©3-20-2011 by Guest Blogger, Dr. Deborah Bier
I wanted to give a very brief introduction of myself before today’s comment-a-thon. And I also want to articulate one extremely important rule through which I’d like us to frame our discussion today.
First the intro..
From 1998 to 2009, I worked with my community of Concord, Massachusetts doing emergency planning preparation and education for citizens. Our focus for the first few years was to organize neighborhoods for social cohesiveness and emergency preparedness/response within a grassroots organization.
And then the next few years training citizens for the same, but as a volunteer for my local fire department, which also was in charge of emergency management. In the process, we created some enormously inventive methods and organizations, resurrected neglected community resources, and also had a lot of fun.
And now that extremely important rule we will be looking through for today’s Q&A…
There are different reasons for doing emergency preparedness for ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our communities, and beyond. I think we can boil them down to two useful ways of looking at these reasons: we can prepare out of fear, or we can prepare out of love.
We can prepare out of fear, because we’re terrified of “the next bad thing that’s going to happen.”
Or we can prepare out of love and a desire to help make a strong recovery possible for ourselves and the community.
We can prepare because we’re terrified of death and loss, or we can prepare because we love and value life — our own, our family’s, neighbor’s, and life as expressed in all forms.
We can prepare because being frightened and talking about bad things that might happen is in some way exciting, or because we are excited to plan ways to enhance resilience and to watch its powers unfold during recovery.
And lastly, we can prepare out of fear, hiding supplies because we each have to assure we’re going to have what we need… because others will want our stuff, and we’d better be ready to defend ourselves with weapons. Or we can prepare out of love, knowing that the bonds we make in the process will develop trust, teamwork, and a shared sense of purpose and commitment.
I’m electing that in this Q&A we will be choosing the lens of preparing for emergencies out of love.
Converting all comments and questions into love-based concern and action is for me a vital part of the emergency preparedness process, because preparing minds and hearts is the most basic foundation of readiness, response and recovery.
If anyone has trouble translating questions or comments through this lens, my reply will focus on helping with that conversion.
Note: Deborah’s session was about emergency preparedness in which readers were able to ask questions about the process of preparing for an emergency in their local communities. Some of your own questions and concerns may have been answered in that session in the comment section. Or, download the transcript and information about other resources here: DBier-Emergency Preparedness Session Transcript.
About the Author: Deborah Bier, PhD is a healer, educator and writer ( http://www.greaterwellbeing.com/) living in Concord, Massachusetts (http://www.ConcordMA.com/blog). She is the director of the metrowest Boston office of Caring Companion Connections (http://www.caringcompanion.net/), an innovative home care agency for elders and the disabled. She’s the publisher and co-editor of Vibration Flower Essence Blog along with Ms. Skywriter aka Donna Cunningham.
From a U.S. government site, Ready America, is a helpful link with a list of the items that should be in a basic emergency kit: Click HERE .
If you are a flower essence user or practitioner, Vibration Magazine and Blog has a new article with links to dozens of articles about essences for crisis here: http://www.floweressencemagazine.com/blog/?p=1930
Some Self-Help Tools in a Crisis:
- Shields Up! Fight Second-hand Fear and Despair!
- EFT-Another Self-Help tool for Freedom from Fear
- Rescue Remedy—Dr. Bach’s Emergency Formula
- In a Crisis? Rescue Remedy Can Help You through It (Keep a bottle in the Go Bag or Emergency Kit!)
- Hope for Those in the Dark Night of the Soul
- Red Clover Essence–A Gentle Antidote to Mass Hysteria, by Sheryl Karas
- 10 Strategies for Killing Negative Thoughts
Art credits: these beautiful flower photos from WikiMedia Commons are not chosen at random. Each of the flowers represents a flower essence that would help in a time of crisis.