Do you have a plan in place in the case of an emergency? If there is an immediate threat to your life,
health, property or environment, are you ready?
I’ve thought about this a lot lately with all the media hype about the most recent environmental
threat. With the deaths, widespread sickness, quarantines, the lack of necessary items at the grocery
store, travel alerts, etc., I wonder, am I prepared? Am I ready for when disaster strikes me and my
I can’t say that it’s a new thing to hear that I need to be prepared for such things. Since I was a young
girl, I was taught that we need to be prepared physically and spiritually for whatever the future holds
for us. I was taught by many great leaders that “The great blessing of being prepared gives us freedom
from fear.” That I needed to prepare to be self-reliant in times of personal and widespread
As I experience more and more of life, I’ve learned that being prepared isn’t about hoping and good
intentions. It’s about action. I can’t expect someone else to take care of me and my family in times of
need or emergency. I need to create my own emergency plan and have faith that it will all work out
after I’ve done my part.
Everyone’s emergency plans will be different, but I want to share mine. This plan has helped me in
times of crisis and given me the clarity I needed when I might have feared the most.
My Top 5 Emergency Plan:
1. Avoid debt and live within my means. If I avoid debt and spend far less than I make, I will be in a
better position to help myself and others during times of personal and widespread crisis. This allows
me to maintain control of my money and my circumstances.
2. Gain an education. In an ever-changing world, we must prepare for uncertainties. This means gaining
an education and then continuing to increase our knowledge and skill base. This allows me to support
myself and my family and stay current on technology and what’s going on in the world.
3. Keep a reserve of food and supplies. Put together a 72-hour kit that includes clothing, a blanket,
water, first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, cash and food to last for 3 days. This is perfect if you have to
leave unexpectedly in an emergency. For a longer period of time, I’ve stored a supply of food, drinking
water, emergency health supply kit (referred to below), financial reserves and important documents. I
also have on hand a list of important phone numbers.
4. Emergency Health Kit. I list this separately because I’ve spent quite a bit of time and effort preparing
this kit. Because most over-the-counter and prescription drugs have an expiration date, as well as side
effects, I’ve invested in essential oils, an all-natural approach to health and wellness. Now, I realize that
medication is sometimes necessary, but for long term storage and immediate use, I turn to essential
oils. They have become my go-to when I need a little help emotionally or physically. Each oil is great for many different reasons, but here are my top reasons to use oils…skin irritations, insect bites/stings,
digestive issues, seasonal threats, minor burns, pain and tension, anxious feelings, germs, repel insects,
respiratory support, muscle aches, immune support, cleansing and detox.
Although I’ve spent time researching specific oils that I want in my kit, doTERRA has made it easy for all
families to have a similar kit in their home. It’s easy to use, simple and convenient. Two of the most
popular kits are the Healthy Essentials Kit and the doTERRA Touch Kit. The oils are safe, pure and
effective and perfect to use for your entire family. They will give you peace of mind knowing that you
can take care of them in times of crisis. It can’t get any easier than that to prepare for your family’s
health! I use the kit every day for me and my family, and I know it will continue to bless our lives as it
also serves as our emergency health kit.
5. Prayer and Study. Without a doubt, spiritual preparedness is a necessity. It’s what will help keep us
calm during times of crisis. Having a close relationship with God helps bring me hope, more patience
and better understanding in times of tragedy and crisis.
As I have experienced death of a loved one, illnesses, financial distress, and now the most recent
environmental threat, I glean on my past experiences to see how I get through this emergency
successfully, calmly and smoothly. Continuing to prepare by having this Emergency Plan, gives me my
strength in times of crisis and tragedy.
How will you prepare?