Thinking through what to do in case of emergency, former procrastinators, is one thing we prefer not to deal with but helps equip us when we do. Thinking ahead enables us to think more clearly if or when emergency times come.
General Dwight Eisenhower said, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything.” (He credited an anonymous soldier.) As Supreme Commander of Allied Forces Europe who planned and executed the D-Day invasion in World War II, he certainly knew.
Plans may not hold up once battle is engaged. Yet the planning process prepares us to better meet the challenge. We explore possibilities, gain knowledge, weigh options, consider outcomes ahead of time. Planning exercises our brains, imaginations, hearts to prepare us to deal with the unknowns we could face. That makes planning very worthwhile.
That’s what Joseph did in Egypt. “The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” Proverbs 22:3 urges us to look ahead and prepare. Doing this, Joseph helped many people.
One way we can plan for emergency and equip ourselves is by assembling a “Go Bag” and having it ready in advance. A Go Bag is a prepared collection of items we need in case of emergency evacuation – documents, first aid kit, food, water, medicine, pet gear, etc. It can include a list of things to do before leaving home.
Two helpful sites are www.ready.gov/kit and www.lifehacker.com/how-to-pack-an-evacuation-go-bag-1819669582. You can also type “go bag” into your search engine and find a variety of helps you can tailor to your situation.
Friends have experienced the fact that fire, hurricanes, etc. require many folks to leave home immediately. Emotionally, nobody wants to do that. Being ready physically lifts a load and gains us valuable time. Planning and packing a Go Bag in advance equips us to leave quickly and still take essentials with us.
Think you’ll never need a go bag? That’s just it. Emergencies are unexpected.
When will you schedule a planning session and begin packing a Go Bag?