A Biblical Perspective on Emergency Preparedness
By Carol Tavernier, Guest Blogger June 5, 2014
Genesis 6:21 (NIV)
“You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”
“The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.”
God tells us to be prepared. He tells us to store food (and water, and other emergency essentials) for….some event. And while he doesn’t tell us what this event may be, we only need to look around our home town, our neighboring states, and even our international borders to get a glimpse of impending disasters. God tried to tell me to be prepared when our water pipes kept exploding and we went without water for days at a time, more than once. God tried to tell me to be prepared when we were without power several times. God tried to tell me to be prepared when we experienced the aftermath of tornado winds, earthquakes and even snow storms. Finally, I listened. I think it took me becoming a Mom to finally realize that our children depend on us for everything and God is there for us in that same way. I’m not perfect when it comes to preparedness. I’ve been good at storing food and camping supplies, but it wasn’t until last month that I finally ordered water barrels for long term water storage. It was the disaster in West Virginia that really opened my eyes! Even now, residents of West Virginia question the safety of the water they are drinking.
You’ve seen the world outside of your home. You know how people act and behave on a normal day. Imagine how quickly things would fall apart if your community was buried under 5 feet of snow, or if power lines were knocked out because of tornado strength winds. You wouldn’t have access to grocery stores, to gas stations, to drug stores! What would your family, your children, your loved ones eat, or drink? How would you cook that food? How would you ensure that the water that was trickling from your faucet was safe to drink? What about needed medications? All those things that we take for granted would be almost impossible to find during a weather-related emergency (natural disaster). Here are some suggestions for your own emergency kits. Feel free to visit FEMA’s website, and customize your kit to meet your family’s needs at http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf.
The following should be included in your basic disaster supplies kit:
- Three-day supply of nonperishable food and manual can opener.
- Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day).
- Portable, battery-powered radio or television, and extra batteries.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- First-aid kit and manual.
- Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, moist towelettes, and toilet paper).
- Matches in waterproof container.
- Extra clothing and blankets.
- Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils.
- Photocopies of identification and credit cards.
- Cash and coins.
- Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens solution, and hearing aid batteries.
- Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
- Tools, pet supplies, a map of the local area, and other items to meet your unique family needs.
Consider this your wake up call. Even if it’s something as simple as keeping an emergency backpack in your car, or a box of emergency essentials in your home, please take the time to set aside some essentials.
Carol Tavernier is a SAHM (stay at home mom)who is an Independent Consultant for Thrive Life Foods. Thrive Life Foods specializes in long term food storage and emergency preparedness. Thrive freeze dried fruits and vegetables are made without preservatives, and most items have a shelf life of up to 25 years. Thrive also carries certified Gluten Free foods, as well as a line of organic items. Visit Carol’s personal website for all of your emergency preparedness needs at www.carol.thrivelife.comor contact Carol directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to earn your food storage for free? Host an in-home or on-line event! Email Carol today for more information.
By Christine Tate
You’ve moved to the country, obtained and learned how to raise farm animals, started a garden, taken a first-aid course, prepared bug-out bags and shelters, started homeschooling your children, bought guns and ammo, stockpiled food, traded dollars for gold, and secured your perimeter. You even have a Bible handy for personal and family-style home worship. But have you asked yourself which verses you are going to reference when you need quick and easy spiritual sustenance? Do you know them by heart? Do you have them printed out where you can glance at them as you walk by or give them to others who are struggling?
Preppers spend countless hours and endless amounts of energy preparing for a myriad of eventualities. Most preppers know that whatever the outcome of the particular TEOTWAWKI situation they prepared for, mental preparedness is a key component. But, in the end, even the most focused and steel-minded of individuals must rely on faith. Not just faith in your survival abilities or faith in the preparations you have made, but faith that come what may, a gracious and loving God will somehow make a way for you in your new world. As much as we all know this, few have taken the time to set aside a few key Bible verses to fall back on when they are too tired and hungry to read or even think. When there is no light to read your Bible, or worse, your reading glasses are broken and you can’t read your Bible, you need to have key verses written on your heart. What if your portable pocket Bible fell out of your backpack while you were on the move and all you had left was prayer, song you have learned, memorized scripture and what you all ready know about God? I’ve put together a compilation of preparedness verses and key points below to get you started:
God comes first. It’s easy to get caught up in the cares of this world and put physical needs first, especially when the cares are matters of life and death. But if you put God first, he’ll take care of the rest.
Have Faith. Keep a positive attitude and believe that things will work out and you will be able to accomplish what you need to accomplish.
God does not lie. The first step to having faith is remembering that God does not lie. If He says it in the Bible, it is the unerring truth. You can count on what He tells you. Know that God’s word will not change.
God does not confuse things. If something seems confusing, it’s time to take a step back and check yourself.
God Heals. Before you find yourself in a situation where you do not have the necessary medical supplies, the medical supplies you have are gone, you don’t have the medical knowledge you need or everything you have tried doesn’t work, ask yourself if you believe God can divinely heal all medical situations. The Bible says He can and will. Stand on that unwaveringly. When no or limited medicine is available, prayer may be all you have. But take heart, the Bible tells us that God is our healer.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Have faith. Matthew 6:33
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Faith without works is dead. James 2:20
God is not a man, that he should lie… Numbers 23:19
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…1 Corinthians 14:33
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. James 5:14-15
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. Luke 17:6
When you are in a tight situation, remember to pray. And when you pray, claim these verses as your own. Expect that God will answer you. Take comfort that things are as God says they will be. Thank God for His enduring provisions. Print these verses out and have copies on hand to sustain yourself and others from a mental and spiritual standpoint when things get really rough. May the God who gives to all freely richly bless you all.