Heat Wave – Are Your Older Members and Widows Okay?

A Message from Masonic Outreach Services          Re: Heat Wave


This weekend and early next week, the entire state of Washington will experience dangerously high temperatures.  We are sending this email to Worshipful Masters and Secretaries to encourage you consider putting together a team from your Lodge to call and check in on your members – especially your older Brethren and Masonic widows to make sure they are OK perhaps them with some tips for staying cool.

In your conversation with them, here are some suggested tips from the CDC for staying cool and hydrated.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as you can.
  • Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one way to protect yourself against heat-related illness and death. If your home is not air-conditioned, reduce your risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned and using air conditioning in vehicles (always outdoors, never in a garage or enclosed area).
  • Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling device during an extreme heat event.
  • Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Consider using your Microwave instead of the stove or oven to cook to keep your home cooler.

For more heat related information by the CDC click here.

If your Lodge isn’t already involved with our Operation Masonic Relief effort, this is a great opportunity to get involved. Operation Masonic Relief is a Lodge coaching program we offer to help Lodges improve their outreach to and connection with older Brethren and Masonic widows who may not be able to attend Lodge or could benefit from conversation and assistance from members of the Lodge from time to time.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Byron Cregeur, our Masonic Outreach Services Director at 253-267-8625, byron@masonscare.org.  He is available to work with your lodge to set up a sustainable outreach program for your Lodge.

Fraternally Yours,
Ken Gibson
Executive Director
“Masons Care!”

To learn how you may support our efforts click here

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