Synonyms to be prepared

stand by, abut, abut on, adjoin, advocate, around, aye, back, back up, be contiguous, be in contact, be ready, border, border on, butt, champion, clasp, cling to, conjoin, connect, defend, flank, follow close upon, get behind, get in behind, go with, guard, guard against, hang about, hover over, huddle, hug, hug the shore, join, keep close to, lie by, march with, neighbor, protect, run interference for, safeguard, screen, second, secure, shield, side with, stand back of, stand behind, stand ready, stay inshore, stay near, stick by, stick up for, tailgate, take sides with, verge upon