Join our network of neighborhoods, churches, faith-based organizations and others who have chosen to become Lighthouse Ready®!
We encourage the building of small group communities for the purpose of motivating one another to prepare spiritually and practically to be ready to care for their households and beyond.
Lighthouse Ready® was created to educate and encourage people and organizations to take action by making viable plans of preparation for a disaster or crisis, prior to such an occurrence, in order to care for our loved ones and communities. The tsunami in Japan, large power grid outages in India, financial instability around the world, offensive cyber warfare attacks, and other situations led to the understanding that preparation is more crucial than ever.
Localized disasters in the US such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast, and others have clearly illustrated the difficulty of survival during troubled times. We began to ask ourselves what if these events moved beyond regional and realized advanced preparations would be ESSENTIAL!
Lighthouse Ready’s staff of professionals has extensive emergency, disaster, and crisis response backgrounds. Many of us have spent our entire lifetimes in pursuit of these careers.
But even with our knowledge and experience, we began to ask ourselves questions such as, “What would it take to survive 3 – 6 months without power and water?” Though unthinkable, we knew it could and possibly will happen in our lifetimes. What about our loved ones, our children, our aging parents, our grandchildren? What about our communities? What would happen to them if one of these unthinkable situations were to occur?
These questions sent us on a quest to become prepared for ourselves and for those around us.
At first glance, the marketplace was full of products that offer to meet the need. However, looking deeper into the essentials led us to understand that some of the products simply would not suffice.
Food was probably the most important and notable of all essentials. And considering the current options, the decisions were difficult. We could choose to purchase something affordable and be malnourished, or we could purchase a good product and spend multiple thousands of dollars.
Though we want to be prepared for our loved ones, spending thousands of dollars is not always a possibility. So, we considered of a better option; we would take it upon ourselves to find or create a product that was both affordable and nutritiously “life-sustaining”. We ultimately succeeded!
Then, we found water filters that were durable, reliable, and most importantly, effective at filtering even the most questionable water source. They were the very ones we were using and thoroughly tested in our disaster response work. We were one step closer to completing our quest.
Having solved the problem of nutritious, affordable food and providing clean water, it became apparent that it was not feasible for us to stock all of these products that we’d recommend so we created our Ready-Lists which lead people to the solutions that we have tested and recommend.
So, we created a plan to teach others what to look for, to show recommendations, and to allow people to decide what might be best for themselves, their families, and communities.
Our gathering called Ready Now! Preparedness Workshop was birthed. It not only instructs people on what the current threats are that could precipitate difficult times, but also educates on how to prepare and have confidence in facing the future and the unthinkable.
Then it occurred to us that not everyone would take it upon themselves to prepare for the unthinkable. If challenges were to occur, what would happen to all of the people in our communities who were not prepared?
We believe that a Lighthouse Ready® Network of organizations is THE answer. Through prayer and counsel, we must link prepared organizations within communities and around the world as places of refuge for the unprepared. BUT, like riding an airplane, if the unexpected happens, we need to place our oxygen masks on first before we can help others.
In light of the times we live in, we believe that members of faith-based organizations MUST begin immediately to prepare themselves FIRST…. and then become Lighthouse Ready to serve others!
To that end, our Mission is to assist organizations to accomplish that vision!
– An acute local event such as a fire, auto accident, or medical emergency that lasts for several hours or a day.
– An acute local or regional emergency event that leads to suffering and disruption of daily life for several days or weeks.
– A chronic state of national disaster that leads to suffering and disruption of daily life for 2, 4, 6 months or longer.