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Let your Desire Fill you with the Spirit of Prudence – And Prepare Ye, Every Needful Thing

Let your Desire Fill you with the Spirit of Prudence – And Prepare Ye, Every Needful Thing

There has been a lot of talk about emergency preparedness recently—especially given the current economic climate. About now you are thinking to yourself “here we go again, more food storage talk.” I know. I always thought the same thing. And then I would tune the rest out.

I was a college student with limited space, living on fifty cent cans of soup from Wal-Mart. I didn’t have the room, funds, or inclination to get together two years worth of food I most likely wouldn’t find appetizing, or proper camping equipment to survive a blizzard.

Then I was married, facing graduation and pregnant with my first child. Did my attitude change? Nope, we were still as poor as church mice with only four hundred square feet of living space. Fortunately, I also knew some wonderful people with good attitudes toward emergency preparedness. They taught me it doesn’t have to be a ten-by-twenty foot room with buckets of wheat andcans of powdered milk and dehydrated apples stacked from floor to ceiling. Emergency preparedness is a lot simpler than that.

It starts with a desire. No matter how many times someone tells you how great something is, you won’t act on it until you believe it for yourself. Are you convinced? Good. Now that you have decided you want to be prepared, where do you start? For me, I start by imagining a crisis. I get overwhelmed when I start to think about World War III, apocalyptic crises, so I avoid those. It’s usually something like a flat tire. What would I do if I had a flat tire and couldn’t call someone to bail me out? I would want to know where the spare tire, car jack and lug wrench are. Is the spare is properly inflated? Should I set the parking break? Where do I set the jack? I probably would like a flashlight and a rain poncho, too, just in case. That is a great start for a car emergency preparedness kit. After that, how hard is it to throw in a set of snow chains, jumper cables, and an old blanket?

Food storage is very similar. It starts with a can. When you are out doing your grocery shopping, just pick up an extra can or two of foods you are buying anyway. And don’t lock it up in your “food storage closet,” never to be seen again. Actually eat what you store. No need to worry about it spoiling in a dark recess when it’s sitting on your dinner table.

Emergency preparedness can also be fun. In addition to an extra bag of frozen vegetables—and a good set of tools—it also means gaining skills. Take a class, learn something new. Emergency preparedness doesn’t have to be expensive or overwhelming. Like the gospel, you don’t do it all at once. You pick up here a little, and there a little. Just do little things one week, month, and year at a time. Over time, you will be amazed by how much you have.

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