There are some hard times ahead for many of us, and we don’t know from one day to the next which of us the hard times may fall on. We don’t know if it will be tomorrow or next month or ten years from now. It doesn’t take an earthquake or other natural disaster to make a personal emergency. In our area, one of our mines is shutting down without any hint or promise of opening again, and if they do open again there is no date set for it. Of course they’ll hire their guys back if and when they re-open, but for now that leaves a lot of folks in our community without a job and with an uncertain future just in time for the holidays. Some will take one of the few other jobs in the area in hopes that the mine will open back up, but many will have to either temporarily or permanently relocate themselves with or without their families to find work.
So, with that in mind, today I just want to send a plea your way. And that is to do something. Pick up an extra can or more of food at the store. Put some water in storage. Get some extra blankets. Set some money into savings for a rainy day. Take some first aid training. Anything. You might start with the basics that will help your family through an emergency, even if that emergency is a personal one like a job loss or cut in pay. Start small if you need to, but start. Don’t just read about being prepared, get up and do something about it. Please. Those who depend on you will thank you for it.