Thinking about emergency situations can feel frightening and overwhelming, but we are promised “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30). Preparing for emergencies can help us feel more secure and can help us stay safe when a disaster or unexpected event occurs.
Preparation is necessary in many areas, including financial, home storage and food production, emotional preparedness, and emergency planning. If we have these plans in place, we can be prepared when challenges occur.
When planning for disasters, it’s helpful to:
To learn how to plan for disruptions in your area, see the Personal and Family Emergency Preparedness Planning Guide. In the guide, you can find activities and charts to help you make plans.
An emergency kit can help you be prepared if you need to leave your home for a brief period. Think through these needs as you put together a portable supply kit:
Once you have created your emergency kit, be sure to check it regularly. Children grow out of clothes, food expires, and plans change. See the Temporal Preparedness Guides for Your Area for more specifics.