There is a story (with many minor versions) all over the Internet that sums up my family preparedness goal well and simply. It goes something like this…

Once, there was a farmer who was advertising for a farm hand. Weeks and moths went by with no response until one day a skinny kid applied for the job. Not expecting much from him, the farmer asked what his qualifications were.

“I can sleep when the wind blows,” was all that the youth would answer. The farmer was confused by this, but needed the help and hired the kid anyway.

One night, a terrible storm blew in with lots of thunder and lightning, wind and rain. The farmer woke with a start, threw his clothes on and ran to wake his farmhand.

“There’s a bad storm! Get up, we need to get everything under cover!” the farmer cried. The farmhand’s response? “Don’t worry. I can sleep when the wind blows.”

This infuriated the farmer, who was tempted to fire the hand on the spot, but he had other concerns at the moment. He rushed outside to check on his livestock…

And they were all secure in the barn. The cows were dry, warm, and happy and the chickens were clucking sleepily in their coop.

The farmer was surprised, but didn’t think anything of it as he ran to get his farm equipment out of the rain…

Only to discover that it was already in the barn, dry and secure. This also surprised the farmer, but he still had to check on his hay…

Which was also secure. It dawned on the farmer what the boy meant when he said that he could sleep when the wind blows. By taking care of things when times were good, there was no need to panic and scramble around when the times were bad.

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That last sentence wraps the message of the story up neatly. By planning ahead when things are going well, you can be calmer and more secure when times are bad. My goal, with all of this emergency and disaster preparedness talk, is to be able to sleep when the proverbial wind blows.