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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a long tradition of being prepared in emergencies, and it is a principle that is widely taught

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a long tradition of being prepared in emergencies, and it is a principle that is widely taught. “Provident Living”, a popular LDS magazine, has distributed a manual listing the items which are crucial to keep in a 72-hour kit, and detailing tips on creating a family emergency plan, so that every family member will be accounted for and safe should an emergency occur. Some of the most important items listed to keep in a 72-hour kit which may not be as well known include: a supply of prescription and other necessary medications, flashlights, games and toys, waterproof matches and candles, fire extinguisher, first aid supplies, and blankets/sheets. Of course the human necessities such as food and water are very important, but having extra medication on hand could ultimately save a life. The games and toys are included on that list to help create a sense of normalcy among family members, even in a time of crisis.

Something to remember when creating and maintaining a 72-hour kit is to add or remove things that apply specifically to your familial situation. For example, if your family is going on a camping trip, your 72-hour kits may need to contain a compass. While on a road trip, flares might be an important addition to the kit. Also, try to include foods in the kit that your family might enjoy in order to further help create a sense of normalcy, even in a difficult situation.

Having a family emergency plan in place is a very important aspect of family preparedness. Without such a plan, families would often be in a state of panic and disarray during an emergency. With a set meeting place that is easy for all members of the family to reach, the children will not have the same degree of panic, as long as they understand the necessity of reaching the meeting place as quickly and safely as possible. Planning ahead can solve many problems that would ordinarily be encountered in such a situation. Teaching children CPR and other first aid procedures is very helpful, because they could then use such procedures on other members of the family. Even without an emergency, children can remember and use those vital skills for a lifetime. Having drills and practicing putting the family meeting place into effect would be very helpful as well, to create a sense of familiarity with the plan, should an emergency arise.

Being prepared for an emergency is one of the most crucial tasks a family can prepare for, and it may seem like an overwhelming task. Do everything possible right now to begin assembling a kit, even if just with the most basic essentials. Don’t put off preparing for an emergency, because we cannot know when one might strike. As stated by Elder L. Tom Perry in November 1995 General Conference, “if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” This certainly applies to an emergency situation; if we have done everything in our power to prepare, we will have the hand of the Lord on our side.

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