With the current COVID-19 pandemic just starting to hit the United States, it seems right to talk about emergency preparedness. I do not believe we need to be in a panic about everything, but I believe we should be prepared for certain situations and circumstances when they arise.
Think about it. How often do you have a power outage that lasts more than a few hours? How about a power outage that lasts for a few days? We had that in South Haven (Valparaiso), Indiana last year.
With the media stirring up fearful frenzy in order to increase their ratings, and with governments ever willing to take advantage by passing laws to give themselves power and control over the citizenry during the crisis, power and control that never goes away even after the crisis, I believe we sometimes even have to be prepared to deal with the effects of their fear-mongering.
How many stores were sold out of toilet paper for days? How many stores were sold out of meat for a day or two? Milk? Other foods and supplies. I do not believe we need to hurry out and purchase all of everything we possibly can. I do believe it would be prudent to purchase an emergency food supply that would last anywhere from two weeks to six months depending upon what you believe is right for you. That is the range of time I seem to hear the most, some places saying two weeks, and others up to six months of emergency supplies.
I believe having flashlights and batteries is a good idea; candles and matches or lighters too. Purchasing a large pack of toilet paper every week, even if you don’t need to that week and storing it would be a good way to stock up in a sane manner. If you can, purchase an emergency generator and have a licensed electrician hook it up to your house for power outages. It would be wise to have first aid supplies on hand.
There are a number of things you could do to prepare for an emergency due to power outages, natural catastrophes disrupting supply chains (such as food and basic necessities), or another pandemic where things are being shut down and it may become difficult to obtain normal supplies.
Another good idea would be to start growing your own food, either in a garden in your own yard or by some other type of method such as aquaponics, or container gardening, or a vertical garden using either method.
I hope this article gets people thinking and preparing. Look at what is happening with the current COVID-19 situation and learn from it. What is difficult to obtain? How long is it lasting? What is allowed to remain open and what is being closed? What can you do to prevent difficulties for yourself in future situations that will arise?
Do not panic, but learn and prepare. Almighty GOD has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, of love, and of a sound mind. Fear is from the enemy of our souls, and whoever is spreading that fear is working for that enemy, even if they do not realize it or intend to. Learn, plan, prepare, and help your family, extended family, and any neighbors that you can. Pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, and be obedient to what you believe our Father in heaven is showing you to do.