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Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Meaning of Preparedness

Many people talk about being prepared and some may even find it hard to convince others of its value. It has a value that is shared by the majority of most people. Being prepared is really quite simple when you think about its true purpose and the value it adds to your life and the lives of others around you.

Many people go through their lives everyday being prepared to one extent or another without even realizing it. Many are, in fact, quite good at preparing even though they don’t recognize it as such. They prepare in simple but effective ways to keep order and a sense of "normal" in their everyday life.

To have a true understanding of what preparedness means, it is necessary to understand what it does. The act of being prepared does one major thing for everybody no matter who they are or where they may be or what they may be doing. It allows you the ability to return your life and the life of your family to a state of “normalcy” in the fastest and most expedient manner possible, regardless of the circumstances which have disrupted your life or the life of your family.

Many people carry a spare tire in their vehicles so that in the event of a flat they can return to “normal” vehicle operation as soon as possible. The frustration of a flat tire dissipates quickly once the spare is in place and you’re back on the road, able to continue your trip and eventually arrive safely at your destination. Unfortunately, if you’re unprepared and your spare tire is flat, you will need a lot longer time to return to a state of “normal”. This is but one simple example of the value of being prepared. The worst the crisis is, the harder it will be to return to "normal" and the more you will need to be prepared.

Everyone likes normal. Normal is a natural state for most everyone. "Normal" is a good thing. With a small dose of “routine” thrown in every so often for good measure, normal is comfortable and a lot easier to live with than being unprepared and winding up in a condition where things are less than normal. "Normal" is good for your health, your well-being and your peace of mind. Many things have a tendency to disrupt those good feelings that a sense of "normal" creates in our lives. These situations should be prepared for responsibly in order to enable you to handle these disruptions in your life as quickly and efficiently as possible. Normal is something you should be prepared to maintain in your life and the life of your family as part of an everyday routine.

Preparedness means being ready to return your life and the life of your family to a state of “normal” as quickly and expediently as possible, no matter what type of crisis or emergency.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.



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