This little sign sits in my laundry room and reminds me to think ahead for what may come. It doesn't say, "Have FEAR and PANIC because a storm is coming!!!!" For this I am grateful as I already have those thoughts as a natural response if I allow my flesh to take over and forget the promises of God. Instead, I quote "For do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 while I also prepare for what we have been warned lies ahead.
As many of you know, there are predicted tornados coming to the Mid-West over the next two days. Below I have listed some basic things to remember to help you prepare for the storms. I hope you will join me in prayer for the weather to die down as we also pray for peace if the storm should occur.
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If disaster is imminent - how do you prepare?
If you hear that a severe storm or another type of natural disaster is headed your way, there are precautions you can take to help your family and your business be prepared.
If you are ordered to evacuate, do so. If you are not being evacuated, use your time wisely to make preparations designed to keep everyone safe during the event.
Here is what you need to do:
Contact someone outside the affected area to tell them where you will be for the duration of the storm. Business owners should remind employees of your continuity plans, including information on how they will know if your facility is open for business once the storm has passed.
Learn how to shut off all utilities.
It is always a good idea to know how to turn off the gas, electricity and water in your home or place of business.
Learn the warning signs and alert signals for your area.
Stay tuned to your local television or radio station for disaster-related information.
Collect emergency building materials.
Depending on the type of disaster, you may want to consider having emergency materials on hand, such as plywood, sandbags and waterproof tarps.
Secure all outdoor objects or move them inside.
Grills, patio furniture and flowerpots are common household items that can become airborne in high winds. Do not use grills inside or store propane tanks inside the house or garage. Business owners should also remember to secure outdoor signage, benches and equipment to minimize potential damage.
Keep your car fueled up.
If you have an emergency generator, keep that fueled up as well, and always have spare fuel on hand that is stored in an approved container in a safe location.
Be sure you have car chargers for your cell phone, smart phone and other portable devices.
Having car chargers available can assist you in staying in communication if your electricity goes out.
Create a survival kit that will sustain you if disaster strikes
In creating a survival kit, think about what you would need if you were stranded away from home for three to seven days. Prepare your kit well in advance so that if you have to evacuate quickly you are able to take your essentials with you.
It should include at a minimum:
Enough water for a gallon of water per person, per day
Toiletries and personal items
Flashlights and plenty of batteries
A portable radio and/or television
Extra clothing and blankets
A first-aid kit
Emergency cash and credit cards
A copy of your Travelers insurance policy
A copy of an inventory of your home's contents
Other personal documents
Store data electronically:
Important personal documents can help you reestablish your life after a disaster.
Consider storing digital copies of the following on a password-protected flash drive:
Personal and family records, copies of licenses including medical records
Inventory of your home's contents
Photographs of your home and your belongings
Again, this is not to create fear or panic but to be aware and ready for the future just as Noah planned even before he saw the rain. We can see this as beneficial again in Proverbs 31:27 says, "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness." So let's be watchful and hardworking today and trust the Lord to take care of any and every storm we may encounter.