April : It's National Preparedness Month
As natural disasters and terrorist incidents increase in frequency and intensity, it is concerning to think how complacent we can get. At times, we may find ourselves postponing our preparation for some future, more urgent time, when we feel we are more likely to be affected.
I feel the recent Brussels attack really hit home for many who previously felt somewhat removed from what was happening in other places, besides their own backyard. During the attacks a couple of missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints were among the numerous individuals who were injured, while several individuals lost their lives that day. We were reminded that we are all vulnerable, but not alone during such difficult times (See video of Elder Wells' survival experience below).
How many of us in the United States can actually say that we are ready for an experience similar to that of Elder Wells? Luckily, we are not alone in our preparedness efforts. There are various organizations and resources in our community that are helping our citizens be more prepared. Participation in the National PrepareAthon on National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity for individuals and organizations to further recognize the importance of being prepared. To participate this month or in the near future, all we need to do is choose an activity, formulate a plan, and carry it out. Not as hard as us procrastinators make it out to be :).