Sunday, December 31, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignment (January 2018)



May this new year bring you an unabiding faith in our Savior Jesus Christ, answer to your prayers, love, more time with family, a desire to service others more, forgiveness, peace, happiness, joy, prosperity and all you hope it to be. 

The Ark 2018 Emergency Preparedness Goals

 This past year 2017 has been overwhelming hearing about all the natural disasters just in the United States, hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and wildfires.

This 2018 we have set goals for our Torrance California Stake and Wards. Anyone following this blog is welcome to follow our 2018 emergency preparedness goals to become better prepared. We will be working on these goals throughout 2018.
  • Each family acquire a 3-Month Supply of Food and Water (We will be working on this for 2018. See the Monthly Assignment below.)
  • Each family member have a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack (See last years monthly assignments from January 2017 to December 2017 if you have not completed yours or need to update.) 
  • Each Ward offer a First-Aid/CPR Class for its members (Information on how to set this up to following in a few weeks) 
  • Each Family have at least one items in each Emergency Supply Category (Cooking, lighting/electricity, heating, shelter, sanitation, etc.) 
  • Each individual and family become better prepared for the type of disaster in your area

First, my heart and prayers go out to all those you have lost loved ones, property and who have experienced devastation from the disasters throughout the United States.  May you find peace and comfort.
 
2017, in the United States alone, has been a year hit by devastating natural disasters and other disasters . . .

What will 2018 hold? 


 
Hurricanes:



Hurricane Harvey, category 4, hit Texas, Louisiana and Alabama causing devastation, torrential rain and record flooding for millions of people.  84 deaths.





Hurricane Irma, category 5, hit the US Virgin Islands, Cudjoe Key, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia coasts and Puerto Rico. It destroyed one quarter of the buildings in the Florida Keys. There was devastation and flooding. 95 deaths.



 
Hurricane Maria, category 4, hit Puerto Rico head-on causing devastation to the island and its infrastructure, flooding and mudslides. Many areas are still without the necessities of clean drinking water, power, shelter and food. As of today they only have 50% of their power restored. Authorities say it will takes months, maybe years to rebuild and resources to return. It also hit Dominica and the Bahamas. 38 deaths.



Tornadoes:



Southern States were hit by 79 tornadoes across the Gulf States and South Carolina causing devastation and 24 deaths.




 



Central/Southeast States where 70 tornadoes swept across causing widespread damage and 6 deaths.





  


Midwest where 11 states sustained damage and 2 deaths. 






Floods:


 Northern and Central California where heave rains caused massive damage from floods, mudslides and erosion. 5 deaths

 

California Oroville Dam spillway causing 180,000 residents to evacuate immediately when it was damage, fear of massive flooding.

 
Missouri/Arkansas where rainfall breached levees and caused disastrous flooding along rivers in Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and other states. 20 deaths.

  


 Wildfires:

Northern California where 210,000 acres burned destroying thousands of homes, business, and forcing evacuation in the state's wine region. 42 deaths.




Southern/Central California where many homes and business were lost. One firefighter lost his life and others. Burned for days, weeks from Ventura to Santa Barbara.




 

 Oregon where 1,069 wildfires burned over 450,000 acres. The fires were mostly along the coast making it hard to travel the 101 highway and smoke traveling past the Interstate 5 making it hard to breath.







Montana where 48 wildfires burnt 1 million acres. Farmlands were damaged and homes. In California we hardly heard about these devastating wildfires. 





(From USA Today article, Natural Disasters 2017, October 2017)



With all that has happened this past 2017 what can we expect in 2018? Are you ready?  Are you prepared for what may come your way? 

What will happen if a 7.8+ earthquake hits California?

I think we have no clue as to how much devastation the major earthquake will cause. Watch the video below to see what can happen and if you are ready . . .




Will you be ready when "The Big One" hits, or whatever natural disasters you have in your area?
The postings on the right side of this blog and the monthly post and assignments will help you be better prepared. Once the disaster is upon you it is too late! We need to be ready for the aftermath.

January Monthly Assignments


3-Month Food Storage . . .

Many years ago members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-days Saints were admonished to store a years supply of food, mainly the basics: wheat, oats, beans, rice, honey, powdered milk, salt. A few years ago the church realized this was overwhelming for many members and the First Presidency announced that each house hold should first work on getting a 3-months supply of commercially canned (and home canned) and packed foods, foods their family eat on a daily basis. This year we are going to work on our 3-months supply of food (and water) storage. 

Assignment: This month keep track of everything you as an individual or family eats in a 2-4 week period. Most families eat the same thing within a 2 week period. Attached below you will see a chart for each week to print and put on your refrigerator. Each time you eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks write down the items. Once you have done this write down the ingredients for each meal and dish you make, include all ingredients in the dish, including seasonings and spices. Also, include when ever you eat out. This will give you a basis of what your family eats in 2 weeks. You can do it for 4 weeks to get a better list. Once you have done this start adding those items to your food storage. You can start adding canned and packaged items to your food storage before you finish this assignment.

First work towards a 2 week food supply, then a month, then 2-months, 3-months. You will be amazed how fast it will accumulate by adding extra cans and packages of food each time you go grocery shopping. Especially pay close attention to sales items. Then you can buy more. Keep an inventory of what you have. If you have already started your 3-month food storage, take inventory of what you have and continue to add until you reach your goal.

YOU CAN DO IT!




DO NOT PURCHASE DAMAGED OR DENTED CANS OR PACKAGES!  

WARNING: Watch purchasing food from discounts stores like The 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, etc. They are usually selling items that will expire very shortly, a waste of your money. You are looking for longer term storage, 2-5 years.

ONLY STORE WHAT YOUR FAMILY WILL EAT! Do not waste your money on buying something just because it is on sale, full well knowing your family will not eat it. 

Where to store your commercially canned and packaged food storage . . .



Be creative. This is the time of year when we tend to clean out closets and reorganize. One idea is to move linens to a drawer and use the linen closet for your commercially canned and packaged foods. Under the bed storage containers also work well. Living/family room side lamp table and coffee tables should be purchased allowing storage space. You will probably have your food storage in various places throughout the house. In your inventory keep a record of where they are stored.  If you can keep from it, DO NOT STORE YOUR FOOD IN THE GARAGE OR ATTIC, it is too hot. If you must store in your garage, store along the wall attached to the house. (See under "Postings", Food Storage, on the right for more storage ideas.)

How to store: Store in a cool, dry, dark place, under 70 degrees if possible. The cooler the storage place the longer the food will last.  The warmer the shelf life diminishes faster.  You can eat  commercially canned and packages foods past their expiration dates as long as they are not dented or the lids are bubbled. The food nutrition value diminishes over time after the expiration date. 

ROTATION, ROTATION, ROTATION is the main rule of food storage. When you purchase new cans or packages of food replace them with ones in your food storage that will expire soon.  

Do not worry about long term food storage at this point. First acquire your 3-Months Food Storage. Once you have done that then start adding long term freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. 

A promise from Heavenly Father . . .

"And thus we see that the commandments of God must be fulfilled. And if it so be that the children of men keep the commandments of God he doth nourish them, and strengthen them, and provide means whereby they can accomplish the thing which he has commanded them; . . . " (1 Nephi 17:3)

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he had denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (1Timothy 5:8)

In other words, it is our responsibility alone to provide for our own, our family, it is a commandment from Heavenly Father. And, if we do Heavenly Father will provide a way when we keep his commandments.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Winter Emergency Car Kit  . . .

Now that winter is upon us each house hold car should have a Winter Emergency Car Kit. 
 


Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit in their car. In an emergency, it could save your life and the lives of your passengers. Here is what you need:
  • a shovel
  • windshield scraper and small broom
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • battery powered radio
  • water
  • snack food including energy bars
  • raisins and mini candy bars
  • matches and small candles
  • extra hats, socks and mittens
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Necessary medications
  • blankets or sleeping bag
  • tow chain or rope
  • road salt, sand, or cat litter for traction
  • booster cables
  • emergency flares and reflectors
  • fluorescent distress flag and whistle to attract attention
  • Cell phone adapter to plug into lighter
  • bag of cat liter (when put behind a tire stuck in the snow, gives you traction to get out)

(From Ready Wisconsin, Wisconsin Emergency Management Team)

Great item to add to your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack  . . .


My son gave this to me for Christmas, I love it. It is a mini camping stove that you attach to a fuel canister.

You can purchase them on amazon.com, One for about $12, 2 for about $18.  It comes in a case. A great gift idea. You need to purchase the fuel canister separately from Walmart or any store that has a camping section. 

Apology: I apologize with this posting. My coding is off and hope to have the issue resolved before my next posting. I felt it important to get this out now. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (December 2017)

Merry Christmas 


May you find time with family, loved ones, joy, peace and love at this Christmas season. May you remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ, and time to reflect on His birth. May Christmas also be a magical time for you and your family and to carrying on those feelings of joy, love, serving and giving with you throughout the coming new year.

"Light the World" 



With all the turmoil in the world today, with all the natural disasters we have faced, with the terrorism throughout the world, through all the sadness and sorrow, may we find a way daily to lift those in need, to encourage, to love unconditionally as our Heavenly Father loves us, to serve each other as our Savior Jesus Christ taught throughout his ministry and time on the earth. May we each bring peace, love, caring and understanding to all those around us and throughout the world.  Go to lds.org each day to see the new video for the day.


 Torrance Stake and The Ark
2018 New Year's Goals

  • Each family acquire on a 3-Month Supply of Food and Water (See next month's January 2018 posting for the assignment)
  • Each family member have a 72 Individual Emergency Backpack (See last years monthly assignments from January 2017 to December 2017 if you have not completed yours.)
  • Each Ward complete a First-Aid/CPR class (Information to following in a few weeks)

  • Each family have at least one item in each Emergency Supply Category (Cooking, lighting/electricity, heating, sanitation, shelter) 

 We will be working on these items throughout 2018.


December Monthly Assignment

Emergency Preparedness . . .
          72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                 Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Congratulations! If you have been following the monthly assignment since January 2017 you should have completed each house hold member's Food Kit (including water), Hygiene Kit and Stressor Kit. If you have not completed them go back to January 2017 and scroll through the postings through October 2017.  

Now we will work on adding the last items that should be in each family member's backpack:

Note: Last week we added a change of clothing. This needs checked periodically because our sizes changes over time.

Add the following each week:

1st Week: Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle. One for each family member's Backpack. These bottles filter out 99.9999% of  bacteria and contamination. Each filter filters 100 gallons of water. You can purchase them at store.lds.org  for $16.50 (comes with 1 filter) or $20.50 (comes with 2 filters). Shipping $3 no matter how much you order. Click here for the link. Note: You could have one
filtration bottle for each adult in the family so you can filter water for each family member, or each family member can have their own in case you are separated. I fill you will need more water that what is in the food kit.









2nd Week: Camping Mess Kit--One for each family member's backpack. I found them at Big 5 Sporting Goods store for $10. Check in other department stores such as Walmart, Target, etc. in their camping section. Amazon has them too. Prices vary.








3rd Week: Quick Fire Starter Packets/Pouches(2) and Water Proof Matches--You should have at least 2 pouches per family member's backpack. Starts fires instantly, can burn on water and snow, burns about 15-20 minutes. You can purchase them from emergencyessentials.com for $6.95 (12 pouches) and $12.95 for 25 pouches. Click here for the link.  You can also purchase the water proof matches through them about $3. 

 
 



4th Week:Camping Eating Utensils Kit or a metal fork, knife and spoon in a plastic zip lock bag. One set for each family member's backpack. You can purchase the camping eating utensils kits at most sporting goods stores and department stores in their camping section. Big 5 Sporting Goods store has them for about $5.



 
Note: These items make great Christmas gifts.  

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Christmas gift ideas  . . .


Emergency preparedness items for the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Your family may not appreciate them at the time, but when the need comes, they will be happy they have them.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you next year!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (November 2017)

Claims after a disaster, Document, 
                       Document, Document  . . . 


The most important thing you can do after a disaster when filing a claim is to document, document, document and cross all your "t" and dot all your "i". Why do I say this? Having worked as an insurance agent for a major company for several years this is one thing I have learned. Recently I also read an article in the South Bay Daily Breeze regarding people in various parts of the country who suffered from natural disasters, but because they did not document well enough, their claims were denied or appealed. Yikes! All because they did not document enough or correctly? Yep!

Here are some tips to help you if you experience a natural disaster or some other type of accident (car accident or home fire, etc.).

1. Know what your insurance policies cover and do not cover. Read your insurance policies carefully. If you do not understand what they are saying, sit down with your insurance agent, ask questions and make any adjustments that need made.

2. Most people in the United States do not realize their homeowners policy does not cover flood, mudslides or earthquakes. Those are separate policies. Flood Insurance comes from the National Flood Insurance. Earthquake Insurance comes from your current homeowners insurance company or possibly your state earthquake insurance. Home insurance includes, renters, homeowner condo, homes and rental dwelling property. Businesses are covered under a commercial policy.

3. Most home insurance policies only cover up to a certain amount on personal items like jewelry, computers, sports equipment, art work, etc.. You may need a Personal Articles Policy if they are over your current policy coverage limits.

4. Before a disaster happens, take photos and videos inside your house. Take photos of all your belongs, even open closet doors and drawers to take photos. Keep an inventory of all your personal possessions. Take photos of things like crown moldings, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, etc. Any thing that would need replacing back to its original condition. Keep copies of receipts for upgrades and remodeling. Keep copies of the photos, videos, inventory and receipts in your home, a safe deposit box, and at a family member or friend's home who lives out of state. If you have cash registered receipts, make copies of them, they fade over time.

5. After a disaster happens, call your insurance agent as soon as possible to file a claim.

6. Document, document, document all conversations with dates, time called, who you spoke with and what you and they said. Keep a note book. Note: It is against the law to record a phone conversation without some one's permission. Save all email and text correspondence. Personal experience: Our daughter was in a car accident at the beginning of the year where there were injuries to her and her 2 children. Having a mother who worked in the insurance industry I told her to document all conversations, emails and text. Because she did this they received a good settlement.

FEMA and insurance companies have denied claims due to unsatisfactory documentation. FEMA has been known to ask for money back if the claim is not documented to their satisfaction. (dailybreeze.com, Sunday, October 15, 2017. "FEMA rejects $1.2B in appeals", by David A. Lieb and Ryan J. Foley, the Associated Press) Make sure you are covered when a disaster or accident happens to you. It only takes a few minutes to document things that are important to you.

Nancy Cuppett
Emergency Preparedness Specialist


November Monthly Assignments
 
Emergency Preparedness . . .
          72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                 Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Congratulations! If you have been following the monthly assignment since January 2017 you should have completed each house hold member's Food Kit (including water), Hygiene Kit and Stressor Kit. If you have not completed them go back to January 2017 and scroll through the postings through October 2017.  

Now we will work on adding other items that should be in each family member's backpack:

Note: Last week we added a change of clothing. This needs checked periodically because our sizes changes over time.

Add the following each week:

1st Week: Small LED flashlight with extra batteries. I found these at the 99 Cent Store or other discount stores. Keep in a side pocket for easy access. Keep the extra batteries in a separate small zip lock bag and check periodically to make sure they are alright. 





2nd Week: Copies of all insurances (medical, car, homeowners, etc.), copies of ID cards (driver's license, student ID cards), copy of passport, list of medications the family member takes, list of allergies. Keep in a small zip lock bag. You can put these in your Stressor Kit or someplace in the backpack (maybe safety pinned inside). You may need to shrink them down to fit on one page.

 

3rd Week: Pocket knife or multi-purpose tool:  Age appropriate. Keep inside the backpack or a side pocket. emergencyessentials.com has them for about $6-$7. Click here to order.


 
4th Week: Para-cord bracelet: I have seen these for about $5. Find a Boy Scout and he may be able to make you one. Keep in the backpack or a side pocket. Or, you can purchase some para-cord by itself. Para-cord is a strong light weight cord that can be used for many things. emergencyessentials.com has the cord for $5.00. Click here to order.


Note: These are great items and next months are great Christmas stocking stuffers. 

December items to add just in case you want to get an early start:

1) Seychelle Filter Water Bottle--can be purchased at store.lds.org for about $20.
2) Mess kit--can be purchased at most department and sporting goods stores in their camping section.
3) Eating utensil set--can be purchased at most department or sporting goods stores in their camping section. 
4) Firestarter--great product that starts instantly. Go to emergencyessentials.com to order. $2 a pouch. Each backpack should have 1-2. 

These 8 items finishes our 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

The Seventy2 Emergency Backpack Kits  as seen on 
                            Shark Tank . . .


I saw these on Shark Tank last month. Personally I would not purchase them. Then are too expensive, $350-$370. I think you are more paying for the fancy pack the emergency supplies come in. Plus there is not enough food and water to sustain for 3 days.

It would be a lot less expensive to purchase the items individually and set up your own personal 72 Hours Emergency Preparedness Backpacks. Most of these items can be purchased in discount stores, emergencyessentials.com, other online companies and other retail stores.

Since January we have been working on the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, including the Food Kit, Hygiene Kit and Stressor kit. Ours provides much more for a lesser cost. Be wise, be smart!

Why store ingredients for your food storage?

1. A readily available source of food
2. Insurance for the next economic crisis
3. Peace of mind knowing you are provided for, no matter what
(emergencyessentials.com blog)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (October 2017)

So much to say this month, so much happening . . .

Where can I find peace and inspiration? 
                                   By watching or listening to . . .
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
187th Semiannual General Conference
Saturday, September 30th , 9:00am and 1:00 pm  (PST)
General Priesthood Session 5:00pm (PST)
Sunday, October 1st, 9:00am and 1:00pm (PST)

(You can watch conference at your local Stake Center, on the BYU channel on your location cable or satellite channel or go to lds.org and click on listen to conference.)


The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
and other General Authorities and General Offices of the Church will 
deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.
Do not miss out on being spiritually prepared, comforted, uplifted and inspired!

So grateful  . . . 

When disasters strike, no matter where they are, human kindness emerges! We forget our differences, our dislikes, our prejudices, the Light of Christ shines through each of us. Thank you to all those who have helped with the hurricane and earthquake disaster victims and other disaster situations around the world. Thank you for coming together and being one. Thank you for your human kindness and forgetting about your differences, dislikes and prejudices. May we each strive for this human kindness each day, May we each remember we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. 

President Thomas S. Monson (President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) teaches us, ". . . Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior's example by being kind, loving, and charitable. And as we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home." 

Are you ready for the aftermath? 


So many times we talk about being prepared, but why are we doing this? We are preparing for what comes after the disaster. Yes, we need to prepare before so we have the supplies we will need during the disasters, like plywood to board up windows during a hurricane and flashlights when we loose our electricity, etc.. But what about afterwords, what will we need?

I have been listening to many news reports after the hurricanes hit Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Porto Rico and the other Islands and the earthquakes hit Mexico. What do they all have in common?  There is no food, no drinking water, no electricity, no natural gas, no sanitation, no cell phone reception, stores are closed or destroyed, no gas stations open, etc. We need to prepare for the aftermath. First responders and rescuers may take hours, days, weeks to get to us. Why not have food, drinking water, flashlights with extra batteries, emergency sanitation and ways to cook ready before the disaster the strikes? What about medical supplies for those injured? Trying to get these supplies after the disaster is almost impossible if not impossible due to lack of supplies and being able to get to them.

We are told in the scriptures, "If ye are prepared, ye have no need to fear". In Doctrine and Covenants, Section 136: 5, as the Saints were departing Nauvoo, Illinois to the West they were told to prepare, "Let each company provide themselves with all the teams, wagons, provisions, clothing, and other necessities (food, etc.) for the journey, that they can". In verse 27 they were admonished to "be a wise steward". We are admonished by our church leaders and local authorities to prepare in our day with our 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, food, drinking water, and emergency and medical supplies for what ever may come our way and to be wise stewards.

Do not become complacent once the disasters have passed, now is the time to prepare for what may happen in the future. Why not start now?

Lessons from a Sacrament talk  . . .


A few weeks ago in our Sacrament Meeting our Stake Young Men's Presidency First Counselor shared some interesting thoughts about what he had learned from serving a full time mission. I would like to apply to emergency preparedness.

1) Obedience: If we are obedient to the scriptures, teachings and admonishes of our church leaders and local authorities regarding being prepared we will be blessed. (See Doctrine and Covenants 82:10)

2) Prayer: Though prayer we can receive inspiration as how to prepare and what we need for ourselves and our families. Through inspiration from the Holy Ghost we will be protected and guided.

3) Organization: When our lives and households are organized we have no need to fear. (Doctrine and Covenants 90:18)

4) Seek the Spirit: The Holy Ghost will protect us and guide us when danger is close. He will inspire us what we need to do to provide for our ourselves and our family. (Galatians 5:22-23,25)

5) Share: Share the importance of being prepared with your extended family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Share this blog website with them. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:81)

  October Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
          72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                 Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?

 
The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster. 

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.
  
Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . .

 
1st Week: Book of Mormon or Bible. Add a softcover Book of Mormon (or Bible) to your Stressor Kit. You can purchase these from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints local Temple Distribution Center or go to store.lds.org. Book of Mormon, softcover regular size is $3.00, pocket size is $4.00. Bible, softcover regular size is $8.85. Shipping no matter how much you order, $3.00.

 
 


2nd Week: $3-$5 in change and $1 bills in a zip lock bag. You want change because if you need to buy something they will say they do not have change for a $1-$5 bill.





3rd Week: Small bottle of consecrated oil. If you are a Melchizedek Priesthood holder who can give Priesthood Blessings you should have this in your Stressor Kit, or if you are an adult member of your household you should also have this so someone without the consecrated oil holding the Melchizedek Priesthood can give you or your family member a Priesthood Blessing. 




4th Week: Set of clothing. Should include long pants, long selves shirt, under wear/garments, a couple of pairs of socks, hat, sweater or light jacket, sturdy shoes. Some people only keep an extra set of underwear/garments and a couple of pairs of socks in their Backpacks. We tie our shoes and sweater/jacket to the outside of the Backpack. The hat can also be fastened to the outside of the  Backpack. Check these items 1-2 times a year, especially for children, our sizes change. For winter time you might want to include some warm gloves. Don't forget the diapers for the young ones.


Note: Next month we will be done with our 72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpacks. Only a few more items to add. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Auto Emergency Car Kit . . .


Every car in your household should have an Auto Emergency Car Kit. (Click on the link to see the list of items.) Emergencyessentials.com also has some great ones. I like creating my own. If you will be traveling during the Winter where there is snow, keep a bag of cat liter in your trunk. If you become stuck, pour some just behind the tire, it will give you traction to get out. In place of the regular flares we have battery operated emergency flares. Click here how to order, they are about $7.50 each. When not in use keep the batteries in a separate zip lock bag.  Keep yourself and your family safe at all times.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (September 2017)



First . . . Our hearts go out to the people in Texas and Louisiana who are currently facing the many difficulties of  Hurricane Harvey. Our prayers and support are with you all. May Heavenly Father watch over you, your loved ones and your homes. May you find peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Thank you to all the first responders and volunteers who are risking their lives to rescue and save the lives of others. You are our heroes!

Lots to say this month . . .


 
Your Own First Responder . . .


About ago week the Spirit said to me, "You will be your own first responder in a disaster situation". I have been pondering on this message for several days. Little did I know at the time that the hurricane in Houston, Texas and Louisiana would prove this message. As I have watched the hurricane events unfold on the TV news stations I can see how this message is true. It may take hours, days, weeks before first responsers or help can arrive, especially if roads are blocked.

One story I listened to was a man, not a first responder as we think of, out in his boat, as many have been doing, to see who he could help. He saw a woman on her front porch with the water up to the porch. He asked if she needed rescued. Her response, "I have called 911 and am waiting for them". His responded back to her, "They are not coming, I am it. Do you want to come with me?"

In disaster situations like this we will be "our own first responders" and our neighbors. We will probably be alone and need to handle things ourselves and help our neighbors the best we can. There will be no first responders, no firemen, no police officers and no medical help. We will most likely be on our own. How well will you be able to take care of yourself, your family and help your neighbors? How prepared are you? 

In another report I heard the news caster say there is no electricity, very little communication, no sanitation, no drinking water, no food, no shelter for many and no one on the way to help. You are on your own!

We individually need to be prepared for what every disaster or emergency situation may come our way. We need to be prepared to be our own first responders.   

Helping children cope with disasters . . .

As parents we try to protect our children from witnessing terrible things. I love how the beloved Mr. Rogers' mother helped him. Such a good idea  . . .


New School Year . . . New Beginning 


Each new school year for our children and grandchildren is a new beginning. A new time to prepared and learn. We are like these children, it is a time for us to prepare and learn. We need to be prepared for all the types of disasters that can effect us where we live. We need to store food, drinking water, emergency electricity in the way of flashlights and lanterns, etc., a way for sanitation, some type of shelter to protect us from the elements. This is a new school year, a new beginning. This is a new beginning for us, a time to prepare. Why not start now?

Come, Come Ye Saints 


The Mormon Pioneers sang this beloved hymn as they where forced from their homes and crossed the plains to Utah. Our world is in turmoil. I find great comfort and peace in these words . . .

Come, come ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
"Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive:
Do  this, and joy your heart's will swell--
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
"Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins: fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell--
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid,
There the Saints will be blessed.
We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell--
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too,
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest to obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell--
All is well! All is well!

Text by William Clayton

September Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
72 Hour Individual Emergency 
          Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?

The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster. 

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.
  
Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . .

 
1st Week: Copies of all your insurances (health, auto, homeowners, etc.) and ID's (driver's license, state ID, social security card, etc.) (shrink the insurance down so everything can fit on one page or write down the policy numbers and name of insurance)




2nd Week: A list of family name and phone numbers in each Stressor Kit.





 
3rd Week: Favorite reading book (soft cover, age appropriate, not the scriptures, adding them later)


 


4th Week: Small travel size board game or playing cards (different one for each family member's kit so you have a variety to play) 







Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

Important Warnings . . .

When ever there is a disaster I listen to the news reports on CNN and Fox News for information that might help me help you when and if a disaster hits you. It may be a different type of disaster like an earthquake, tsunami, flooding, hurricane, tornado, etc.. But the warnings are basically the same.

1) Evacuate: When officials, be it local or federal, say "EVACUATE", EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY! When you do not you are likely to put yourself, your family and the rescuers in harms way. Be smart! No material things are worth your life or the life of others. It is important to have 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for each family house hold member ready at all times. Also to keep important papers and documents together. It is a good idea to make copies of all insurance and important papers/documents you might need and put them in your 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks. Also, have a map, or maps of your local street areas. You many need to find alternate routes to be to a safe place.

2) Standing Water: When you see standing water, DO NOT CROSS IT! You do not know the depth of the water, the condition under neath the water, if there are live electrical wires somewhere electrocuting the water, or other dangers. Water is powerful and can have strong under currents you cannot see. Stay safe and keep others safe. Do not take the risk!

3) Lighting: Every house hold should have good working flashlights with extra batteries at all times. You never know when you might need them. I heard many people in the Texas Hurricane Harvey say they had no flashlights, they could not see the rising water and the dangers they were in during the night.

4) Insurance Coverage: Know what your homeowners, renters and auto insurance cover. Homeowners and renters do not cover flooding, a separate policy. Earthquake is also a separate insurance policy.

5) Food and Drinking Water: Good to keep extra cans and packaged food items on hand. A friend of mine's son is trapped on the second floor of his apartment in Louisiana with no food. You also may need a way to cook it or eat it cold.

6) The Holy Ghost: Pay attention to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and follow them immediately. It could save your life and others.

7) Car Gas Tank: Always keep your car gas tanks at least half full. It will probably give you enough gas to evacuate to a safe place. 

8) Cars after flooded: Never, never, never drive a car that has been under water. It damages the electrically system and could cause a fire if you started it or tried to drive it. 

Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Prepared Ahead of Time, Do Not Take Risks, 
Listen to the Promptings of the Spirit!