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Top Tips for Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

As early as 1860 and even in times of scarcity, latter-day prophets and apostles have directed us to prepare for emergencies. To the common-sense wisdom of preparation they add reasons like self-reliance, responsibility, and peace of mind. For instance, Elder L. Tom Perry taught, “The need for preparation is abundantly clear. The great blessing of being prepared gives us freedom from fear” (“If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 36). More to the point, Heavenly Father reminds us, through Joseph Smith himself, that “if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). So both the need and the benefits of emergency preparedness seem pretty apparent, right? Yet many are not yet fully prepared, for whatever reason, even in these turbulent times. How can you fully prepare yourself and your family for an emergency, in a way that bypasses confusion, tedium, or overwhelm and goes straight to the peace part? With this what’s-what about emergency preparedness and some tips for emergency preparedness in mind.

What Is Emergency Preparedness Basically?

The most basic element of emergency preparedness is the mindset that a disaster could happen that would affect you. We tend to shove that possibility to the back of our minds for the sake of feeling safe, don’t we? But the acceptance of the possibility beforehand gives you a chance to look it square in the eye and tell it it’s not going to bully you into negligence. It’s also a realization that, while disasters might be scary, you can lessen the fear by preparing.

The topic of emergency preparedness actually encompasses many areas, but don’t let that overwhelm you. That means there’s a lot of wisdom to draw from when preparing for a disaster.


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