Alright. I know many of you thought twice when you saw this blog. Maybe you thought it was weird? Nerdy? A good idea? So random? I don’t blame you. However, emergency preparedness and response has always been fascinating to me, probably because my family is so into it. For example, we created 72 hour kits for Family Home Evening (FHE) back when I was like 10, other FHE activities have included having contests to find the gas shut off, water shut off, memorizing the name of our insurance and security system code, etc, and I witnessed my parents go on a “food storage frenzy” and gather a three months supply of food storage. I know that the reason my parents have been so “into” this kind of stuff is because the leaders of our church have prophesied over and over of calamities and disasters that are to come and that we need to prepare ourselves and our families. I’m very grateful for my parents’ examples.
Perhaps the most comforting message in the scriptures is D&C 38:30 which says, “…if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.” Unfortunately, most people do not realize the importance of preparing for natural disasters until they actually “strike” personally. For example, those affected by the earthquake in Haiti may not have known about the importance of 72 hour kits or food storage, because nothing up until this point had ever caused them to need these things. Many college students, myself included, may think, “I don’t need food storage, my family has so much at home and plus, my cupboards are stocked full of food!” Well what will happen when a possible disaster strikes and you are stranded in your apartment for a week? That cupboard will not stay stocked full for long. 🙂 Hopefully suggestions I post on this blog might be able to prompt you to prepare yourself, so that “ye shall not fear” when disasters strike.