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Emergency Awareness Plan Part 5

LDS - Emergency Awareness Plan

My brother and I wish to urge you again the importance of self-reliance on the part of every individual member of the church and family. None of us knows when a catastrophic might strike. Sickness, injury, unemployment may affect any of us. We have a great welfare program with facilities for such things as grain storage in various areas. It is important that we do this – but the best place to have some food set aside is within our homes, together with a little money and savings.

The best welfare program is our own welfare program! Five or six cans of wheat in the home are better than a bushel in the welfare granary. I do not pre-take to any impending disaster. I hope that there will not be one, but prudence should govern our lives – everyone who owns a home, recognizes a need for fire insurance. We hope and pray that there will never be a fire. Nevertheless, we pay for insurance to cover such a catastrophic, should it occur.

We ought to do the same with reference to family welfare. We can begin ever so modestly. We can begin with a one week’s food supply and gradually build it to a month. And then to 3 months. I’m speaking now food to cover basic needs. As all of you recognize, this council is not new. But I fear that so many fear that the long-term food supply is so far beyond their reach that they don’t make no effort at all.

Begin in a small way, my brethren, and gradually build toward a reasonable objective. Save a little money regularly and you will be surprised how it accumulates. Get out of debt and rid yourself of the terrible bondage that debt brings. We hear much about second mortgages – now I am told there are third mortgages! Discipline yourselves in matters of spending, in matters of borrowing, in practices that lead to bankruptcy and the agony that comes.

In December 2004, a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia, creating a deadly tsunami that killed more than 200,000 people. It was a terrible tragedy and one day, millions of lives were forever changed. But there’s one group of people who, although their village was destroyed, did not suffer a single casualty. The reason? They knew a tsunami was coming.

These people live in the villages on the islands off the coasts of Thailand and Burma. A society of fishermen, their lives depend on the sea. For hundreds of years, their ancestors have studies the ocean and they have passed their knowledge down from father to son. One thing in particular they were careful to teach was what to do when the ocean receded. According to their traditions, when that happened, a giant wave would arrive soon after. When the elders of the village saw the dreaded signs of the tsunami, they shouted to everyone to run to high ground.

The villagers were fortunate because they listened. Had they not listened, they may have perished. In Southern California we face the possibility of several types of disasters. As a state presidency it is our desire that as individuals, families and members of a community, we will prepare ourselves to survive any type of disaster that will come. We believe that by following the basic principles of preparedness, we will be ready. The day will come when our families, friends and neighbours will look to us for help and direction in a time of need. We must be ready to assist them.

Please start today, for we may not have a warning when disaster will strike. Even basic preparations can alleviate suffering and save lives. May the Lord bless you and your families in this effort, as we work together and become more prepared in times of need.

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