The prophetic call in our day for members of the Church (and all people, really) to maintain food storage and be prepared for emergencies is sounding wiser all the time. The Church offers information about food storage and emergency preparedness at its Provident Living site. In addition to the great reasons offered there for this inspired program, let me also point out that modern terrorism offers another motivation. There is real risk that serious terrorist attacks may happen in this and many other countries. If a major hub of the economy were disrupted, many thousands of jobs could be lost. In fact, that’s happening already, thanks to outsourcing and the heavy tax burdens imposed on our nation and a host of other factors. A year’s supply of food and healthy savings are needed more than ever in today’s job market, even without the threat of terrorist attacks making everything worse.
But we must not ignore the terror threat. With our porous borders, it is a trivial matter to walk into the country carrying weapons of terror. One former US official is warning people to prepare diligently now for the possibility of a very serious attack, calling upon us to have reserves of food and water, for example. I would like to think that it could never happen here and not worry. But even if such attacks do not materialize, there are plenty of other reasons to heed the prophetic counsel for our day. Build up a reserve of food, water, clothing, and some savings. Live providently and be ready for the troubled times that may be ahead.
Thank goodness we have living prophets in our day to bless us with inspired counsel. I don’t think you’ll regret heading this particular piece of advice, regardless of what you think about Latter-day Saints in general.