Your Plan of Action during an Emergency – PART 2
Trouble is upon us. But Christ has told us not to be afraid. He told us to be alert for His coming. He told us to be prepared. When the catastrophic events occur here in the U.S., as they are happening around the world, including the Middle East, Venezuela, and Europe, the initial reaction of all of us will likely be one of panic and confusion. To temper these fearful emotions, it will help if you have a plan, a “just-in-case” plan. The more you rehearse your plan, the more your stress levels related to current events will diminish. The plan needs to include such worst case scenarios as your cellphone not working, thereby cutting off any communication, no electrical power, and/or your car suddenly stopping or not starting. To add to the chaos, imagine everybody else in the same situation, at the same time, with no plan in place.
The first questions you must ask and answer in forming your emergency plan are:
- Where is the safest place for me and my family?
- Is my home or apartment the safest place? If so, you’ll need one of these.
- How do I provide food and water at my safe place?
- If I am not at my safe place when a catastrophic event happens, how will I get there? Will I walk, fly, ride a bike, or drive? If so, you’ll need one of these.
- Who else do I want with me at my safe place?
- What can I do to help one other person who is not a blood relative and who lacks the resources to provide for him or herself, a safe place?
My hope is that our churches will become actively involved in our discussions of safe places and helping those in need during the coming hard times.