The conference was held in the midst of a beech forest near the springs of the Tiber River—the river that permitted the development of Rome. The main speaker was the 1st Vice President of the GC, Brother Peter Lausevic. Brother Lausevic was in Italy teaching Evangelism at the Italian Field’s Scuola Biblica Missionaria Il Faro (The Lighthouse Bible Missionary School) and thus was able to be present for the conference.
History of Roanoke
According to information given by the Virginian government, “The first pioneers explored the Roanoke Valley region as early as the 17th century. An exploration party's report in 1671 told of the ‘blue mountains and a snug flat valley beside the upper Roanoke River.’ For the next seventy years, after this initial exploration, the region remained undisturbed by settlers.
With adequate warning the people were able to board up buildings able to withstand a cyclone. However many homes not built to withstand cyclones could not afford to do any boarding up. I was told when traveling around the main island of Efate that the Official Meteorology Department Airspeed Indicator broke down at 350+ km an hour (220 mph). When a Category Five Cyclone hits a country the wind velocity is a critical factor in the safety of the inhabitants.