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By Denis Korn

The 10 Commandments of Preparedness

Be prepared for taking action!

1. Thou shalt acknowledge oneself for being responsible

You have made a wise and sound decision and have chosen to take responsibility for yourself and your family and to be prepared in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Be encouraged to continue this process with diligence, motivation, and discernment. Read: Beginning and Improving Preparedness Planning

2. Thou shalt have the proper attitude

Yes, attitude is a decision, and your attitude during a traumatic event or disaster is essential for survival. The proper attitude is essential, both emotional and spiritual. Your attitude determines and establishes your thoughts, mindset, and beliefs. Read: Your Attitude is Your Decision - Own it! -- The Emotional and Spiritual Components of Preparedness

3. Thou shalt embrace critical thinking

There is more to preparing for emergencies than the physical stuff you surround yourself with. Evaluating, understanding, and acknowledging all aspects of the planning process is essential for a proper and complete preparedness program. Read: Barriers to Critical Thinking

4. Thou shalt not be deceived

In my over 48 years in this industry I have not seen more "mis" and "dis" information, deliberate deceit, and blatant ignorance relating to matters of preparedness, end times prophesy, interpretation of world events, economic reality and the value and meaning of freedom. Read: Are You Being Deceived? Trust, Confusion, Critical Thinking

5. Thou shalt read and study

Continue doing research and evaluation - Write down and complete any lists, inventories, important points, insights you have received, or anything else suggested or inferred in the articles that will help in your preparedness planning - Discuss and request feedback about your plans and supplies with others, as you feel appropriate, friends, experts, suppliers. Read: The Research and Evaluation Process

6. Thou shalt answer the 12 crucial questions

Preparedness planning is fundamentally built on two principles - developing a philosophical or personal worldview while evaluating and assessing the current state of affairs - and then developing a specific plan of action based upon your reflective conclusions, needs, and the physical conditions that you anticipate can occur. Read and answer: The 12 Crucial Questions of Preparedness Planning

7. Thou shalt have the proper provisions

Use this guideline of essentials to ensure you have evaluated all the possibilities given the scenarios and circumstances for which you are preparing and provisioning. Your life may depend upon it. Read and study: The Checklist of Essentials

8. Thou shalt be resilient, self-reliant, and honest

As a society today, we are extremely vulnerable to events over which we have virtually no control. The systems created to support our basic needs are now so complex and interdependent, that a serious emergency can cause breakdowns in the supply of essential goods and services. - Denis Korn, 1989. Read: Why Prepare? -- Honesty - The Cornerstone of Effective Preparedness Planning

9. Thou shalt not forget others

Your belief in the meaning of your life will either motivate you to take responsibility and action for yourself, family, friends and community or it will cause you to do nothing, because preparedness will have no relevance. Read: Preparedness and the Meaning of Life -- Prepare the Entire Family for Emergencies

10. Thou shalt Celebrate Peace of Mind

This will be the result of your proper attitude, serious reflection, productive research, embracing responsibility, sincere service to others, conscientious action, and earnest prayer.

As the traditional 10 Commandments is the foundation for right living, let the 10 Commandments of Preparedness be a foundation for effective readiness.