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Emergency Preparedness FHE Lesson – Preparing for Natural Disasters

This emergency preparedness FHE lesson helps families and groups prepare for a natural disaster and learn important gospel principles behind preparation. 

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Scripture

Matthew 24:7

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

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Hymn

How Firm a Foundation | Hymn #85

1. How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?

2. In ev’ry condition—in sickness, in health,
In poverty’s vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea—
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.

3. Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

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Lesson

FOR CHILDREN

Read aloud: Sometimes, the world makes dramatic changes. When these changes happen, natural disasters can occur. This includes earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires. All of these can be pretty scary, especially when we hear about them on the news.

Today, we want to talk about what our family can do if a natural disaster happens near us.

Ask: What are some things you think we should have ready if a natural disaster comes?

Read aloud: We love these things! They can help us be more prepared. Jesus Christ has taught us that if we are prepared, we won’t be as afraid. We will prepare by talking about what disasters are most likely to happen near us, where our emergency kits are located, and where we can go if we get lost or separated.

Spend the rest of the lesson walking through your preparedness plan for a natural disaster. Use the following steps. Depending on your child’s age, you can involve them in creating the plan or get the outline ahead of time and simply go over it.

  1. Identify disasters most likely to occur in your area.
  2. Gather critical information, such as phone numbers, names, and addresses.
  3. Identify safe places to go if your house becomes dangerous.
  4. Discuss safety measures they can take in a specific emergency.
  5. Have emergency kits and gear on hand and ready to use.

Ask: How does following Jesus Christ help us feel safe in a scary world?

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.

FOR TEENS & ADULTS

Begin the lesson by watching the following video. Ask everyone to think about what this video teaches us about being prepared and reacting to natural disasters.

Ask: What does this video teach us about preparing for and reacting to natural disasters?

Read aloud: In the last days, the Lord predicted the world would literally be in turmoil. We see on the news that many suffer around the world due to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, and more.

Wherever we are in the world, we need to be ready to face the possibility of a disaster or emergency. Prophets have repeatedly counseled us to discuss the potential disasters that may come our way and what we can do to be ready for them.

Ask: Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? What was it like and what did you learn about emergency preparedness from it?

Read aloud: If we are prepared, we can face these troubling times with peace. This is a promise given to us by Jesus Christ. Loss and destruction may still come. We may still feel fear. However, we can feel stronger when we have taken the time to physically and spiritually prepare.

Ask: What are some ways we can physically prepare for a natural disaster? What are some ways we can spiritually prepare?

Give everyone time to review the five steps, found in the children’s lesson. If in a family setting, go over it together. If in a church or group setting, have everyone think about their specific situation. Invite everyone to make a goal on what step they want to work on.

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony.

FOR SINGLE STUDY

Review the five steps found in this lesson and make a game plan for what you can do to be more prepared in a natural disaster or emergency.

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FHE TreatTreat

Dehydrated Fruits

Ingredients: 

Fruit of your choice
Lemon juice
Honey

Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 200F.
    2. Rinse fruit and remove all parts of the fruit you do not wish to dehydrate.
    3. Slice fruit to desired thinness. The thinner it is, the faster it will dry.
    4. Place fruit on a parchment-lined baking tray. Do not overlap.
    5. Coat fruits like apples with lemon juice and honey mixture to prevent discoloration.
    6. Place in the oven for one hour. Flip fruit and continue for another hour. Flip again and dehydrate for one more hour, for a total of three hours.

 

FHE Game / ActivityActivity

72 Hour Kit Making or Emergency Training

Make or go through your existing 72-hour kits. If your kits are done, consider practicing an emergency escape plan from the house or learn an emergency skill.

 

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About Aleah Ingram

Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a social media manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and is addicted to organic milk, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.
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