Doctor Prepper interviews Clayton Whitson and his wife Maria, authors of Preparedness Foundations—Nine Lessons to A Basics Lifestyle of Disaster Preparedness.
On their website at AlphaCities.org, they provide disaster preparedness training for churches to create a network of believers during a natural or man-caused crisis.
They began about 3 years ago on their family preparedness efforts, and realized their community and their church were not engaged in preparing in an organized manner. Recognizing there were more than 700 churches/congregations in their town of Tulsa OK, they recognized the strength of their numbers if they could be trained to give help when the need arose.
They put their teaching degrees, their training experience and their desire to provide preparedness education into the creation of their book, Preparedness Foundations,” to guide others in the basics of planning, preparing, and providing more capability in their families, neighborhood, and the community because it is becoming more evident the federal government cannot deal effectively with natural disasters causing widespread broad infrastructure failures.
Clayton is available to discuss with any group the opportunity to establish a 9-week course of instruction. He and his wife will meet with you on weekends to teach the class and develop their ability to organize a basic preparedness foundation for their families through these areas of instruction:
- 1. Introduction for why, when, where, which, and how––they assume you know the who…
- 2. Supplies––for home and for the road
- 3. Paper trail—proper documentation for legal and medical purposes
- 4. Water–– the substance of life
- 5. Food––acquisition, storage, and preparedness
- 6. Lights Out!––developing alternative power resources
- 7. Security––creating a safe place
- 8. Communication––can you hear me now?
- 9. Evacuation––know when to go
Plus, all the forms and documents you need to organize your family preparedness plan.
One of the most important things the class will learn is that the responsibility of the parent(s) to protect and provide for the family. You cannot count on the government—whether local, community, city, region, state, or federal to be immediately available to care for you when a natural or man-caused disaster occurs. Inasmuch as the impact(s) of natural and man-made disasters are so cataclysmic to defy quick-fixes, each of us will be responsible for our family’s safety and security until those With their “Preparedness Foundations –– Course Workbook” as a guideline for in-class training and with true “home work” assignments, the class will grow from a cold start, and develop skills and abilities as they progress situations are under control.
You’ll learn the Four Levels of Readiness…
The premise of living a preparedness lifestyle is being ready to assist others in the midst of disaster. God uses disasters all throughout Scriptures and while we could argue about the ‘why,’ the more important question is: ‘how’ are we going to respond? Either way your theology plays out, our response is the same: pray and respond.
- To the degree we are prepared, will be the degree we will be able to respond; and
- The degree to which we respond, will be the degree of impact.
1. Individual / Family.
This is the first step of making sure you are living a preparedness lifestyle starts at home. You must make sure your family is safe before you can effectively respond to disaster.
Every disaster is a local disaster. If there is an extended area of disaster and emergency crews are delayed, most likely your neighbors will be the first groups of people to check on your neighborhood. In this training, we show you how to pull small sections of your neighborhood together to develop your neighborhood plan.
Historically, the Church has been a place of refuge. Today is no different and is proving to be even more critical in today’s response to disasters. Does your church have a corporate plan to respond to disaster? In this training, we will provide you with organizational structure and suggested best practices to design a disaster plan for your church. The next step is to build a network of local churches to respond in an organized, effective manner.
In our cities, the two greatest influencing groups are often the local government and the Body of Christ. The fourth level of disaster preparedness is to begin working with your local government leaders to establish a support role to the first responders. In any disaster, pre-established relationships, organization and proper training are critical to ensure a well organized response to any disaster.
The ultimate purpose of this course workbook is to help members of the class to connect meaningfully with other like-minded people who have faith in their church, their community, and their church group and undertake to establish a network of resourceful, trained individuals who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to assist others in their time of need.
James Talmage Stevens, Host
James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.