The importance of being prepared for all of life's possibilities

Perry Buchanan

I was never a Boy Scout, but have come to appreciate their motto, "Be prepared." For scouts, those two powerful words represent being in a state of readiness in mind and body to perform whatever duty is necessary. In any situation, to be prepared means you are ready and physically fit to perform as need be. After Hurricane Irma a couple weeks ago and the tornado and storms we endured in January, many of us have come to realize the importance of being prepared.

Along with food storage, water, a full tank of fuel, having a backup generator and other emergency items, we were ready to handle whatever Irma had to deliver. Fortunately, for most of us this devastating storm just amounted to a day of inconvenience and yard cleanup.