When one’s life or a loved one’s life is in danger it is best to have a strategy in mind to repel or avoid that danger. When you live, like we do, in fairly scattered groups it would make sense for us to gather together to make contingency plans against an intruder or disaster of some kind. Many of us have made such plans, but very few of us have practiced them or even remember there is a plan when an actual emergency arises. It’s not fun to think of negative possibilities, but it’s even less fun to be unprepared. The majority of us don’t go to stock up food or water unless the weather forecasters are predicting a storm already on the way. We don’t check the batteries in flashlights or even have flashlights until we’re warned of a power outage. Perhaps we put off basic preparation for unpleasant things because we believe they won’t happen to us or are in denial, but the vast majority of us do put it off – and sometimes castigate those caught unprepared in other areas. We do not want to live as if there were a sword or an eagle hanging over our heads, but it does make sense to be prepared to acknowledge that dire possibilities exist and to map out provisions for addressing them if they do happen to happen to us. Once we feel we’ve made a plan that will keep us from panicking and spinning our wheels we can revert to daily living and the comfort of our own routines and lives. As with the boy scouts, shouldn’t we all be prepared?