Preparedness (according to Wikipedia) refers to a very concrete research based set of actions that are taken as precautionary measures in the face of potential disasters. These actions can include both physical preparations (such as emergency supplies depots, adapting buildings to survive earthquakes and so on) and trainings for emergency action. Preparedness is an important quality in achieving goals and in avoiding and mitigating negative outcomes.
Methods of preparation include research, estimation, planning, resourcing, education, practicing and rehearsing.
It’s been eighteen years since BYU hosted the imperial tombs of china – an exhibit that my mom and I had gone to. I found it odd that these rulers would spend their entire lives preparing for their deaths. But then I suppose to some extent many of us experience a similar thing.
Oh, we don’t design the interior of our tombs, or have servants weave the jade suit that we will be buried in, or spend billions of dollars recreating an army of statues or select people to be buried with us. Yet there are millions who will send a check to a life insurance company each month so that their beneficiaries may be able to use that money on their burial when the time comes. Some actually plan out their programs, purchase plots, and even make final arrangements for themselves. And sometimes those plans are carried out. Others are not. And it’s not as if the deceased will really be the ones who benefit
We are also encouraged to prepare to face disaster. Keep a backpack near the front door so that we can evacuate at a moments notice. It has happened. An apartment complex had flooded and the tenants were asked to relocate. Fires in various cities have kept the residence away – or rather it has been enforced.
There are a number of reasons why we need toprepare. We may have invested on creating a food or water storage for example. We may need it when the weather is great and there are no elements to force us to leave our house. We may use your food supply during the time we are out of work and there is no income. Roland and I lived off food storage and charity for two years. And I am grateful that we had the sense to store the food that we had – for it was desperately needed.
One day last week Roland and I had the opportunity of attending an emergency preparedness class. I had made arrangements to leave Jenna with a friend, but she said she wanted to go to the class. I had heard the “earthquake lady”’s demonstration before. This video will give you an idea of how involved she is with emergency preparedness.
For Christmas she will give “preparedness” gifts – and while it’s a wonderful thought, I bet the average receiver (grateful or not) would hope that she or he will never have the opportunity to use said gift. I have a hard time collecting “stuff” that takes up space when I’m having a hard enough time finding space for the essential day to day stuff.
We were advised to prepare backpacks for each individual in the family. Jenna took her words to heart – and though she couldn’t find a backpack to use, has put together the necessary items and had filled a handled bag. If we were asked to leave the house right now, she is the only one who is physically ready.