How Prepared Are We As a Nation?

  This past week I had an opportunity to attend a government conference on emergency preparedness in Atlanta, Georgia. In attendance were many local emergency response planners from across the US, as well as officials from the CDC, FEMA and other government organizations. I talked to many people and got some great insights into how prepared we are as a nation, both good and bad. Here’s what I took away from this event… GREAT PEOPLE. I was very impressed with the people I met. We have to be grateful to the highly qualified, committed people who are working in this field. They take their jobs seriously, are well trained, and are more than willing to support other areas around the country as needed. HUGE AND COMPLICATED. As a small business owner, I sometimes forget how huge our country is. Keeping the country prepared and ready for an emergency is a massively complex job; the number of government departments involved, software programs, product stockpiles, distribution challenges and tens of thousands of people. OUR GREATEST STRENGTH. We have a number of things that contribute to the preparedness of our country, from the great people, to the excellent training programs and even our
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The Spiritual Side of Being Prepared

I woke up this morning inspired to write to you about something that I feel is very important; the spiritual side of being prepared. There is no doubt that we live in a rapidly changing world. Chaos seems to be increasing and stability seems to be an illusion. It appears inevitable that some bad events are just around the corner. Is there going to be war, terrorism, disease outbreaks or natural disasters in the near future? I don’t know, nor does anyone (except God) know. I know that there are a lot of scared people, and if something does happen there will be MANY more scared, even panicked people. So what will you do? What is the right thing to do? FIRST, BE PREPARED. This is a value that generations before us have embraced. Remember the fable of the ant and the grasshopper? The gist of the story is that the ant works hard to keep his house in order and to prepare for the coming winter by stocking up on food. The grasshopper laughs at the ant’s work ethic and spends his time playing. When winter comes, the ant has plenty of food through the winter while the grasshopper
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