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Prepare Every Needful Thing

Prepare Every Needful Thing

Everyday Emergencies

By Doug Giddings


It’s no secret that Latter-day Saint families have been counseled to prepare for future disasters. Prophets have warned us for years, and with the increase in natural calamities and economic crises throughout the world, it’s no surprise.


“What can I do to prepare?” you may be wondering. “Where do I start?” If you try to create an entire emergency contingency plan in one sitting, or if you try to purchase a year’s worth of food in one trip, you may find yourself overwhelmed and broke. Instead, remember this—true emergency preparedness is built one day at a time. So relax, take a deep breath, and prepare for the little things you can do each day to ensure you are ready for the oncoming storms.


72-Hour Kits

These kits are designed to get you through short-term emergencies. Usually equipped with food, clothing, and other necessities, they are typically priced in the moderate to expensive range. Purchase one kit per family member and keep them in an accessible place.


Can’t afford one? Don’t let prices stand in your way. Create your own 72-hour kit using backpacks or luggage. Remember to include water, toiletries, clothing, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, and anything else you could possibly need.


Don’t feel you need to purchase everything at once. Start by gathering the absolute necessities, and then create a running list. Purchase something from your list every time you go to the store, and add it to your kit. You’ll have a full 72-hour kit in no time!


Emergency Response Plan

This may not take long to create, but will be vital if family members are separated when disaster strikes. Create a plan including what to do and where to meet in case of an emergency. Determine a primary rendezvous point near your home in case of fire, and a secondary rendezvous point further away.


Food Storage

There are lots of reasons for not having adequate food storage, but they won’t get you anywhere. If you plan right, you can have food storage in any home, and on any budget.


Start with food you like. Make sure it’s canned or dehydrated, and then buy a few extra things every time you go to the store. There’s no need to break the bank over your food storage. Keep it up, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly your surplus of food will add up.


Where do you keep it all? Some people have elaborate food storage facilities; they can be pricey, but don’t take up as much room as you may think. If shelves or storage racks aren’t an option for you, try splitting your food into small groups and keeping it under your bed, in the back corner of your closet, or in other parts of your house.


Of course, this is just the beginning—you can find more detailed information at But in the meantime, take emergency preparedness one step at a time, and remember: everyday emergencies are overcome one day at a time.

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