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With the increase in frequency of natural disasters many people are planning ahead for what they will do in case of an emergency. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security there are three basic steps to preparing for emergencies in your home, business and community. They are:

1. Assemble an emergency kit
2. Make an emergency plan
3. Be informed and involved.

Personal needs will vary, but a basic disaster preparedness kit should include:

Water (one gallon per person per day for at least 3 days)
Food (at least a 3 day supply of non-perishable items)
Battery powered weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
Flashlight and extra batteries
First Aid kit
Whistle to signal for help
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
Can opener for food
For a list of additional items to consider, visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY.

Your family emergency plan should include a designated meeting place and preferred methods of communication. Being able to access information and contact people organizing rescue and relief operations is crucial.

Spiritual Emergencies

Now…how about being prepared for spiritual emergencies? Your soul needs protection and preservation as much as your physical body. Actually, your spiritual health is more important because it determines your eternal destiny, not just how long you survive on this planet.

Being prepared for spiritual emergencies is similar to being ready for natural disasters—you need to assemble a kit, have a plan and be informed and involved. Your kit should include a Bible and other spiritual reading material. It may also include a prayer journal and inspirational music. For a list of additional items to consider, try www.askGod.heaven.

Plan to meet in a designated place with other people who are seeking similar spiritual preparedness. It is also crucial to establish clear methods of communication with The Ones who are organizing rescue and relief operations.

Following these basic tips will ensure a greater level of preparedness for all types of disasters.

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