Different Meanings, Different People – Are you Really Prepared?
A major earthquake has occurred in your area. Are you prepared for this catastrophic event? And I don’t mean if something were to happen tomorrow, I mean right now at this very moment. Being prepared for an emergency can mean different things to different people.
If you asked a co worker if they have an emergency plan in place they would say something like, “I’m equipped with the basics; water, some canned food, an opener, blankets, a flashlight and some batteries. Sure, I think so.” The truth is that most people aren’t prepared; they just don’t want to think about something so dreadful. They know they should be ready for a disaster, but have a tendency to procrastinate. When such a day comes most of our neighbors will be left out in the cold just trying to keep their families alive.
The Latter Day Saint’s church recognizes a need for more during such a time and offers emergency kits filled with tools not only designed to help your family, but society as a whole. Inside these kits you will find scripture for strength and a comprehensive plan for re organization bringing structure in a time void of any. The church also offers informational tips, welfare services and other beneficial assistance programs because it realizes that just surviving won’t be enough. I believe the church wants us to mentally prepare ourselves for disaster.
In the book of Mormon preparedness is addressed in several scriptures:
“Therefore, go ye unto your homes, and ponder upon things which I have said, and ask of the father, in my name, that ye may understand, and prepare your minds for the morrow, and I come unto you again.”
Assembling a community will take more than an occasional favor and even though people are generally helpful by nature most don’t picture their time totally consumed serving others in such a stressful situation. We need to take care of our families, but in reality we are all family. Are you prepared to confront unforeseen obstacles like someone wanting special treatment? Everyone must be cared for and given the same attention because God loves us all; we are equal in all things:
“That you may be equal in the bonds of heavenly things, yea, and earthly things also, for the obtaining of heavenly things. For if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things; For if you will that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you.”
D&C 78:5, 6&7
Let’s broaden the term Emergency Preparedness to include our minds and hearts in addition to organization and survival plans. Well- rounded discussions with family, friends and members of the community are essential. Although we don’t want to dwell on this subject, we need to have a clear understanding of what this fate would be like for us all.
To sum it all up in a sentence I would say the following, “Preparing for our immediate needs in the aftermath is one thing, but being able to literally take on what may occur in our corner of the world, is something else.”