Simple & Easy – Emergency Preparedness
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If there ever were such a thing as a “trendy” topic in the LDS Church, it would be emergency preparedness. Of course, emergency preparedness has been talked about since the beginning of time, such as Joseph in Pharaoh’s Court storing up food during the seven years of plenty in Egypt for the upcoming seven years of famine. However, in recent years, there has been an intensification of the message.

Church members have long been instructed to have food storage built up, prepare a 72-hour kit for unanticipated disasters, grow their own food, live within their financial means, have money put away “for a rainy day,” etc. Especially since 2001, however, non-members and government agencies have increasingly felt the need to become involved in emergency preparedness.

In addition to the Church’s http://providentliving.org, the Department of Homeland Security has set up http://www.ready.gov to help people prepare for, as former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge said at a 2007 emergency preparedness fair, “any kind of unanticipated event that might disrupt the community.” The Department of homeland Security has declared September as National Preparedness Month. During that month, preparedness instruction and resources is an emphasis with preparedness fairs and such.

This being said, September may be a good time to hold a Family Home Evening on the topic of Emergency Preparedness. During this time, 72-hour kits can be updated (as children grow, clothes, types of food, and/or activities in their kits may need to be changed; food and medication may need to be rotated and/or disposed of as it nears expiration), food storage can be changed according to family needs, home exit strategies can be devised and practiced, financial needs can be reviewed, etc. Different plans may need to be made for different contingencies, as one never knows when or where disaster will strike. A few, among the many, highly relevant questions to ask yourself when planning a Family Preparedness Evening are:

1. Common Meeting Place – Is there a place for family members to meet if the disaster strikes during the week at daytime?

2. Have a Plan – Does every member of the family know the plan, in case the adults are hurt?

3. First Aid Knowledge – Do family members each have a basic knowledge of basic first aid techniques?

Also a great idea during the month of September is to help your neighbors if they are not prepared. What a timely, neighborly way to do missionary work! The Church’s emergency preparedness website, http://provident living.org, provides many tools that you can use to guide you in helping yourself and your neighbors prepare for calamities.

Preparing for emergencies is perhaps one of the worldliest messages received from Church leaders presently. Almost weekly on the news we are hearing of natural or man-made disasters that are worse for the victims than they have to be. As the Second Coming draws nearer, there are going to be greater calamities that we need to be prepared for. Reliance on others has never been the Lord’s way. We must take every precaution we can to be self-reliant. “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”