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LDS Emergency Preparedness

Updated on September 9, 2015
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Kathryn Skaggs is the founder of Latter-day Saint Women Stand, a community of over 50K faithful Latter-day Saint women who love their faith!

There Is A Portent Of Stormy Weather... Are YOU Ready?

For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, if they have been counseled ONCE, they have been counseled a THOUSAND times - to get prepared for an emergency! LDS Emergency Preparedness is more than a good program for taking care of our families, just in case there are times of hardship or disaster. Nor, should it be considered as optional - for any of us. With the current worldwide economic crisis, it should now be more apparent than ever, exactly why LDS Church leaders have continued to counsel us with such strong words, about being prepared for an emergency.

Gordon B. Hinckley
proclaimed such words, and in particular to the "men" of the Church - during the 1998 priesthood session of October General Conference. He referred to his topic, as temporal. The talk is entitled, "To The Boys And To The Men". Most members of the Church, who either heard or read those words that were spoken by a living prophet, at the time, have not forgotten them. In fact, I would even go so far as to suggest that many have even memorized one specific statement, and can themselves, quote it. Nevertheless, the question for each one of us to ask ourselves personally is, have we acted upon his words?

He said:

"Now, brethren, I want to make it very clear that I am not prophesying, that I am not predicting years of famine in the future. But I am suggesting that the time has come to get our houses in order.

So many of our people are living on the very edge of their incomes. In fact, some are living on borrowings.

We have witnessed in recent weeks wide and fearsome swings in the markets of the world. The economy is a fragile thing. A stumble in the economy in Jakarta or Moscow can immediately affect the entire world. It can eventually reach down to each of us as individuals. There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.

I hope with all my heart that we shall never slip into a depression. I am a child of the Great Depression of the thirties. I finished the university in 1932, when unemployment in this area exceeded 33 percent."

Preparing a 72 Hour Kit For Each Member of Your Family Can Be Done FAST!

Three Easy Steps To Help Your Family Prepare For A Disaster

Words To Live By For Your Family Safety...

These are the words that continue to ring in every faithful LDS member's heart... "There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed." The words which were spoken then, are perhaps even more appropriate - now.

I wrote this article a few months ago, but had not posted it. Ironically, over this past weekend, another LDS leader made these comments, in relation to the very quote above...

Now, more than a decade later, the storms are here.

"The economic clouds that have long threatened the world are now fully upon us," said Elder Robert D. Hales. "The impact of this economic storm on our Heavenly Father's children requires a gospel vision of welfare today more than ever before."

Again, we must ask ourselves the questions... have we taken "heed" and are we prepared for the storms, of which living prophets have warned and continue to warn us about - and are now telling us, are here?

Have A Family Emergency Savings Plan

Emergency Preparedness Takes Planning...

There are three specific areas of emergency preparedness and planning, that LDS families have been strongly counseled to focus their attention upon:

1. Family Home Storage

2. Family Finances

3. Family Emergency Planning

Elder Hales went on to say....

"Provident living means not coveting the things of this world. It means using the resources of the earth wisely and not being wasteful, even in times of plenty. Provident living means avoiding excessive debt and being content with what we have.

"We live in an age of entitlement," he continued. "Many believe they should have all that others have — right now. Unable to delay gratification, they go into debt to buy what they cannot afford. The results always affect both their temporal and spiritual welfare."

When we go into debt, he said, "We give away some of our precious, priceless agency and place ourselves in self-imposed servitude. We obligate our time, energy and means to repay what we have borrowed — resources that could have been used to help ourselves, our families and others."

Make A Plan With Your Family To Be Prepared For Emergencies..

Make The Decision Today - To Prepare Your Family For An Emergency

Each day, we make important decisions that will affect our futures. At times, those decisions may seem small and insignificant. We can be confident that by hearkening to the counsel of inspired leaders, we will feel the safety and peace - that are promised to those who actually - DO so!

"I testify," Elder Hales declared, "that happy is the man who lives within his means and is able to save a little for future needs. As we live providently and increase our gifts and talents, we become more self-reliant. Self-reliance is taking responsibility for our own spiritual and temporal welfare and for those whom Heavenly Father has entrusted to our care. Only when we are self-reliant can we truly emulate the Savior in serving and blessing others."

You can read all of Elder Hales comments about the current storms and how to better prepare your family  - The Storms Are Here!




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  • rcollester3 profile image


    8 years ago from Middle Tennessee

    Thanks Kathryn, as the emergency preparedness specialist for my ward, I have been on this bandwagon for several years. I will continue to remain there as long as it takes. You are absolutely right on the money.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    MrM -

    How lovely to see you. Yes, there are many reasons to prepare our families, so that we may be self-reliant, "when" these emergency circumstances arise.

    I trust, that your family is well:-)


  • MrMarmalade profile image


    11 years ago from Sydney

    We have had fires, flood and more floods and now the Swine flu.

    Thought I would comment, as I was looking for someone and I saw your hub.

    Thank you

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    My pleasure, Jodi.


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    11 years ago

    Thanks for including us in your list of links :) Great hub!

  • johnb0127 profile image


    11 years ago from TX

    Great hub! Good tips

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    @robie2 - Thanks

    @Doghouse - Peace in today's world, is a rare commodity. Being prepared for when tragedy hits - helps, a lot:-)

    @clint - We all need to "warn our neighbors" and encourage each other to be prepared for emergencies.


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    11 years ago

    Great article, We need more of them. For some reason to many people dont act upon the great information their leaders have given them ! I just hope that with each Article like this a few more will act ! Thanks for the Information.

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    In The Doghouse 

    11 years ago from California

    If you are prepared, then you will not be afraid when the storms of life hit you. This is a very timely Hub indeed. There is a certain peace that comes into your life when you are temporally prepared for emergencies. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Roberta Kyle 

    11 years ago from Central New Jersey

    Being prepared for an emergency-- financial or otherwise-- is always important-- good aedvice here for everyone Kathryn.... thanks

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    @Thorne @tdarby - Thank you. To the extent that we prepare our families for an emergency, is the degree to which we have peace in that self-reliance... knowing that we have done all that we could to protect our loved ones.

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    11 years ago

    What a great Hub! Thanks for sharing these essential truths and how easy it is for us to prepare.

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    11 years ago

    Love this hub! A good reminder of being prepared and the peace of mind it can bring to ANY home.

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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    Willis -

    Perhaps you are right, however - whether what you store and how you prepare benefits you and your family personally or not, the ability to assist others is "always" a need. We need to be prepared to help others, too:-)



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    Kathryn Skaggs 

    11 years ago from Southern California

    solarshingles -

    Today, it really is a must. When we are self-reliant, we are better able to better meet whatever physical challenges we are faced with in life.



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    Willis Whitlock 

    11 years ago

    You will probably never use most of what you put away for preparedness. At least, you won't use it the way you think.

    But the process of preparing can help focus thinking about what is important.

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    11 years ago from london

    Emergency preparedness is a must for any family and for every society. These activities saves lives of people and there is absolutely no excuse not to do them. Dear Kathryn, thank you to remind us to this important life issue!

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    11 years ago

    Its calamity is really devastating so it pays a lot when we are prepared.


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