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Emergency Preparedness

Enough on our plates


If you’re a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, taking time to prepare for something that may never happen can be a challenge. After all, we’re a time-starved people.


Consider all that we’re supposed to be doing. In addition to employment challenges in a tough economy, we’re asked to serve in the Church, spend quality time with family, budget, pay tithing, read the scriptures, go to the temple, do family history work, be involved in the community and the list goes on . . .


Then there’s the dreaded emergency preparedness plan. Who has time to implement such a plan and the budget for its associated costs? Something has to give, right? Where’s our motivation?


Here’s some…


“To maintain some semblance of stability in our lives, it is essential that we plan for our future. I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness. We want to be found with oil in our lamps sufficient to endure to the end.”
-L. Tom Perry


It’s all a matter of faith.

It’s also a matter of peace and reassurance. The Lord has promised that if we are prepared, we shall not fear. During most emergencies, help can arrive within 72 hours. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that your family would have no problem staying cozy together for a time? Who knows, such an experience may become an endearing one and definitely more positive than the alternative.

But if that’s not enough to motivate you, I found this quote on the LDS Emergency Family Preparedness Web page that definitely hits home to me . . .

“It is a priesthood responsibility for men to be prepared and get their families prepared for the worst of disasters. Women have a sacred responsibility to make sure that they and their children are properly prepared and educated in the case of an emergency.”

Men, do you want to be scampering around trying to get help or do you want to be the one who can help? Women, do you want your children to feel safe during such an event?


When you think about it, it’s about leadership as well. Perhaps it’s time to slip it into that priority list, along with all the other things that matter most. Maybe with such faith, faithfulness and obedience, more of our “to do” lists will become easier to accomplish.


For more information from Church leaders about how simple starting a Family Home Storage plan may be, go to,11677,1706-1,00.html


If you want more specifics about an overall emergency preparedness plan, a great place to start is at


But just remember, you don’t have to do everything the latter site suggests. Surely, the more you can do, the more you can help others. But when it comes to your own family, my suggestion is to just do the simple things first such as getting enough food storage (three months to start), plenty of water, a financial reserve and an action plan for your family. By following the council of our Church leaders, you will be more equipped to keep your family out of harm’s way and be able to stand in awe and not in fear as the events preceding the Savior’s return unfold. Now, if that’s not enough motivation, I don’t know what is.



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