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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness


For decades now, church leaders have been encouraging us to prepare ourselves (as best we can) against the potential challenges we might meet while traveling along life’s path. Life is full of change and surprise. We never know if or when we might encounter major natural disasters like hurricane Katrina or the fires in California and Australia, or more personal catastrophes like unemployment or extended medical hardships. One thing we do know is that when these devastations do arise, every extra bit of preparation we have on our side helps ease the stress and trauma of whatever it is that we are asked to face.


The prophet and his counselors have recommended several ways to prepare ourselves; everything from increasing our savings, to learning a skill, building up food storage, to 72 hour kits. Preparation can take on many forms. Additionally, there will be different degrees of preparedness that are realistic for the varying phases of life. An undergraduate living in a dorm room out-of-state will have less space for food storage than someone living in their own home. A person paying off student loans or who is currently in between jobs will have less means to build their savings than a 20-year professional.


But the beauty of emergency preparedness is that is does not have to be ideal or even complete to be beneficial. This is truly a case where small means bring about greatness, and every little bit helps. A few extra cans of soup added to the pantry once a month or an extra $10 put in savings every paycheck will ultimately add up to an invaluable buffer.


In fact, one of the primary obstacles people face with emergency preparedness is feeling overwhelmed. There is so much to be done that it can be difficult to know where to begin, and what will be the best use of your precious resources. Well, start by taking the pressure off. You don’t have to do it all today. Just pick one thing that you can do this week and then do it. Maybe you’ll buy a gallon of water when you’re at the grocery store. Perhaps you’ll make dinner at home instead of eating out and save the difference. Make your emergency preparedness less insurmountable by taking it in smaller bites. Pick the things that seem most important to you. Start with a 72 hour kit if that idea draws you. Maybe you feel that having a financial cushion is most important. Each of us has at least some small thing that we can do.


The thing about emergencies is we never know when they’re going to happen. We don’t even know if our preparation will be for our benefit, or to help someone else in need. But God and our church leaders have made it clear: being prepared can provide us with extra security and peace of mind. Besides, no one ever lost anything by being prepared.

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