Recently we posted the Ten Components of Emergency Preparedness. There’s a reason these ten components are in the order that they are. It’s not about ease or difficulty of storage or preparation. It’s about what you can and can’t fix down the road when an emergency arrives. Allow me to explain.
The top three areas of preparedness on the list of ten components of emergency preparedness are preparing spiritually, mentally and physically. Whatever level of preparedness you possess when an emergency happens, that’s what you have to work with. It’s not like you’ll be able to go and read 30 preparedness books when a disaster strikes and immediately be up-to-speed.
Contrast this with food preparation. With food, you can go into the mountains to gather food, or trade services to obtain what you need. If you have no food stored now, this does not automatically preclude your survival in an emergency. But physical preparation? You can’t trade any of your food storage for a portion of someone else’s physical fitness. That’s just not how it works.
Preparing spiritually, mentally and physically is of crucial importance because if an emergency were to strike today, your current preparedness level is what you have to make do with. That’s why we need to be as prepared as possible, particularly in these three areas. Even if you have NO money to address the other seven areas of preparedness (medical, clothing & shelter, food, water, fuel, financial, and communications) efforts to prepare spiritually, mentally and physically can be done right now.
Are you adequately prepared spiritually, mentally and physically? Are you where you would like to be were an emergency to hit tomorrow? How many people do you know who are sufficiently prepared spiritually, mentally and physically? What are you doing today to increase your preparedness in these areas?
Even if it’s just small preparedness efforts, it’s important to do something each day to be better prepared in an emergency. Just do one thing every day and be consistent with it. Perhaps you’re overwhelmed by the amount of preparation necessary to be adequately prepared. You don’t have to do it all right now – just start where you are and take baby steps forward.
The key is to start. It doesn’t even matter what “it” is that you are doing to prepare. Just do it and start now.
Maybe it’s one push-up or one sit-up every day. That’s acceptable. That’s one more push up or sit up than you’re doing now. Maybe it’s reading a preparedness book like One Second After, skipping the soda at dinnertime or doing an extra lap around the track. Whatever your spiritual, mental and physical preparedness efforts may be, stay consistent and then just increase them a little at a time.
Remember folks, it’s not a competition with anyone else – it’s only a competition against yourself. As long as you’re moving consistently in the right direction, you’re on the right path.
In closing, your challenge is to do one thing consistently every day to prepare spiritually, mentally or physically for an emergency. Next week, do two things consistently every day. If you think doing two things consistently is too much, do one and a half things every day instead. Just be consistent!
What baby steps will you take today to prepare spiritually, mentally and physically for an emergency?
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