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Emergency Preparedness: More Than Just Wheat

Emergency Preparedness: More Than Just Wheat

Emergency Preparedness: More Than Just Wheat!

By: Kimberlee Garrett


In these uncertain times when turning on the news is sure to bring poor tidings, it is easy to succumb to the fear being preached by the media. Luckily, the Lord has given us the key to overcoming this paralyzing fear—preparedness. (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30)


Being prepared means more than having 600 pounds of wheat per person in the basement. Being prepared in the Lord’s way means living our lives in such a manner that we can be confident of His help in any situation. It means that we have done everything possible on our end to obey what commandments we’ve been given, thus earning the assurance that God will bless us in every circumstance.


There are many levels of preparation. We most commonly hear about food storage, emergency kits, and first aid. For many years, we have been commanded to store food, water and supplies for our families. We have been counseled to save money and avoid debt. These things are not easy, but are fairly straight-forward, once we are committed to a plan of action.


However, food and supplies are nearly useless in an emergency unless we have knowledge of how to use them. It is not enough to buy supplies and assume that when the time comes, we will figure out how to use them. The blessing of not fearing in an emergency comes from confidence that we have the knowledge we need to take correct action.


There are many resources available to help us to become mentally prepared for whatever may come in our lives. First Aid classes are available from community programs such as the Red Cross ( Many food storage companies provide recipes and ideas for using stored food on their websites. The church website contains useful information on disaster planning, emergency response, and family preparedness. Gaining the right knowledge requires only our time—and an internet connection.


We must also be emotionally and spiritually strong enough to act in an emergency. If we panic when things go wrong, all of the supplies and training in the world won’t save us or our families. This kind of preparedness is much more difficult to obtain, although it is the most useful to us in the end. Being emotionally strong and spiritually in-tune allows us to be calm and creative in the worst of circumstances.


There are some basic starting points to develop spiritual preparedness—meaningful scripture study, sincere prayer, paying our tithing, and repentance. While these may seem like “Sunday School answers,” they are the keys to spiritual preparation. Emotional preparedness comes from choosing to accept the small trials we face daily with a calm sense of optimism and faith. As we “raise the bar” in our own performance of these daily acts, we increase the spiritual power and emotional reserves available to us when trials come.


In perilous times, we will all be faced at some point with challenges that will tax us to our limits. Those who thrive will be the ones who took the time to be temporally, mentally, emotionally and spiritually as ready as they could be. The Lord has commanded us to prepare with the following admonition, “Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called today.” (Doctrine and Covenants 64:25) There will be no better time to start!

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