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Before it snows, certain fir trees retract their branches so that the weight of the snow they will have to bear will be reduced. This withdrawal response is programmed into their branches. God has enabled these trees to anticipate the problem before it occurs, thereby reducing the risk that they will break in a storm.

Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster can have lasting effects, both to people and property. If a disaster occurs in your area, disaster-relief organizations will try to help, but you need to be ready as well because local responders may not be able to get to you immediately.

You need to prepare yourself for a potential storm that may occur in your life. None of us can avoid problems and crises, but we can prepare for the arrival of unexpected events. Here are several things to consider:

  1. Start an Emergency Fund. You should have 6 to 9 months’ worth of expenses saved in your emergency fund for things like car repairs, home repairs, medical expenses, etc.
  2. Check your insurance to make sure that you have what you need to cover you and your family for major medical expenses or disaster such as flood insurance and possible fire damage.
  3. Plan for Natural Disasters. With the advent of climate change, there has been an increase in the occurrence of natural disasters. None of us know when one may occur in our area. So, stock up on the necessities, such as water, canned food, etc.
  4. Make a list of all the potential events that could happen. Determine how much each would cost you and what your action plan would be if it occurred. If you had to leave your home, is there a relative or friend you could stay with?
  5. If you have a budget, review it and minimize things that aren’t necessary in a time of crises. It is critical that you should start today examining your budget.

Finally, you cannot avoid natural disasters, but you can prepare for their arrival. Being prepared for unforeseen events can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Everyone should know what to do in the event of a disaster and where to go for help. Don’t forget to share your plan with your children. So Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

By Dr. Walter Ghosten