Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Surviving the Storm - Give Heed to Prophets

From their talk "Surviving the Storm" these authors suggest the following:
1.  Pray for Guidance
2.  Seek Peace
3.  Learn What Matters
4.  Lend a Hand
5.  Remember
6.  Be Prepared, Not Scared

Natural disasters are a possibility no matter where we live. The best way to prepare is to have emergency plans in place, survival supplies prepared, and training completed where it is available. Here are some other lessons learned by those who survived the hurricanes:
  1. Make sure you have fresh batteries and flashlights.
  2. Refrigerators and freezers will provide food for a few days.
  3. Store water, both for drinking and for bathing.
  4. Have important papers in a place where you can easily grab them.
  5. Get to know your neighbors, and have a contact list for emergencies.
  6. Aaronic Priesthood and Young Women camping experience can prepare you for living in emergency conditions.
  7. Remember, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

[Give Heed]

President Gordon B. Hinckley
“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.” President Gordon B. Hinckley (“To the Boys and to the Men,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 53).

Extra, Extra

To learn more about preparing for emergencies, go to www.lds.org and click on “Provident Living” and then on “Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness.” There you’ll find advice on topics such as how to prepare for the future, both spiritually and temporally; preparing for home emergencies and natural disasters; and a list of emergency preparation resources.