Hope Is Not a Plan: Emergency Preparedness

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Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, NOT a sudden spectacular program.”

Spencer W. Kimball

I once wrote an article about having an emergency stash of baby formula (if you have a baby) in case of a disaster. Because you never know. One mother that commented on my article said she doesn’t keep any emergency supplies because she prefers to deal with situations as they come. What?? In fact, I can’t help quoting a few lines from her comment:

There are people in this world who feel happier when they are prepared for every eventuality. And there are people who just prefer to take things as they come and deal with the problems when they hit. I am firmly in the latter camp.

This is a dangerous way of thinking when it comes to emergency preparedness. I am sure that people with that kind of mentally regret it when their house burns down with their child inside, when an earthquake cuts off water and electricity for weeks, when the family’s breadwinner loses their job and can’t find a new one for two years, or when a hurricane, volcanic eruption or wildfire gives them literally two minutes to evacuate from their home.

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Disasters happen. Everyday.

This last weekend I attended 12 hours worth of emergency preparedness classes. Right now, city officials in our area are really pushing for individuals and families to get prepared for disasters. They are really concerned about this mentally many people have that the government is going to come and rescue them in an emergency. Basically what they said is that it ain’t gonna happen. There are not enough resources. Even in the best of circumstances, people still have to wait for help to arrive, and even when/if it does come, people may not get what they need. People need to take care of themselves.

When you are not prepared, you become a BURDEN to others.

Most people do not like to burden others. People enjoy being independent and taking care of themselves. Many people enjoy helping others. In the case of a disaster, if you are’t prepared, you will be a burden to others. You will not get to help other people. In fact, the more resources you take, the less there are for others who really need it. When you are prepared, not only do you help yourself, but you help the whole community.

There were 99 MAJOR disasters in the US in 2011.

A major disaster is one in which the local government cannot handle the problem and requires assistance from outside sources. We’ve all heard of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake/tsunami last year in Japan. We hear of the events that occur in highly populated areas, but the fact is, major disasters are happening all the time, all over the world. No one is exempt from this. If it hasn’t happened to you, then it just has not happened to you yet.

Failing to plan is planning to fail.

I am going to be starting a series on emergency preparedness so I can share the things I’ve learned with you. It’s just so important to do this. People sometimes die because of lack of preparation. That’s a reality. This is even more crucial if you have children under your care. The time to prepare is now.

I’m not saying we should live in fear of disaster. That’s no way to live. Rather, there is a sense of peace that comes with being prepared, knowing you can take care of yourself and your family in an emergency situation. In my church, we often like to say, “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.” I certainly think that applies here.

No need to wait for my next post, you can start learning about emergency preparedness now! Here are a couple of websites:

Provident Living (church-based)

Learn How to Be Prepared

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Cassie says:

    This post (and you talking about the expo) spurred me into going over our preparedness. I really like thus quote about being a burden, no one wants to be that.

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