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When I lived in Kansas City, Missouri the following happened just a few months after moving in

When I lived in Kansas City, Missouri the following happened a few months after moving in. “Hello, this is Brother Sampson from the Elders Quorum. “I am calling to ask what preparations you have for an emergency.” “Well, I will tell you…I have 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition, enough kerosene to destroy the evidence, and cyanide capsules so no one will ever know the story.” Oddly enough there was dead silence on the phone. I asked if he got all of that. A stammering Brother Sampson replied that he had never heard an answer like that. I checked to makes the Quorum President would receive my answer.

While this example is not a common one it does demonstrate two points that there is no one way to look at emergency preparedness and I have a bad sense of humor. The LDS Church gives general guidelines that each would be familiar with. Things such as medications, food for pets, super glue, a card game, three to six months of wages and clean water are typically over looked. It is left up to wards to organize relief in disasters. This leads to some unique ideas about what should be prepared for.

Realizing that there are some things that cannot be prepared for let’s take a look at what can be. Did everyone head President Hinkley’s advice to “get your houses in order”? When I was child some Family Home Evenings included what to do in an emergency. What we should have done are lessons on finance learning to save. That way we could more easily save three to six months of wages for whatever may come. We live in a frightening and unstable time. What is secure today may not be tomorrow. How many people honestly felt ten years ago that the massive American engine of finance would be brought to its knees?

With the nation’s response to Hurricane Katrina, which we saw coming for at least a week, is it any wonder that individuals need to prepare their own response to disaster. Imagine unforeseen disasters such as an earthquake or terrorist attack. With emergency crews overwhelmed self reliance and resilience are crucial. Very few know exactly what to do in an emergency. For the rest of us lots of prayer and the ability to listen to internal guidance is needed. The first thing people should be taught about emergencies is that we should cultivate the capability to listen to the still small voice.

Perhaps it is best to take a spiritual and physical inventory in preparation for any emergency. Understand that you are ultimately responsible for your family and yourself. Take time to prepare “every needful thing”, to practice, and to seek guidance for those things we may not think of or be aware that we really would need. Most importantly listen to the Holy Ghost in your preparation. Who better to help than someone whose personal mission is to protect you? In any emergency remember God’s will be done.

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