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Being Ready For An Emergency

Updated on October 11, 2012
Is your purse (or bag) prepared for an emergency?
Is your purse (or bag) prepared for an emergency? | Source

What's In Your Purse?

Recently, there was a discussion during the usual Bible Study at the Church Ministry that this writer attends, about the things that we as individuals should have with us in case of an emergency. The topic was prevalent since our bible studies have focused on how we should conduct ourselves in these unpredictable times, which have been suggested to be the End Times.Each of the ladies attending were to share with the group what was in their purse. It was emphasized to the teenagers and even the men to have a back pack ready at all times to contain the essential things needed to keep each one safe and prepared for any changes that may occur.

What if you are driving and the weather becomes treacherous, do you have what you need? It is good to have something to eat, and a bottle of water to drink; extra cash or change (five USD is a safe amount); bandaids, and antiseptic ointment for any accidental cuts you may have. A flashlight is a very important thing to have, and a cigarette lighter is good in case you need to light a candle or a flare. An extra blanket, an extra pair of gloves, and a snow outfit in the car is essential in the inclement weather.

In the case of traveling alone, it is smart to be able to navigate your surroundings. Being stranded in a dangerous neighborhood is something no one plans, but if one must be prepared, have an emergency plan in mind if someone harms you. I believe it is at the discretion of the person whether they decide to carry anything to defend oneself from an assailant. As a believer in Christ, I care not to hurt an individual. But as a precaution, this writer carries a can of pepper spray. Only a handful of times, I took a guardian with me when attending to nursing clients in a dangerous neighborhood.

Children and teenagers should be educated to be watchful of changes around them when they travel. A backpack is quite roomy for similar things needed: extra set of clothing, a snack and a bottle of water, a cellphone, phone numbers of not only their parent, but a responsible neighbor, a flash light, extra money ( five USD in dollars and change), It is good to talk to the children what their plan should be if they are in a dangerous situation.

There are so many things to consider when planning ahead. It is the time to stock up at home now for the next few months to come. Canned goods, dry foods, and bottled fluids to drink, such as water, juice, and even milk, such as Eden Soy or Parmalat can be easily stored. Batteries and candles are great to stock up on.

Life is so busy that it is hard to plan ahead. There may be lots of reasons that we have not been prepared for emergency or disaster. Preparation is essential, Doing as a family, and even getting the community involved and aware makes the tasks an easier thing to deal with.

A woman has a right to know how to defend herself.


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    • janesix profile image

      janesix 5 years ago

      Great article. I live in a tsunami zone, I'm always ready to go.

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      lcbenefield 5 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for these tips. You have presented some good ideas in this article. My mom goes everywhere with extra snacks. One year for my birthday, my family got my car prepared for emergencies with jumper cables, a blanket, flashlight, a first aid kit, and some kittly litter for traction in case that was needed. We never know what will happen any given day. I'm so glad we know Someone who does. Voted up and useful.