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Emergency Preparedness: 3 Tips to Get Started

By Mormon.org
the parable of the ten virgins

Be Prepared

Jesus Christ often taught in parables so listeners could understand valuable principles through simple stories. One such story, the parable of the ten virgins, teaches the importance of being prepared for future events.

Watch as the Savior teaches the parable of the ten virgins.

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In today’s world, natural disasters, economic instability, and personal hardship can lead to emergency situations with little warning. Flooding in the southern United States and earthquakes in Nepal have proven devastating and deadly in 2015. Tornados, fires, mudslides, drought, and volcanic activity have disrupted lives across the globe. And while they are not as destructive as natural disasters, contaminated food and water supplies, sluggish job growth, job loss, and unexpected illness have impacted individuals, families, and communities throughout the world.

The Lord has admonished us to “prepare every needful thing” (D&C 109:8) and has promised that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30). But with all the information available on emergency preparedness, where do we start?

Here are three simple tips, based on recommendations from Ready.gov, for getting started with emergency preparedness.

  1. Get Informed. Learn what you need to know to be prepared in various emergency situations. Here are some good resources to consider when getting started: Building Disaster-Resilient Communities, Safety at Home: Emergency Preparedness, and Be Ready Utah.
  2. Make a Plan. Once you learn a little about your chosen area of emergency preparedness, make a plan for getting ready. Talk with family members about your plan and consider the needs and responsibilities of all involved.
  3. Carry Out the Plan. If your emergency preparedness plan calls for purchasing supplies, making a kit, gathering information, or completing a task, begin small and build from there.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Here are some ideas to consider when becoming informed, making a plan, and carrying out your plan.

Physical—Be prepared to meet basic physical needs in emergency situations.

Financial—Get your financial affairs in order. Not only will it help in widespread disasters, but it will also be beneficial during personal hardships.

Intellectual—Keep learning. As you increase your skill set, you will be better equipped to face emergency situations with confidence.

Spiritual—If you are prepared spiritually, you will be able to weather whatever comes with faith.

Would you like to learn more about following the Lord’s counsel to be prepared? Chat with a Mormon online today and learn why emergency preparedness is important.