Challenging Times
Meeting the Challenge of Emergency or Disaster

 When unexpected disaster or emergency strikes, we must be prepared to meet the challenge with decisiveness and strength of character. These articles, books, and handouts are tools to prepare us for just such challenging times.

One of life’s unwieldy challenges is the loss of a job or sudden change in financial status. The foresight to have savings and liquid assets at the ready is invaluable in the face of such misfortune. A willingness to accept this challenge with determination and forthrightness is imperative to timely discovery of an acceptable solution.

File for download: 
"Taking Charge in Challenging Times"
TakingChargeInChallengingTimes.pdf (1.74 MB) 54 pages
Download HERE or HERE 

“Sometimes unforeseen events in life challenge us. They may include unemployment, downsizing, a disability, natural disasters, divorce, or widowhood. Regardless of the reason, you need to take charge during these challenging times.”

What will you do when a tornado levels half your neighborhood or flash flood snatches your car into a torrent? Having a well-considered disaster plan may save you precious moments when calamity strikes. 

File for download:
 “How to Prepare for Any Disaster”
Guidebook.pdf (full color) (1.33 MB) 46 pages
Guidebook-bw.pdf (black & white) (113 KB)
Download HERE or HERE (color) or HERE (b/w)

“Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step to getting ready for any disaster.”

“Step 1 - Know How to Prepare (Learning and Understanding the Preparedness Process)”
“This book will help you understand the importance of making preparations before anything happens, and help you know what to do and how to act before, during and after a disaster.”

“Step 2 - Have the Necessities Ready”
“You may have many of these items already. After reading this book, you should have a pretty good idea about what you will need.”

Forethought may yield a communications plan and predetermined meeting plans that will ensure the safety of your family in the unforeseen event of terrorism. A calm demeanor and clear-headedness are essential to safety in the midst of crisis.

File for download:
“Terrorism—Preparing for the Unexpected”
TerrorismPrepared.pdf (1.76 MB) 8 pages
Download HERE or HERE

“Devastating acts, such as the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, have left many concerned about the possibility of future incidents in the United States and their potential impact. They have raised uncertainty about what might happen next, increasing stress levels. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to prepare for the unexpected and reduce the stress that you may feel now and later should another emergency arise. Taking preparatory action can reassure you and your children that you can exert a measure of control even in the face of such events.”

During and immediately following a crisis, a basic knowledge of psychological first aid measures may help you to evaluate and respond appropriately to perplexing behavior exhibited by victims and their loved ones.

File for download:
"Helping People in Times of Crisis"
HelpInCrisis.pdf (77.9 KB) 4 pages
Download HERE or HERE

“This guide was developed to equip caring professionals with a road map for providing “psychological first aid” and has been helpful to those of us engaged in “first response” counseling here in Jonesboro. However, it is general enough in its description that it can be applied to a variety of traumatic situations (e.g., natural disasters, accidental death, murder, etc.).”

First aid, wellness, and assessment of illness or injury are topics of considered interest to families. These concerns are covered in the following ebook by Michael B. Jacobs, M.D.

File for download:
“Taking Care: Self-Care for You and Your Family”
TakingCare.pdf (3.76 MB) 385 pages
Download HERE or HERE

Don’t let the challenging times we live in blindside you, catching you unprepared. Catastrophe may plummet down on us at any moment; but the wise person who has considered the possibility of disaster with decisive prudence will be a step ahead of disaster.


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