountyEmergencyServices/

https://twitter.com/ObgEmerOps

Pickens County

https://www.facebook.com/PickensCountySC/

Richland County

https://www.facebook.com/RichlandCountySheriffsDepartment/

Saluda County

https://www.facebook.com/Saluda-County-Emergency-Management-Division-417765291705023/

Spartanburg County

N/A

Sumter County

https://www.facebook.com/SumterCountySC

Union County

https://www.facebook.com/UnionSCSheriff/

Williamsburg County

https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsburgCountyGovernment

https://www.facebook.com/Williamsburgsheriff/

York County

https://www.facebook.com/yorkcountyoem/

https://twitter.com/YorkCountyOEM

 

Hurricane Irma: Georgia’s Social Media by County

You should try to evacuate to the home of a friend or family member outside of the Evacuation Area. A shelter should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go.

As we can see from Houston, it’s not a good idea to rely heavily on what the government tells you concerning evacuation plans.  Furthermore, it is better to evacuate ahead of others so that it cuts down on chaos of trying to get out of “choke zones”.

If you are unsure if you are in an area that is at risk for flooding, type in your address on this FEMA webpage (search bar is on the top right of the page).

http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=cbe088e7c8704464aa0fc34eb99e7f30&extent=-83.42410623291009%2C30.456784055014317%2C-83.39595376708981%2C30.481196725413312

The following list is what the team could find regarding best methods of keeping updates in your county.  Some of these counties have already listed that they have openings, while at least one we found listed that they were looking for churches to volunteer as open shelters.

 

Appling County

https://twitter.com/ApplingEMA

https://www.facebook.com/applingcountyema/

Atkinson

https://www.facebook.com/atcoema/

Bacon

N/A

Baker

N/A

Baldwin

https://www.facebook.com/baldwin.sheriff/

https://www.facebook.com/baldwincountyfirerescue/

http://www.baldwincountyga.com/wp-content/uploads/Emergency-Operation-Plan.pdf (Pg. 133)

Banks

https://www.facebook.com/bankscountygaemergencyservices/

https://www.facebook.com/baldwincountyfirerescue/

Barrow

https://www.facebook.com/BarrowSheriff/

https://www.facebook.com/Barrow-County-Emergency-Services-230247247012720/\

Bartow

https://www.facebook.com/Bartow-County-Sheriffs-Office-Official-197099780388466/

Ben Hill

https://www.facebook.com/Ben-Hill-County-Office-of-Emergency-Management-114722119208533/

Berrien

https://www.facebook.com/berriencountysheriff/

Bibb

https://www.facebook.com/BibbCountySheriffsOffice/

https://www.facebook.com/MaconBibbEMA/

Bleckley

https://www.facebook.com/BleckleyCounty/

Brantley

https://www.facebook.com/brantleyema/

Brooks

https://www.facebook.com/brookscountygeorgia/

Bryan

https://www.facebook.com/BryanCountyEmergencyServices/

Bulloch

https://www.facebook.com/Bulloch-County-Sheriffs-Office-110730032379346/

Burke

https://www.facebook.com/BurkeCountySheriffGeorgia/

Butts

https://www.facebook.com/ButtsCountySheriff/

Calhoun

Camden

https://www.facebook.com/CamdenCountySheriff/

https://www.facebook.com/CamdenCountyGA/

Candler

Carroll

https://www.facebook.com/carrollcountyga/

Catoosa

https://www.facebook.com/carrollcountyga/

Chatham

https://www.facebook.com/ChathamEMA/

Chattahoochee

N/A

Chattooga

https://twitter.com/ChattoogaGA

Cherokee

https://www.facebook.com/cherokeesheriffsoffice/

Clarke

https://www.facebook.com/accgov/

https://twitter.com/accgov

Clay

N/A

Clayton

https://www.facebook.com/ClaytonCountyGeorgia

https://twitter.com/claytoncountyga

Clinch

N/A

Cobb

https://www.facebook.com/CobbCountyPoliceDepartment

https://twitter.com/cobbsheriff

Coffee

Colquitt

https://www.facebook.com/Colquitt-County-Board-of-Commissioners-1751310115114502/

Columbia

https://www.facebook.com/ColumbiaCtyGa

Cook

N/A

Coweta

https://www.facebook.com/cowetacounty/

https://twitter.com/cowetageorgia

Crawford

N/A

Crisp

https://www.facebook.com/Crisp-County-Sheriffs-Office-460939267295000/

Dade

https://www.facebook.com/Dade-County-Sheriffs-Office-677475755615644/

Dawson

https://www.facebook.com/DawsonCountyGovernment

https://twitter.com/DawsonCoGov

Decatur

https://www.facebook.com/Decatur-County-Sheriffs-Office-Georgia-151739828180168/

DeKalb

https://www.facebook.com/ItsInDeKalbGA/

https://twitter.com/ItsInDeKalb

Dodge

N/A

Dooly

N/A

Dougherty

https://www.facebook.com/Dougherty-County-Sheriffs-Office-175249382531092/

Douglass

https://www.facebook.com/DCSheriffGA/

Early

N/A

Echols

https://www.facebook.com/Echols.County/

Effingham

https://www.facebook.com/EffinghamCountyGA/

Elbert

https://www.facebook.com/ECEMSERV/

Emanuel

https://www.facebook.com/swainsboroemanuelcountychamber

Evans

https://www.facebook.com/EvansCountyEMA/

Fannin

https://www.facebook.com/FanninCountyEMA/

Fayette

https://www.facebook.com/fayettecountysheriffga/

Floyd

https://www.facebook.com/floydcountyga/

https://www.facebook.com/FloydCountyE911GA/

Forsyth

https://www.facebook.com/ForsythCountyGovernment/

Franklin

https://www.facebook.com/franklincountyso/

Fulton

https://www.facebook.com/AFCEMA

Gilmer

https://www.facebook.com/Gilmer-County-Public-Safety-322555931107003/

Glascock

N/A

Glynn

https://www.facebook.com/glynncountyboc/

https://twitter.com/GlynnCounty

Gordon

https://www.facebook.com/GordonCountyGov

https://twitter.com/GordonCountyGov

Grady

N/A

Greene

https://www.facebook.com/GreeneGA/

Gwinnett

https://www.facebook.com/gwinnettsheriff/

Habersham

https://www.facebook.com/habershamcountysheriffsoffice/

https://www.facebook.com/HabershamSRO/

Hall

https://twitter.com/hallcountygov

https://www.facebook.com/HallCountyGovernment

Hancock

https://www.facebook.com/hancockcountyga.gov/

Haralson

https://www.facebook.com/haralsoncountysheriff.org/

Harris

N/A

Hart

https://www.facebook.com/hartcountyfire/

Heard

N/A

Henry

https://www.facebook.com/HCPDGA/

https://www.facebook.com/Henry-County-Fire-Department-Official-Site-159903637411061/

Houston

https://www.facebook.com/Houston-County-Sheriffs-Office-374192762786034/

Irwin

N/A

Jackson

https://www.facebook.com/jacksoncountyga/

Jasper

https://www.facebook.com/jaspercountygeorgia/

Jeff Davis

https://www.facebook.com/Jeff-Davis-Parish-Sheriffs-Office-221202934601358/

Jefferson

https://www.facebook.com/Jefferson-County-Emergency-Management-Agency-287281044679504/

Jenkins

https://www.facebook.com/JenkinsCountySheriffsOffice/

Johnson

https://www.facebook.com/JohnsonCountyGA/

Jones

https://www.facebook.com/jcsheriff.org/

Lamar

https://www.facebook.com/lamarcountysheriff/

Lanier

https://www.facebook.com/Lanier-Emergency-Management-Agency-639380719464319/

Laurens

https://www.facebook.com/laurenscounty/

Lee

N/A

Liberty

https://www.facebook.com/libertycounty/

Lincoln

N/A

Long

https://www.facebook.com/Long-County-Sheriffs-Office-110226129033114/

Lowndes

https://www.facebook.com/Lowndes-County-GA-291135241072818/

Lumpkin

https://www.facebook.com/lumpkin.county.government/

Macon

https://www.facebook.com/MaconBibbEMA/

Madison

N/A

Marion

McDuffie

https://www.facebook.com/McDuffie-County-Emergency-Management-Agency-201393416940068/

McIntosh

Meriwether

https://www.facebook.com/informingcitizens/

Miller

https://www.facebook.com/Colquitt-Miller-County-Chamber-of-Commerce-133615416694300/

Mitchell

N/A

Monroe

https://www.facebook.com/monroecosheriffga/

Montgomery

https://www.facebook.com/emamontgomerycounty/

Morgan

https://www.facebook.com/morganemergencyservices/

Murray

https://www.facebook.com/MCSHERIFFSOFFICE/

Muscogee

https://www.facebook.com/MuscogeeSheriff/

Newton

https://www.facebook.com/NewtonCountyGA/

Oconee

https://www.facebook.com/oconeesheriff/?ref=br_rs

Oglethorpe

https://www.facebook.com/oglethorpesheriff/

Paulding

https://www.facebook.com/PauldingSheriff/

Peach

https://www.facebook.com/PeachCountyGovernment/

Pickens

https://www.facebook.com/pickenscountyga/

Pierce

https://www.facebook.com/piercega/

Pike

https://www.facebook.com/groups/47883643806/

Polk

https://www.facebook.com/PolkCoPD/

Pulaski

https://www.facebook.com/The-City-of-Hawkinsville-GA-112748208836920/

Putnam

https://www.facebook.com/putnamboc

Quitman

N/A

Rabun

https://www.facebook.com/Rabun-County-EMASearch-and-Rescue-752548908164118/

https://www.facebook.com/RabunCountySheriffsOffice/

Randolph

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Randolph-County-Georgia/135425076490973?fref=ts

Richmond

https://www.facebook.com/RichmondCountySheriffsOfficeGeorgia/

Rockdale

https://www.facebook.com/rockdalesheriff/

Schley

https://www.facebook.com/Schley-County-Emergency-Services-211520912199701/

Screven

https://www.facebook.com/scevencountyema/

Seminole

https://www.facebook.com/Seminole-County-Georgia-Sheriffs-Office-233615123438666/

Spalding

https://www.facebook.com/Spalding-County-Sheriffs-Office-667630969932028/

Stephens

https://www.facebook.com/Stephens-County-Sheriffs-Office-462905973769824/?ref=br_rs

Stewart

https://www.facebook.com/Stewart-County-GA-Emergency-Management-Agency-379512439073848/

Sumpter

N/A

Talbot

https://www.facebook.com/talbotemaandfire/

Taliaferro

https://www.facebook.com/City-of-Crawfordville-Taliaferro-County-252387744814134/

Tattnall

N/A

Taylor

N/A

Telfair

https://www.facebook.com/Telfair-County-Emergency-Management-Agency-677157729072708/

Terrell

N/A

Thomas

https://www.facebook.com/Thomas-County-Emergency-Management-Agency-247499001951413/

https://www.facebook.com/ThomasCountyGa/

Tift

https://www.facebook.com/tiftcoema/

Toombs

N/A

Towns

https://www.facebook.com/TownsCountySheriffGA

Treutlen

N/A

Troup

https://www.facebook.com/troupsheriff/

Turner

N/A

Twiggs

https://www.facebook.com/TwiggsCountyRescue/

Union

N/A

Upson

https://www.facebook.com/UpsonEmergencyManagementAgency/

Walker

https://www.facebook.com/WalkerCounty/

Walton

https://www.facebook.com/Walton-County-GA-Sheriffs-Office-1650011495220852/

Ware

https://www.facebook.com/warecountyema/

Warren

N/A

Washington

https://www.facebook.com/Washington-County-Georgia-EMA-871067809608380/

Wayne

https://www.facebook.com/Wayne-County-EMA-922714301125593/

Webster

N/A

Wheeler

N/A

White

N/A

Whitfield

https://www.facebook.com/whitfieldema/

Wilcox

https://www.facebook.com/Wilcox-County-Georgia-Sheriffs-Office-148158822340439/

Wilkes

https://www.facebook.com/Wilkes-County-GA-Emergency-Services-1414420292139457/

Wilkinson

N/A

Worth

https://www.facebook.com/WorthCountySO/

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You should try to evacuate to the home of a friend or family member outside of the Evacuation Area. A shelter should be your refuge of last resort if you have absolutely no where else to go.

As we can see from Houston, it’s not a good idea to rely heavily on what the government tells you concerning evacuation plans.  Furthermore, it is better to evacuate ahead of others so that it cuts down on chaos of trying to get out of “choke zones”.

If you are unsure if you are in an area that is at risk for flooding, type in your address on this FEMA webpage (search bar is on the top right of the page).

http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=cbe088e7c8704464aa0fc34eb99e7f30&extent=-83.42410623291009%2C30.456784055014317%2C-83.39595376708981%2C30.481196725413312

The following list is what the team could find regarding best methods of keeping updates in your county, as well as where shelters might be (not all shelters will be open).  If you are looking at the possibility of seeking refuge at a shelter, the lists put in here can help you get a number to talk with people on site and find out whether or not they are actually going to be open as a shelter.  It will also give you the ability to call ahead and ask if they take pets if that is a concern of yours.  If there is a county which did not have a list of shelters, we encourage you to get the Red Cross Hurricane App for Android or iOS respectively.

Alachua

http://www.alachuacounty.us/Depts/EM/Preparedness/pages/emergency-shelters.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/AlachuaCounty/

https://twitter.com/alachuacounty

Baker

https://www.facebook.com/BakerCoSO/

Bay

https://twitter.com/BayCountyEM

https://www.facebook.com/BayCountyFLEmergencyServices/

Bay County uses public schools for hurricane shelters. Depending on the nature of the event and school construction / renovation, different schools may be used each year. Stay tuned to local media or call 784-4000 to find out which schools may be utilized in any given event.

Bradford

https://www.facebook.com/BradfordSheriff?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/BradfordSheriff

Brevard

https://www.facebook.com/BrevardCountyGovt

https://twitter.com/BrevardCo_FL

Broward

http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/HurricaneEvacuationMap.aspx

https://twitter.com/browardcounty

https://www.facebook.com/browardsheriffsoffice/

Calhoun

N/A

Charlotte

https://www.charlottecountyfl.gov/services/emergencymgmt/Pages/Refuge-Site-Listing.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/oemcharlottecounty

https://twitter.com/CCOEM

Citrus

http://www.sheriffcitrus.org/storm-shelters-citrus-county.php

https://www.facebook.com/sheriffcitrus

https://twitter.com/sheriffcitrus

Clay

https://www.facebook.com/ClayCtyEm

https://twitter.com/ClayCounty_EM

Collier

http://www.colliergov.net/home/showdocument?id=64880

https://www.facebook.com/CollierEM/?ref=br_rs

https://twitter.com/CollierEM

Columbia

http://em.columbiacountyfla.com/available-shelters

https://www.facebook.com/Columbia-County-Florida-Emergency-Management-353463268093780/

Desoto

http://desotobocc.com/department/emergency_management/shelters

https://www.facebook.com/DesotoEM/

https://twitter.com/DeSotoCountyEM (These pages may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Dixie

Although they do not list shelters, Dixie County is known to take in evacuees from coastal regions during disasters.

https://www.facebook.com/Dixie-County-Emergency-Services-960873360636688/?hc_ref=ARSmq6gG9h21z9vbc_35rhPTMBgD59aRzKfr3D8YQr1Ego-wd4yapJU8DUSS06FKzpk

Duval

https://twitter.com/JaxReady

https://www.facebook.com/JaxReady

Shelters can be found on following app: http://www.coj.net/categories/mobile-apps/jaxready.aspx

Escambia

https://www.myescambia.com/docs/default-source/sharepoint-public-safety/2017-shelter-list.pdf?sfvrsn=b31e2342_8

https://twitter.com/bereadyescambia

https://www.facebook.com/bereadyec

Flagler

http://flagleremergency.com/pages.php?pid=6

https://www.facebook.com/flaglercounty.sheriffsoffice/

https://twitter.com/FlaglerCtyGov

Franklin

https://www.facebook.com/FranklinEOC/posts/1948661848482959

Gadsden

http://gadsdensheriff.org/pdf/emergency_mgt_docs/Comprehensive%20Emergency%20Management%20Plan.pdf (To find the locations, Ctl+F then type in “Magnet Elementary”, it will take you to the list)

https://www.facebook.com/GCSOFL/

https://twitter.com/gadsdensheriff (These pages may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Gilchrist

https://www.facebook.com/gilchrist.fl.us/?fref=ts

Glades

https://twitter.com/gladescountyem

http://www.myglades.com/departments/public_safety/emergency_management/preparedness/shelter_information.php

Gulf

https://www.facebook.com/GulfCountyEmergencyManagement/posts/1683998835006912

Hamilton

http://www.hamcoem.com/shelter%20locations.htm

https://www.facebook.com/Hamilton-County-Sheriffs-Office-Division-of-Emergency-Management-896743093756212/

Hardee

http://www.hardeecounty.net/Site/content/eoc/shelters.htm (has three different tabs, second tab takes you to shelters for general population)

https://www.facebook.com/Hardee-County-Emergency-Management-1432786133616389/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Hendry

http://www.hendryfla.net/Shelters_2015.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/hendrycounty

https://twitter.com/HendryCountyGov

Hernando

http://www.hernandocounty.us/em/shelter-information

https://www.facebook.com/HernandoSheriff/

https://twitter.com/HernandoSheriff

Highlands

https://www.facebook.com/Highlands-County-Board-of-County-Commissioners-145032155681639/

To get text updates on Hurricane Irma for Highlands County by text “HCIRMA” to 888777

Hillsborough

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/public-safety/emergency-management/stay-safe (Shelters are down the page, and will update as they open)

For Pet-Friendly Shelters:

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/en/residents/animals-and-pets/pet-ownership/pet-disaster-planning

https://www.facebook.com/HillsboroughSheriff/

https://twitter.com/HillsboroughFL

Holmes

https://www.facebook.com/Holmes-County-Emergency-Management-196453443731518/

Indian River

http://www.irces.com/EM/documents/Evacuation-Routes.pdf

https://twitter.com/IndianRiverEOC

https://www.facebook.com/IndianRiverEOC

Jackson

http://mhs.jcsb.org/?PageName=%27Directions%27

Jefferson

N/A

Lafayette

N/A

https://www.facebook.com/Lafayette-County-Sheriffs-Office-147585365268525/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Lake

(at the bottom of the page)

https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/hurricane_guide/lake_county_shelter_locations.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFLBCC?v=wall

https://twitter.com/lakegov

Lee

Read First: https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters

https://www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement/shelters/publicshelters

https://twitter.com/lcemfl

https://www.facebook.com/LCEMFL/

Leon

Leon County Citizens Connect App – Get up to the minute weather alerts and information about flooded roads and downed trees by downloading the app in the App Store and on Google Play.

http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/ei/

The following will only update when shelters open

http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/ei/shelters.asp

https://www.facebook.com/LeonCountyFL

https://twitter.com/leoncounty

Levy

http://levydisaster.com/Shelters.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/Levy-County-Sheriffs-Office-107651212629/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Liberty

https://www.facebook.com/Liberty-County-Emergency-Management-130073433677545/

https://www.facebook.com/Liberty-County-Emergency-Management-130073433677545/

Madison

http://www.madisoncountyfl.com/myJSSImages/file/shelters.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/Madison-County-Sheriffs-Office-304261746349648/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Manatee

http://www.mymanatee.org/home/government/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/shelter-list-table.html

https://www.facebook.com/manatee.county.fl

https://twitter.com/ManateeGov

Marion

Will Update when Shelters Open

http://www.marionso.com/emergency-shelters

https://www.facebook.com/mcsoflorida/

https://twitter.com/MCSOFlorida

Martin

https://www.martin.fl.us/hurricane (Includes information on Evacuation Routes)

Shelter Information N/A

https://twitter.com/MCSOFlorida

https://www.facebook.com/MartinCountySheriffsOffice/?ref=br_rs

(These pages may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Miami-Dade

https://cbsmiami.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/miami-dade-evacuation-centers.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/MiamiDadeCountyEM

https://twitter.com/miamidadeEM

Monroe

https://www.facebook.com/floridakeyssheriff/

https://twitter.com/mcsonews

http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/09/05/hurricane-evacuation-shelters-to-open-if-needed/

Nassau

https://www.facebook.com/NassauEM/

Okaloosa

http://okaloosafl.com/sites/default/files/Shelter%20List%20for%20website.pdf

Okeechobee

http://www.okeechobeeeoc.com/shelterlist.htm

https://www.facebook.com/Okeechobee-County-Fire-Rescue-151278541580843/?ref=br_rs

Orange

Downloadable App

http://www.orangecountyfl.net/Home/NewslettersAlerts/OCFLAlert.aspx#.Wa7-pMiGOUk

https://twitter.com/OrangeCoFL

http://www.orangecountyfl.net/Home/SocialMedia.aspx#.Wa8OvciGOUk

Osceola

http://www.osceola.org/agencies-departments/emergency-management/shelters/shelter-list.stml

https://www.facebook.com/OsceolaCountyFL

https://twitter.com/osceolacountyfl

Palm Beach

Downloadable App http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/default.aspx

https://twitter.com/PBCDEM

https://www.facebook.com/pbcgov

Pasco

http://www.pascocountyfl.net/index.aspx?nid=712

https://www.facebook.com/PascoCounty

https://twitter.com/@PascoCountyPIO

Pinellas

http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/shelters.htm

https://mobile.twitter.com/pinellasem

https://www.facebook.com/PinellasCountyNews/

Polk

https://www.polk-county.net/docs/default-source/emergency-management/hurricanesheltermap2017.pdf?sfvrsn=4

https://www.facebook.com/polkcountygovfl

https://twitter.com/PolkCountyFL

Putnam

https://www.facebook.com/PutnamCountyEM/?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/PutnamCountyEM

Santa Rosa

http://www.santarosa.fl.gov/emergency/publicShelter.cfm

Sarasota

https://ags2.scgov.net/KnowYourZone/

Seminole

Potential Shelters overlay is on the left-hand side of the map

http://seminolegis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=46138f3569494e4a982d24c724a85a64

https://www.facebook.com/SeminoleCounty

https://twitter.com/seminolecounty

St. Johns

http://www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/shetlocs.html

https://www.facebook.com/StJohnsEOC

https://twitter.com/StJohnsEOC

St. Lucie

https://www.facebook.com/StLucieGOV?_rdr

https://twitter.com/StLucieGOV

Sumter

http://sumtercountyfl.gov/776/Evacuation-Shelters

Suwannee

https://www.facebook.com/suwEOC/?ref=br_rs

Taylor

https://www.facebook.com/Taylor-County-Emergency-Management-1553432821546206/

Union

N/A

Volusia

https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/before-a-disaster/shelter-information.stml (general information on shelters)

http://volusiacountyfl.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=4ca520b8e1834d3ca5277644facc25f1 (map for shelter locations)

https://www.facebook.com/VolusiaCountyEmergencyManagement

Wakulla

N/A

https://www.facebook.com/wakullasheriffsoffice/ (This page may not have a designated social media manager and might not be updated with information as readily as it would need to be for an emergency)

Walton

https://www.facebook.com/WaltonCountyEM/

Shelter Information N/A

Washington

For Potential Shelters you’ll have to scroll down the page a bit

http://www.washingtonfl.com/?DivisionID=21213&DepartmentID=25361

Armonia: Events of Charlottesville

17 August 2017

America’s current political atmosphere serves as a reminder to us that walking the Jedi Path is not as easy as we would like to believe. Especially in a polarized atmosphere where we feel the need to pick a side. If we look to the Jedi Path, we have to take the most difficult side of all: The side of the people which either refuse to engage in violence, and/or those that only defend against an active assailant. This also means that we must take a stance against anyone which would promote speech that has inspired others to violence. People that meet this description are those that align with White Supremacy, the Klu Klux Klan, Nazism, and the modern organization ANTIFA ideologies (not to be confused with the commendable belief that fascism itself is evil).

Although it may seem like it is wrong to put these groups on the same moral playing field, it is important for us to return to the Jedi Philosophy taught by Armonia in order to see how we reach this conclusion.

Duty to All

Armonia’s Jedi Code states that “we face adversity with wisdom and knowledge”. If we look across the world, we see that these wars over ideology end in massive tolls to innocents. In the Middle East, Israel is targeted by a number of Islamic Terrorist organizations which incite the people to violence against a nation that could live in peaceful cohabitation. The cycle is continued when Israel retaliates. This cycle has continued for generations and continues to take the lives of innocent bystanders. On a smaller scale, this same trend is seen in famous family feuds which tend to end in a brutal way. The Strangio-Nirtas and Pelle-Vottari-Romeos feud, for example, resulted in the shooting of 6 men who were believed to have moved to Germany in an attempt to escape the clan’s fighting.

These incidents serve to remind us that people who want no part in the war can still get caught in the cross-fire. And in the case of the Strangio-Nirtas and Pelle-Vottari-Romeos feud, there may be no escape once the hatred has settled deeply in.

Respect the Law

We know and understand that neither the law nor humans are perfect. However, there is wisdom in having trained personnel deal with criminals instead of the average citizen. When an individual is faced with something they hate, they can no longer be seen as objective in their dealings with the person. It can be blinding, and therefore we call in trained personnel to help us deal with them.

This is where Armonia cannot stand behind the actions of anyone that strikes the first blow. The events in Charlottesville, VA revealed that those with ideologies aligning with White Supremacy, the KKK, Nazis and even ANTIFA lacked discipline when they faced what they hated before them. They decided , in those moments, that American law which gave them rights to peacefully assemble was not enough to win their cause and took it a step further: Assault.

Tolerance

Worst of all was the vehicular attack that left one dead and 19 more injured. The actions of James Alex Fields, Jr demonstrated extremist Right-Wing ideology in action. This is not the first time that ideologies have convinced people that could have once been considered good people to commit absolutely horrible actions against their fellow man. .

In 2015, under the influence of his White Supremacy research following the riots in Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD, Dylann Roof went to a Black Church in Charleston, SC and murdered 9 members of the congregation and injured one. Between the violence of extremists that hijacked the Black Lives Matter movement and the passive yet “compelling” arguments of those that oppose the Black Community as a whole, a terrorist was born. Thus, we cannot support the ideologies that are promoted by the hateful or the ideology of wanton violence, for they lead to disregard for the law.

If we pay attention to what the Force tells us, we find that we live in a connected world, and as such must respect how inter-connected everyone’s actions are to one another. Our role in life is to support the people that we believe should inherit this world- and that is not the people who spread hate or those that spread violence.

(Armonia is the new name of Force Academy’s Light Aspect)

The Value of Literary Arts

By Alethea Thompson

For my middle school years, I attended a school that can claim Oprah Winfrey as an alumni. Much like Armonia College is the evolution of the Light Aspect at Force Academy, East Literature Magnet School (ELMS) was the evolution of East Nashville Middle & High School. I got to stand on the same stage that I’m sure Oprah stood on once before to deliver a speech to her classmates, or watched as a speaker spoke about something they were very passionate about. In knowing that Oprah had been to this same school, I always felt that the focus of the ELMS (Literary Arts) was very appropriate. While I was there, and even after I left for a new High School, I learned a great deal about the value of literary arts from ELMS. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of literature as a means of moving society towards a greater purpose.

Literature takes on many forms, it can be fiction or reality. It can be on paper, or produced in a way that can reach an audience through voice and action. Performed in person on a stage, in film, or on an audio format. It can be in a media platform, or in a book. Whatever form it takes, literature has had a special place in the life of man.

Literature not only represents to us our world but it also shows us ways in which we can change the world or adapt to changes which have already taken place without our realization. Literature’s cognitive dimension helps us cope with the current as well as future challenges by changing the way we think about ourselves, our society and those who are excluded from or marginalized within our society” (Mack, 2012)

Journalists may be tasked with telling us about things going on around the world. We often think of journalism in terms of political issues at the local, state, federal and international levels. But Journalism is used as a method to call attention to a problem, and in turn hopefully someone that has the ability to do something about the problem will see the injustices and work in a solution- whether it is by film, radio or written documentation in publications. Sometimes the target audience is the public, while other times the audience is a government authority. In the 1960s, video footage with a narrator speaking out against the sights in the video was sent to the United Nations with the explicit purpose of calling attention to a horrific slave trade bust that had occurred. The footage showed as a British soldier demonstrated on camera the devices that some recently detained slavers had used on children to reduce their condition to a point that people passing them by would take compassion upon them (2015). The narrator used his words carefully to cause listeners to feel as though they were somehow responsible for the what was going on in this part of the world. Using statements like “the duty of the civilized world” (2015), or “the world that calls itself civilized and feels smugly at peace with it’s conscience”(2015) were ways to call the ethical human being to action.

Speeches painted with beautiful imagery, such as the famous “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr. were meant to inspire people to seek out a world that is devoid of social injustices. Prominent figures used written letters to express their deeply held values, and give credence to why the do things. One such letter that often gets missed in talking about American Policy is one written to the the Danbury Baptists by Thomas Jefferson. In the letter he explained that the reason he would not establish Christian specific holidays was because he felt that the best policy was “a Wall of Separation” (now referred to as “Separation of Church and State”). This letter, which acknowledged the individual value of religious practices by making the bold statement “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God…” (Jefferson, 1802), Jefferson befriended the Danbury Baptists and this later became the general policy when it was invoked in Reynolds v. United States in 1878 and McCollum v. Board of Education in 1947-1948 (Hutson, 1998).

In fiction, authors are allowed to explore the very depths of problems that exist in the world around us. In Middle School I read books such as “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” by Mildred Taylor and “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. Vastly different in their messages, both offered a vibrant method of exploring trust issues from very different prospectives. In “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry”, Taylor explores the mistrust that comes from abundant racism, whereas O’Dell explores the idea of mistrust as it comes from isolation. Where Taylor leaves the story open to show that racism continues in her story, O’Dell’s story is given a happy ending when the main character finds that there is value in accepting the society as where her future lies. These stories, when really read for the value they contain, can tell us a great deal about our place in the world. They teach us to value things that we might otherwise not feel compelled to. O’Dell teaches the value perseverance, friendship, and independence. Taylor’s story teaches the value of compassion, self-respect, and hope.

On the stage and in film, directors and writers show us stories that can exploit realities. Shakespeare used his creative mind to produce stories that many say painted the political issues of it’s time. But beyond his life time, his works have been credited as influencing people to both negative actions, such as inspiring the assassination of President Lincoln (Post Staff Report, 2011) and positive actions, such as inspiring African-American actor Paul Robeson who “prepared the way for the social-justice movement” (Post Staff Report, 2011). The entertaining story of Broadway Musical “Chicago” shows how we polarize to celebrities and miss their flaws, or get distracted from finding the truth in favor of the drama. Even our own community’s inspiration “Star Wars” worked to inspire a group of people which strives to improve the world around them.

The Literary Arts play a profound role in shaping society. About 2 years after I left ELMS, 9-11 happened. Although the school was not directly impacted by the events of 9/11, they saw an opportunity to produce a music video on VHS that would show their solidarity with other students in New York City. Defense of others comes in many forms, we can defend people against themselves by showing them better ways to live, or simply displaying to them that they are not alone. We can defend people by launching pre-emptive strikes against abstract concepts that seek to destroy and dismantle society. We can defend them by attacking the very ideals that harm them in the here and now. We do this by tapping into the the power of words, whether they are spoken or written. But as Jedi, we have to recognize what so many literary geniuses before us have understood: You cannot merely say what you think, you have to master the art of words and delivery to reach into the very soul of your audience.

CITATION

(2015). The Roots of African Slave Trade: who started it, and who stopped it (Documentary). Retrieved July 18, 2017, from https://youtu.be/iTDEgr0RLso?t=10m20s

Hutson, J. (1998). ‘A Wall of Separation’: FBI Help’s Restore Jefferson’s Obliterated Draft. Retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danbury.html

Jefferson, T. (1802). Jefferson’s Letter to the Danbury Baptists. Retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/9806/danpre.html

Mack, M. (2012). How literature changes the way we think. London: Continuum.

Post Staff Report. (2011). Great Shakes. Retreived from http://nypost.com/2011/05/08/great-shakes-2/

I Remain Humbled

By Listener Trevus Morris Nethemia

Today I was humbled by the kindness and compassion of another. In the past, I have also shown such to this individual. This person I speak of is my land lady.

This month I was behind on my rent and unable to pay my rent at all. She showed me what I have showed me compassion, even when she did not have to. Because of this act I am forever humbled by the love and care shown to me and my wife. And I am reminded of the humility that is demonstrated between two people. It further reinforced to us that this virtue is so fundamental to day to day lives.

“Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday” – Zen proverb

Everyday should become a lesson that is created by the product of our actions. These manifestations are actually a product of who we are. When we show another compassion, in their time of weakness, we should be the best kind of person we can be. These actions make an impact that touch’s another, and we then become the product of inspiration for the individual to continue on giving back to the world in act of kindness towards others.

Reflecting on what happened today, I realize just how important my kindness was to another, as I was the recipient of my own kindness paid forward. I appreciate the gift I was shown today, and will never forget this day. It will always be a reminder that something so simple can become something much greater.

More than a reminder of what kindness breeds, it was also an important lesson on the value of respect. Just to live in her home is a privileged. As I meditation on this, I urged to remember to be humble for what I have. It is invaluable to remember when we are a guest, we must be respectful. Whether is a temple , a dojo, another’s home or even another Facebook group we must be the example for others to follow.

The path we walk is not always the path of another, but we ourselves still walk a path. Buddha said it best:

“No one saves us but ourselves no one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

This means we must be the example of the path we walk. We embody our training and integrity by being this example of vigilance within our servitude. No one is going to show us what we have not given. Nor will they respect us if we are not an example of our claimed path in the first place.

Finally, I note: You are held at a higher accountability of Jedi because you walk the path. Namaste may the force by with you.

Religious Thoughts: Can You Trust God?

Forethought: This is mostly aimed a Christians, however I find that explorations like this one can be integral to the exploration of any spiritual endeavor- especially one that involves some sort of loyalty or relationship with spiritual beings.  I want people to challenge the very notion of why they serve whom (or what)-ever they do.  Not just their existence, but the core of what they stand for.

Anyways, here’s my thoughts for the day:

We often speak of God as someone we can place full trust in.  Have you ever considered what that means?

Look to the 10 Commandments and we assume that everything is clean cut.  But there is one particular commandment that may not be fully understood.

‘anah sheqer ‘ed rea’

Or “Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness against thy neighbor”

We simplify this to “Thou shalt not lie”, but that’s not really what it is saying.  It’s saying not to condemn someone for something they didn’t do.  The key is “‘ed”, which speaks for testimony, evidence, witness in the context of seeing something take place.

Understanding this is key to understanding the value of full trust in our Father.  Because, as much as we would like to believe God does not use lies himself, the truth is far from it.  God has, at least once, used deception to bring about His Will.

1 Kings 22:19-23

Then Micaiah said, “therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His Thrown, and all the hosts of heaven standing by, on His right hand and on His left.  And the Lord said “Who will persuade Ahab to go up, that he may fall at Remote Gilead?”  So one spoke in this manner, and another spoke in that manner.  “Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord and said “I will persuade him”.  The Lord said to him “In what way?” So he said “I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets” And the Lord said “You shall persuade him, and also prevail.  Go out and do so.”  Therefore look!  The Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these propehts of yours, and the Lord has declared disaster against you.”

As you read the rest of the story, you find that it is true- Ahab followed the advice of his prophets and was destroyed in the process.

We believe that healthy trust is built simply on honesty.  But that is not what a trust in God is about, it’s about trusting in His vision.  It’s about believing that once we surrender completely to God, whatever God puts us in position to do, it’s not meaningless- that He will make our role count.

Simply moving to make the bare minimum commitment to being a follower of Christ is simple when compared to the reality of becoming a Servant of God.  The level of trust, even when God uses deception such as the story in 1 Kings, is something a true Christian has to come to grips with.  And that is the most difficult task of all.

Beware the Pied Piper

by Justin Bane

You wake up and go get a cup of coffee or tea or whatever. You sit down with the paper, or your phone or tablet, in front of your computer, where ever it is that you get your information from. You are calm, sipping on your drink, and then it hits like a 10 megaton bomb………

“SOMEONE DISAGREED WITH ME ON THE INTERNET!!!!!” Oh, that’s not how it goes? Forgive me. Ok, let me try it this way….

“SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING THAT I DISAGREE WITH!!!!!” still not right? Darn it, let me try one more time……

“THE WHOLE WORLD IS GOING TO END BECAUSE SOMEONE TOLD ME IT WAS!!!!!!”

Beware of the Pied Piper my friends. It’s song is enchanting and inviting. It fills the air with it’s intoxicating allure. It goes past the logical, thinking parts and goes right to the heart. You try and resist at first, but it is no use. It has taken control of your heart, and then your mind. It makes you break oaths and promises. It makes you go against your better nature. It causes you to forsake beloved friends and family. It turns the things you Love into the things that you now Hate.

Social Media is a remarkable thing! Growing up in a time where cellphones did not even exist (I did not see my first one until I was about 19 years old), I never imagined that we would be able to share so much, so fast. People come together over anything and everything in a blink of an eye. People are empowered by so much information. Fast information with loose parameters. Fast and Loose information…. “Wait, don’t you share information on your pages and videos? Aren’t you talking about yourself?” I do create, teach and share information. I am honest about it. I have said more times than I ever care to count that you should not take ANYTHING I say as the gospel. You should always look deeper than is what on the surface, no matter WHO is providing the information to you. My job is, as it always has been, to create conversations and to provoke thought. I am not the end all, be all to everything.

Ashla Axiom #90 “Before you can break free of negative or improper influences, you must first recognize them.”

The greatest lie ever told, is the one we tell ourselves. You will do more harm to yourself than anyone else in the world ever could. Pay attention to what you tell yourself.

The music is playing and you begin to march forward. You do not know where you are going, but in this bliss, you do not care. All that matters in how you feel. All that matters is to be a part of something greater than yourself. You are not concerned with logic and thinking. You are not concerned on how others feel or think. All you know is that you are not going to let anyone stop you from enjoying the beautiful music that fills your senses, taking you to a far away land where only you and your feelings matter.

When I open my social media accounts these days, I see a lot of people, very smart and articulate people, spreading hate and discourse. Spreading lies, slander, and misinformation. People who swore oaths and made promises to uphold codes and mantras, are now encouraging violence in the name of some misguided sense of empowerment and new found purpose. All while still preaching those very codes and mantras, oaths and promises, from the side of their mouths.

No, this is not intended to be political. No, it is not intended for any particular generation of human beings. As we are made, we are bound to this creation. All of us. We all think and feel. We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have prejudices, in that, we all have things that we prefer and things we do not. There is something else we all have in common, we had no control over the conditions to which we were born of and into.

The Pied Piper continues to play it’s song, guiding you to an unknown destination. But you don’t care. Your feelings are more important that anyone and anything. Your new found sense of power and purpose, leading you to a better place, a better existence. Your rights and freedoms are all that matter now and you will see them had, even at the expense of another persons right to live in peace.

People seem to be giving away their power. Jumping at shadows and “boogeymen” that never even existed until someone else told you they did. You have the power to allow or reject influences from others. Only you have the power to influence your feelings and emotions. Only you can give that power away to someone else. Don’t trust others to control how you feel, trust yourself with this. If you allow others to dictate your feelings and emotions, you only have yourself to blame.

Who is this Piper? Who follows the Piper? I have a few ideas…..

They are the hypocrites who preach the loudest about love, compassion, mercy, acceptance, and peace. Yet who condones hate and destruction on innocent people by their words or actions. These very same hypocrites who they themselves are not accepting of others, unless they too follow the Piper.

They are the hypocrites who say “you are what you think you are”. Yet publicly deny others because of disagreements based on opinion and affiliation. A lack of emotional integrity and maturity can be found in these people.

They are the hypocrites who preach and teach a code of ethics, yet bully and disparage others because they can’t hear the Piper and follow it’s lead on the road to oblivion.

They are the hypocrites who by their very words and actions, defy the very thing they are “fighting” for.

I guess I can’t blame them, but I will not join them either. As I have said, the song that the Piper plays is intoxicating for those who choose to allow their emotions to guide their actions. I have chosen to not give away my power. I have chosen to employ my mind and to use reason and logic to guide my words, actions, and judgments. By the way, those who follow the Piper, should take care in knowing how that story ended.

I Love you all very much, and until next time…

Awaken the Knight within!

I am Blessed…..Truly Blessed!

By Justin Bane

Hello Knights, I hope this finds you well. It had always been a tradition here at the KOA to sit down and talk about what we are thankful for. Well this year, I am going to do something a little different. Given that I will be on duty for 12 hours a day over the next 4 days, I really didn’t have a whole lot of time to put together a video or live show for this. But I wanted to do something.

This year has been a very tough and trying one for me. I know it has been for many of you as well. And given that many things that have happened to me and tested me, I have already many times over throughout the course of this year, expressed my gratitude. I have said it in years past, Thanksgiving shouldn’t be the only time of the year that we think about gratitude and give thanks for those things, people, and places that have helped shape who we are…….the good and the bad.

Here are a few that you can go and check out if you missed them.

The Road to Recovery and New Beginnings. Part 2: Gratitude- Fixtures in the background.

The Road To Recovery and New Beginnings: Part 7 Finale [Blog Talk Radio]

Knights Of Awakening: Androcles and the Grateful Lion

I am grateful for the moments in my life that give validation but also the moments that give me grief and make me uncomfortable and push me to my limits. I am grateful for the people in my life who offers compassion, comfort, love, understanding, and the opportunity to show them my gratitude and love in return. I am grateful for the people who push me to my breaking point and force me to go beyond that. I am grateful that I am able to live my life in a way that no matter what happens to me, it is still always on my terms. -Justin Bane

I am truly blessed! This has been the shittiest year on record for me, yet, I will say again that I am truly blessed! I will end this with a short list of things I am grateful for and why I feel that I am blessed.

I am grateful for the horrible injury I suffered in February, because this has shown me and reminded me how strong and resilient I am. It has also reminded me of the Love that others have for me.

I am blessed to have spent my entire life with my Nana. One half of a remarkable couple of people who guided me and helped shape who I am. I am happy that I spent my life with this woman and I am happy she is free from pain.

I am grateful to be still working in a job that was in danger of being lost to me due to my injury. I am grateful for those who stood by me and encouraged me to keep fighting and to keep getting stronger. They never gave up on me, even when it seemed like I was not going to be able to do it ever again.

I am grateful for the birth of my Grandson. He is a spitting image of me, his Papa! I Love him so much and are grateful that I get to experience this world with him.

I am grateful for my partners at the KOA, without their Love and support I don’t know if I would have been able to get this far. I am grateful for YOU, those of you who have stood by me here at the KOA and listened to my ramblings and have read my posts. I Love you all very much.

I am grateful for my friends and family. I Love you all.

I am grateful to those whose names I will never know. To those who serve and sacrifice for us to enjoy the freedoms that sadly too many take for granted.

I Love you all very much. Be safe and be good to each other. Until next time

……..Awaken the Knight Within!