Emergency Preparedness – Combat Multipliers.
In combat some weapons, equipment or personnel prove to be exponential in their power to effect results on the battlefield. Their contribution or absence proves to be key to the outcome.
Today’s battles, even with very high tech communications equipment, sometimes require the surest means for message traffic — hand and arm signals.
Deacons are critical to command functions that Bishops shoulder. As messengers for the Bishop they can be a means of communication if they prepare to fill that Aaronic Priesthood role. DC 20:59 specifically says they are “to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.”
In case of emergencies, however, they need to additionally be self-sustaining. Scouting, as the activity arm of the priesthood, teaches emergency preparedness skills through merit badge requirements. A 72-hour kit is one of the requirements in case the Deacon is called upon as a first responder for the Bishop.
The next few weeks’ articles will focus on the essentials of first responder kits (72 hour kits). Parents, assist your young men to prepare to fulfill their important priesthood role, and then do likewise for all family members. Your emergency preparedness specialist (name and phone number) can help.
CATCH THE VISION, GET FACTS, DEVELOP SKILLS, AND BE PREPARED.