Learn from Past Presidents about the Importance of Preparedness

Presidents Day is February 20, and while it’s historically a day to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, it’s also an occasion to remember all of our presidents and their contributions to the United States. It’s a perfect time to reflect on the wisdom our past leaders have shared throughout the years about the importance of being prepared, whether it’s practicing to address Congress, prepping troops for battle or simply taking time to do research before making a decision. Below are a few quotes that remind us about the importance of preparedness, with everyday takeaways we can use:

  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” —Abraham Lincoln
    It’s important to have the proper preparedness tools for whatever may come your way, and the easiest way to do that is to stock a Ready kit of various supplies, which should include a NOAA weather radio, copies of important documents and bottles of water, among other items.
  • “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” —John F. Kennedy
    While it’s tempting to delay prepping your home for severe weather, you’re putting you and your loved ones at risk. Before a tornado, thunderstorm or hurricane have the opportunity to strike, take the proper precautions, which include covering windows with plywood, placing valuables in waterproof containers and filling your gas tank in case you need to evacuate.
  • “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” —Dwight D. Eisenhower
    When severe weather strikes, you often have little time to react. That’s why it’s crucial to sit down and discuss what your family communication plan is now, so that you have protocol in place before inclement weather strikes. Deciding on a list of emergency contacts, choosing a neighborhood meeting place and establishing an out-of-town contact will all empower family members to act in the event of an emergency, even if they do not have a copy of the plan with them.
  • “Those who trust to chance must abide by the results of chance.”–Calvin Coolidge
    If your preparedness mantra is to hope that something bad won’t happen, there’s always a chance that something will To stay informed on the threats to your area, tune in to the weather channel, use your NOAA weather radio and use your Ready Georgia mobile app to stay abreast on traffic and weather threats.

In the spirit of their advice, take a look at the resources available on our website to make sure you are prepared. You can be informed on the weather threats Georgia experiences, make a communications plan and find out how to build a Ready kit of supplies. In addition, find out how to download the award-winning, recently upgraded Ready Georgia mobile app, which hosts a number of preparedness features at the touch of a fingertip.