Planning for Emergencies

1 : an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action
2 : an urgent need for assistance or relief

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Emergency Preparation

We should be prepared for the future. Only preparation, both spiritual and temporal, can dispel fear. Individual members and families should prepare to be as self-reliant as possible in times of personal or widespread emergency.

President Gordon B. Hinckley has suggested "that the time has come to get our houses in order. . . . There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed" (in Conference Report, Oct. 1998, 70; or Ensign, Nov. 1998, 53).

The primary responsibility to prepare for and respond to emergencies rests with individual members and families. To help, Church leaders have counseled families to:

  • Prepare spiritually through fasting, family and personal prayer, family home evening, and honoring their covenants.
  • Prepare financially by staying out of debt, saving for the future, and obtaining insurance if possible.
  • Families should start by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in saving.
  • Prepare for home and natural disasters by having certain basic emergency and first aid supplies available in one place in your home for quick and easy access.
  • Maintain physical health by practicing wise eating habits, observing the Word of Wisdom, and exercising regularly.
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    Some Emergency Preparation Resources

    A Family Emergency Preparedness Guide specifically designed for West GA/East AL

    The Workbook to accompany The Family Emergency Preparedness Guide

    Ready Checklists, videos, and other information from Ready

    The Georgia Emergency Management Agency

    Alabama Emergency Management Agency

    Emergency Preparedness from FEMA and Homeland Security

    Prepare for Emergencies: American Red Cross

    Emergency Preparedness and Response information from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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