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Flashlights, jugs of bottled water, a first aid kit, and ready-to-eat meal packs line the White’s living room floor. The family isn’t going camping—they’re preparing for disaster by putting together a “go bag.”
Kevin and Breanna White never used to worry about natural disasters in their Milwaukee, Wisconsin home but after the hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires of 2021, they don’t want to leave anything to chance.
Preparing in advance with a disaster-ready kit has helped families nationwide through extreme and abnormal weather events, which experts warn are on the rise.
“Having a personal preparedness plan increases your chances of staying safe,” according to a training program from the Columbia University’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness.
“Life is precious, so we encourage all to heed the Bible’s advice to take practical steps to protect ourselves from danger,” said Robert Hendriks III, spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States.
Go bags also have proven useful in the opposite circumstances as “stay bags.”
Disaster-preparedness suggestions and tips for putting together a go bag are available from FEMA at ready.gov and from Jehovah’s Witnesses at https://www.jw.org/en/library/magazines/awake-no5-2017-october/disaster-steps-that-can-save-lives/