Emergency Preparedness Certification Program

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This is the presentation for the Hobble Creek Stake Emergency Preparedness Program. Learn more at: www.ldsemergencyprep.org.

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  • It is all too easy to focus on the temporal, when considering Emergency Preparedness, but there are spiritual principles involved. "We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult--the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value. We are living in the prophesied time 'when peace shall be taken from the earth' (D&C 1:35,) when 'all things shall be in commotion' and 'men's hearts shall fail them' (D&C 88:91.) There are many temporal causes of commotion, including wars and natural disasters, but an even greater cause of current 'commotion' is spiritual." Elder Dallin H. Oaks
  • All too often, people only think of Emergency Preparedness as it relates to food storage and 72 hour kits, etc, when in fact, it is much much more.
  • What types of things did President Hinckley categorize as emergencies? Sickness Injury Unemployment “ The best place to have some food set aside is within our homes.” “ The best welfare program is our own welfare program.”
  • The Program is designed to break down the overwhelming task of Emergency Preparedness into manageable groups/tasks that constitute a level of certification. The Program consists of three levels of certification, each one advancing the individual or family toward greater emergency preparedness. This merit-badge style approach helps individuals and families by identifying each area of preparedness that they need to work on and prioritizing them in order of importance. The first level of certification is designed to be attainable by all members of the Stake within a reasonable amount of time. For some members, it may require more careful planning and some sacrifice, but with rare exceptions this level should be easily attainable by all members. This is also the level of certification that will be the primary focus of our Ward and Stake goals. It focuses on preparing families with the most basic disaster preparedness. It is also more family oriented, whereas levels two and three tend to have requirements that will primarily involve the parents or heads of household. The third and highest level of certification, was designed to represent a very high level of emergency and family preparedness. This level of certification is not meant to be attainable by all members of the stake within a short amount of time. Some of its requirements will require greater financial and/or professional resources, and although very important for each family, these requirements may take several years for some members to be able to achieve. Again, the purpose of this level is to represent a pinnacle of family and emergency preparedness. The second level of certification acts as a bridge between the first and third levels.
  • Emergency Preparedness Certification Program

    1. 1. Provident Living Hobble Creek Stake Emergency Preparedness Certification Program
    2. 2. Gospel Principles <ul><li>“ All things are spiritual unto the Lord” (D&C 29:34-35) </li></ul><ul><li>“ If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” </li></ul><ul><li>(D&C 38:30) </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    3. 3. What do we think of when we hear “Emergency Preparedness”? <ul><li>1. Food Storage </li></ul><ul><li>2. 72-Hour Kits </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    4. 4. Come Listen to a Prophets Voice Hobble Creek Stake President Gordon B. Hinckley, November 1998 Priesthood Session of General Conference
    5. 5. Provident Living Hobble Creek Stake <ul><ul><li>“ We encourage members world-wide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First Presidency Statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provident Living, February 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>President Thomas S. Monson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>October 2008 </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Provident Living Hobble Creek Stake
    7. 7. Preparation Brings Peace <ul><li>What types of adversity or disasters might we expect to encounter? </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake <ul><li>Financial </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loss of job or reduction in salary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Death of primary wage earner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decline in savings/investments </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disasters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extended Power Outage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Flood </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home Fire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Terrorism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pandemic </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Why don’t we Act? <ul><li>Lack of motivation? </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of knowledge or understanding? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Paralysis by Analysis” </li></ul><ul><li>Apathy? </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    9. 9. Come Listen to a Prophet’s Voice <ul><li>&quot;Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>President Ezra Taft Benson </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    10. 10. The Solution : An Emergency Preparedness Certification Program <ul><li>Merit-badge style system (we should be use to that) </li></ul><ul><li>3 Levels of Certification </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 1: Basic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 2: Intermediate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 3: Advanced </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Primary Goal : To increase family and individual emergency preparedness through a series of certifications. </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    11. 11. The Solution : An Emergency Preparedness Certification Program <ul><li>Secondary Objectives : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Overcome the misperception that Emergency Preparedness is simply food storage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overcome the “paralysis by analysis” or inertia that stops members from working on emergency preparedness. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Have a means of tracking the level of preparedness within the Stake </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Moto : “By the inch it’s a cinch, by the yard it’s hard” </li></ul><ul><li>Slogan : “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    12. 12. The Goal <ul><li>To have all member-households Level 1 certified within 6 months . </li></ul><ul><li>So what is Level 1? </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    13. 13. Level 1 Certification Hobble Creek Stake <ul><ul><li>Family Education : A family home evening to prepare family members for emergencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Family Emergency Plan : A plan for family members to follow in the case of emergencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>72 Hour Kits : Creating or updating 72 hour kits for each family member. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Storage : 3 Months of food and toiletries and one full week of water. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency Cash Fund : Cash on hand for use in case of an emergency. $50 per person. </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Things to Remember <ul><li>Involve your entire family where possible! This can be a fun and educational. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not run faster than you have strength. Steadiness/Consistency of effort is the key to success. </li></ul><ul><li>Sacrifice brings blessings: Small sacrifices in short-term luxuries and comfort, can bring strong feelings of peace and security. </li></ul><ul><li>Instill in each member of the family a desire to be individually prepared for emergency situations. Teach the importance of self-reliance. </li></ul><ul><li>“ You can only lift others if you are standing on higher ground.” </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake
    15. 15. We’re Here to Help <ul><li>Preparedness Committee Members: </li></ul>Hobble Creek Stake <ul><li>Mark Leck, Emergency Preparedness Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>K. Buckner, Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Michelle Holt, Food Storage Specialist </li></ul>Contact one of us when you get certified!
    16. 16. Be Smart : Be Certified Hobble Creek Stake
    17. 17. Hobble Creek Stake The End Certification Program and Presentation Created by: Mark Harris Leck For more information, or resources: Email [email_address] or call 801-491-8689 Special thanks to other who have contributed to this presentation, including Bill Holman.

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