“The scouts’ motto is founded on my initials, it is: BE PREPARED,
Which means, you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY
Be Prepared in Mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, and are willing to do it.
Be Prepared in Body by making yourself strong and active and able to do the right thing at the right moment, and do it.”Lieut. Gen. Baden Powell C.B., Scouting for Boys (1908)
It’s not just the scouts that are encouraged to “be prepared” and this post is not about them.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, believe there is a prophet on the earth today like Moses and Noah of old, that advise and give counsel for our time. I have been asked before by those not of my faith, “what has the prophet said recently”
One piece of council repeated for decades, is to be prepared temporally for times of need. Like the Old Testament story of Joseph of Egypt, who stored up grains for 7 years and then distributed them during a period of famine. Cue song… “way way back many centuries ago, not long after the bible began.“
There are many reasons why we need to be prepared today and you don’t have to look too hard at global and local news, to realise that having small scale reserves is a good idea.
I grew up as a child with a food store cupboard in the families spare room, as being prepared was one church principal my Mum was fully onboard with. Both my parents were Scout leaders so that probably helped too.
This year a repeat reminder has been given to have a 72-Hour Emergency Pack. The principal is to have a bag that can be picked up as you leave your home, for whatever reason, and be able to make you more comfortable than if you didn’t have it. I am not suggesting that your house is going to collapse, but it could be a simple as your heating fails and you go and stay with a family member overnight. You may only use a toothbrush and change of clothes from your bag, but you would appreciate having them.
So that’s the why… but what about the how. Nearly 3 decades ago as a family, we started a small food storage supply and put together 72-Hour packs for us and the children. Finding space, funds and time with a young family isn’t easy. But we managed.
Today we have the luxury of a utility room to have a modest food store. Its added to by adding an odd item each weekly shop. A can of beans here, pack or rice there. It can quickly build up, then deplete in times of need. We are with the plan, but reminders are still good. This week we went through our 72-Emergency Packs. Replaced some out of date items and updated some clothing. What you pack doesn’t have to be smart or new, just something that is warm comfortable and fits. Hopefully like home insurance we will never need to use them, but there is a peace that comes from knowing you are prepared.
Want to know more? We have put together a resource booklet on why and how to organise a 72-hour Emergency pack. With ideas of what to put in them.
Feel free to download, use and share this post with friends and family. Along with a list of suggested items to pack, there are more resources to teach, explain and motivate.
Updated Content (10th March 2022)
The following information has become available from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Europe Area. It’s an excellent resource for planning your emergency preparedness.
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