Thankful that yesterday we saw the sun and that it is out for now but Northeast OK has had the WETTEST April on record after starting out with a drought! Now many areas–including mine–are again under a FLOOD WATCH! Some rivers just crested in the last day or so…Yikes!!! Should have got that kayak at Walmart yesterday! Beginning to think it is April shower kill may flowers and May showers…well don’t know that yet! Stay safe and dry. How is the weather where you live? Please comment below. ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Wow! Anyone got an extra boat?! Seriously, though, IF you live in OK or AR please be weather aware!! Severe storms beginning tonight. Most areas in OK & AR have a MODERATE RISK for: large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornado.
In addition, due to the extreme rain amounts predicted for the entire weekend (see below) Flood watches, Flash Flood Watches and Flood Warnings have been issued with anywhere from 2-10 inches of rain possible!!! Please take this seriously and save lives–TURN AROUND DON’T DROWN! For more info please click on the link below. ~Mikaela
Please join us in praying for all in the path of Category 4 Hurricane Matthew–Jamaica, Haiti & Cuba! According to John Kassell: “Based on recent recon data, Hurricane Matthew may acquire Category 5 strength with 11pm advisory.” ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
We have now spoken at length with an Emergency Management Director in West Virginia and learned that there are four counties that were hit harder than Roane: Kanawha, Green Briar, Nicholas and Clay. We will be contacting the Emergency Management Directors in these counties to see how we can help.
In addition, we hope to soon learn how many children we can help in the Oklahoma counties that were hit hard last month as well. We spoke again to our contact today and hope to know the answer–at least for Oklahoma needs–in the next few days.
Thinking we may know now why we received so many boxes between May 9th and July 2nd from our partner, Garan, Inc and the generous donation we received that we will use to purchase toys! God always knows ahead of time what we will need and was making sure it was sent! We will let you know what we find out after we contact the emergency management in the four hardest hit counties.
As always when a natural disaster happens–especially of this magnitude–we appreciate any and all donations as they will help us with shipping costs. Here is the link if you’d like to help. Donate ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
While we are waiting to hear back on what if any help we can provide for children whose homes have flooded in Oklahoma, another state may now need our help.
If you have been watching the news the last few days, you have seen the heartbreaking pictures coming out of West Virginia like this one. We will be checking with the Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director, the hardest hit area there, to offer our assistance for children whose homes have been flooded. Please keep these families in your prayers! For more details please click on the link below.~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
We are checking with the Emergency Management Directors of two counties in OK where flooding took place on Sunday, and evacuations and water rescues took place, to see if our help is needed for kids. We will keep you posted so stay tuned. ~Mikaela Hulstine & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
Sure hope and pray that everyone in the plains has their “Hidey Hole” cleaned out and their severe weather plan in place this week!
April and May 2016 have proven that folks in the plains and elsewhere need to be prepared for not only tornadoes but straight winds, hails and floods! This week looks to be shaping up to be another week where we may have to deal with any or all of the elements of severe weather: hail, high winds, flooding and yes the dreaded “T” word–possible tornadoes!
Our concern is especially for the kids as they depend on their parents and caretakers to keep them safe! This week there are chances for severe weather almost every day and not just in OK! One of my favorite colors is red, but not when it’s on a severe weather map!! We have already begun praying! #Mayweather #okwx #severeweather ~Mikaela and the Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
God is so good, look at all the clothes and shoes we were able to bless the 13 kids with today!!! Pics of Coko the (worn out but very loved on) Disaster Relief Dog will be posted shortly. The kids loved their new clothes and shoes and enjoyed spending time with Coko. One of the kids begged us (and her Mom) to let her take Coko home with her because “she was so cute and she needed a dog for inside–so adorable!” We are so thankful to God and all of our donors for helping us to make this happen. ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team
It’s time for an update. After speaking with the Grady County, OK Emergency Management Director, the county where Ninnekah is located, we now have three families (12 children) that we will be helping whose homes were hit by the 4.29.16 Ninnekah, OK tornado. Ninnekah is SE of Oklahoma City (see map) and just 8 miles South of Chickasha where we used to have an office. For our Facebook updates on our disaster relief please go to www.facebook.com/h4cmdisasterrelief
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Stay tuned as we will continue to update you if more families are added. ~Mikaela & The Heart 4 Children Ministries Team