Is your 3-day Watchtower Emergency Kit all ready?

by FatFreek 2005 28 Replies latest jw experiences

  • FatFreek 2005
    FatFreek 2005

    What's up? Have I missed something by not browsing each and every posting here?

    Up till very recently, my two sons (one a JW and one, a non-JW) lived in the same community. The never-baptized son decided to move to a different U.S. State and within a few miles of my home – I'm a DF'd person as of 33 years ago. As the JW son was helping him pack things into the rental truck, they proceeded to have a bizarre conversation.

    NonJW: In a way, I'm looking forward to the move where I'll be able to share with Dad in family get-togethers including holidays. You're my only family here but don't celebrate holidays. When ya'll did get together, I was excluded.

    JW: Because you're not a JW – you're not one of us. But hey – your move is probably just as well anyway since you and I will be out of touch in the very near future.

    NonJW (realizing he's talking about the Great Trib): Say what? You mean if ya'll sense some kind of pending disaster you're not going to alert and invite your own brother to a safe refuge? (NonJW sensed a judgmental anger from JW)

    JW: You won't even know where we've gone and we won't be able to communicate back to you. Remember, M..., you're not one of Jehovah's Witnesses. This whole thing won't last more than 3 days and we're already stocked up for it – an “emergency kit” we've been asked to prepare, water, medical supplies, etc.

    The conversation ended abruptly as nonJW began with more penetrating questions and JW decided that he had divulged enough.


  • cofty

    Very interesting. There have been other mentions of something similar on the board but nothing in print as far as I know.

  • baltar447

    I bet it's people taking the emergency preparedness suggestions and think it's about the "great trib"

    Everyone likes to try and attach some wonderful message behind every fart out of the GB. It's sad really.

  • LostGeneration

    WTF? Three days is it huh? Never heard anything like that before.

    When I was a kid, a few old timers speculated we would quickly return to the days of Israel, with good old MANNA being provided until survivors could get the food chain organized.

  • blondie

    Whatever his reason, these emergency packs arose out of Hurricane Katrina (2005) and how many congregations lost track of their members and how little the elders knew about them, addresses, phone numbers, and more importantly contact information. No emergency packs even for 1975, 1984, 1994, 2000.

    *** km 5/08 p. 3 Announcements ***Bodies of elders should review the July 6, 2006, letter regarding disaster preparedness and ensure that they have up-to-date contact information for each publisher. In disaster-prone areas, additional emergency contact information should be obtained. Of course, in addition to emergency situations, it is helpful when publishers communicate with their Congregation Book Study overseer or another elder if they will be away for extended periods, such as when traveling on vacation or business, during a hospital stay, and so forth.

    *** km 1/07 p. 4 Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster? ***

    1 Each year, millions of people around the world, including many of our brothers and sisters, are affected by earthquakes, tsunamis, monsoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Since natural disasters occur unexpectedly and could affect any of us, it is the course of wisdom to be prepared.—Prov. 21:5.

    2 In Advance: Sometimes the authorities are able to warn of impending disasters. It is important to pay attention to those warnings. (Prov. 22:3) In such situations the elders will try to contact all in the congregation to help them to make necessary preparations. After a disaster, the elders will also endeavor to contact all who are associated with the congregation to see if they are safe and to discern what assistance may be needed. Valuable time can be lost if the elders do not have up-to-date contact information. So it is good for publishers to keep the secretary and their book study overseer informed of their current address and telephone number(s).

    3 If the congregation is located in a disaster-prone area, the elders may ask publishers to provide the name and telephone number of a relative or friend who does not live in the vicinity and who should be contacted in case of an emergency. This will enable the elders to locate those who have evacuated. The elders may also wish to develop a contingency plan for the congregation that includes such things as a simple checklist of emergency supplies to keep on hand, evacuation arrangements, and plans for assisting those with special needs. Cooperation with these loving arrangements is important.—Heb. 13:17.

    4 After a Disaster: What should you do if a disaster strikes in your area? Make sure that your family’s immediate physical needs are cared for. As you are able, give necessary assistance to others who have been affected. Endeavor to contact your book study overseer or another elder as soon as possible. This should be done even if you are safe and do not need help. If you need assistance, be assured that your brothers are making every effort to help you. (1 Cor. 13:4, 7) Remember that Jehovah is aware of your situation; rely on him to sustain you. (Ps. 37:39; 62:8) Be alert to opportunities to provide spiritual and emotional support to others. (2 Cor. 1:3, 4) Resume your theocratic routine as soon as possible.—Matt. 6:33.

    5 While the threat of disaster causes the world much anxiety, we can look to the future with confidence. Soon all disasters will be a thing of the past. (Rev. 21:4) In the meantime, we can take reasonable steps to prepare for times of trouble and difficulties as we maintain our zeal in declaring the good news to others.

  • cantleave

    Does that pack include clean underwear?

  • uk_ex_jw

    I thought the Bible states that nobody knows the time or the hour - it will come as a thief in the night.

    No offence Len, but your JW son seems arrogant and full of his own importance, a typical JW.

    I remember when I went through a life-changing trauma about 5-6 years ago - I was still a JW at the time and the only people I had for support was my 'worldly' work colleagues and friends. Because I stopped attending meetings for a while, due to the nature of the problem, and the fact that JW's were involved in turning my life upside down (I won't elaborate here - but it was horrific), I was ostracised and eventually cut off.

    The same will happen with your Son. Something will happen one day and he will realise that no-one is there for him, and he'll be glad to turn to you and his Brother.

  • cofty

    Remember that Jehovah is aware of your situation

    How very comforting.

  • designs

    Tent, surfboard, case of power-pack bars ok

  • cantleave


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