Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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

"If you do what you have always done, 
      you will get what you have always gotten!"


The other day I heard this old saying. I love old sayings, they are so true!  I started this blog July 1, 2010, 7 years ago, to help others become better prepared and to teach them the easiest way I know how, step by step. We are told in Isaiah 28:10 (KJV), "For precept, must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little:" What great advise from our Heavenly Father. There is no need to feel overwhelmed with starting your food storage and emergency preparedness. Just start, one thing at a time, 1 can or package of food at a time.

If you started following the monthly assignments on this blog in January you would have started your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for each family member in your house hold. You would have already completed the Food Kit for each family member and now be working on the Hygiene Kit. Each week I have given you an assignment to add to the Food Kits and currently the Hygiene Kit. If you have not started then start now. "If you do what you have always done (procrastinate), you will get what you always gotten (not being prepared)". "Do not cry over split milk", but start today. Change how you do things so you can get better things, like being prepared for whatever may come your way. Having peace of mind knowing you are prepared and are striving. Heavenly Father will bless you.

Did you know it is a commandment from God to be prepared and our responsibility to take care of our own families? In 1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV) we read, "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel (unfaithful, unbeliever in the gospel of Jesus Christ)." It is no one else responsibility, not our church, not our local or federal government, no one else but ours.

We all need change, we all need to be better prepared!

  June Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene 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. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 

The Hygiene Kit . . . 


The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.


For June add the following . . .




1) Deodorant (only for those who need it)


2) Baby wipes (small container, found at 99 Cent and Discount Stores)







3) Respirator masks (3):I found these at Walmart for about $12.99, 20 in a pack.






4) Roll of toilet paper







Emergency Preparedness Ideas
 


Family Emergency Notebook . . .

Every family should have a Home and Food Emergency Preparedness Notebook. In it will be dividers for Food Storage, Emergency Supplies, Recipes (ways to use your food storage, especially your long term), etc. You create and add what is relevant to your family.

Food Storage Inventory Chart . . .

Click on the link below and you will see a long term and short term food storage chart I created. It will help you keep track of what you have and what you need, how much you have of each item listed and when it will expire. You can also add in where it is stored in your house. Print out the document, inventory your food storage and keep it in your Home and Family notebook. It is best to inventory your food storage every 3 months, to see what needs to be used soon, what needs to be replaced and where you need to add items. You can add items you use that are not on the chart.

You will be amazed at how much your have, where you need to improve and a reminder of what you need. 

It is good to keep track and have a chart of your emergency supplies too.

Long Term and Short Term Food Storage Chart

Great time to purchase camping equipment . . .

This is the time of year you can find great sale prices on camping equipment, like tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns, etc. Big 5 in our area has some great sales. The end of the summer season is a great time too. Watch for sales in your area, check out the sporting goods stores and big box stores. In an emergency situation you might need shelter, why not prepare for that now!

 
Next posting, July 2nd.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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

Power in Preparedness!


This month I am going to take a quote from Emergency Essentials . . .

"Disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Likewise, so should your emergency preparations. You see, the more options you have available, the more power you have over disasters and emergencies. There is power that comes with preparedness, . . .

"Think about it. What do you do everyday? If you're like most people, these activities include: (I have added a few others.)

  • Eating/food
  • Drinking water
  • Cooking
  • Turning on lights
  • Bathing
  • Washing your hair
  • Sanitation
  • Sleeping safely and warm
  • Heating
  • Medical emergencies
  • Using your cell phone
  • And so much more!
Other things that can happen . . .
  • Evacuations
  • Sheltering in place
"During disasters and emergencies, each of the generic, every day things you do can be taken from you in an instant. That is, if you're not prepared. Counter life's unexpected twists and turns by preparing ahead. Food, storage, water barrels, power sources, alternative cooking methods, food storage, 73 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks (items added) and options for shelter are just some of the ways you can prepare for the future.

"You can't always choose the outcome of life's unexpected events, but you can choose how you'll fare during the aftermath. Power up today for the events of tomorrow."

(Emergency Essentials Catalog, May 2017 issue)

May Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene 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. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 


The Hygiene Kit . . . 


The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.

For May add the following . . .
 
1. Small bar of soap or bottle of liquid soup: Place in a small zip lock baggie with a small wash cloth. 








2. Small bottle of hand lotion 



 




3. Small bottle of hand sanitizer





4. Heavy work gloves: You will need these to protect your hands while working or moving objects. I found these at the 99 Cent store. 





Note: You can purchase all these items at a discount store like The 99 Cent Store, the Dollar Tree, Dollar General, etc.  

Food Storage . . .


 
Some basic rules of food storage :  

  • Only purchase what your family will eat
  • Try to purchase items while on sale, that way you can purchase more
  • Start with a 3-Month supply of commercially canned and packaged foods first, only what you will eat.
  • After you have your 3-Month supply start purchasing long term food storage.
  • When purchasing long term food storage (freeze-dried or dehydrated #10 cans or buckets) do not purchase them in a group of items (a 6 month or year supply). You will find you probably do not eat some of the items in the group offers. Check out what is in them before purchasing them. Sometimes they are called Basic Year Supply or Deluxe Year Supply.
  • Purchase only single long term items. Usually you can purchase 6 #10 cans of the same product for less money or as a group (12 #10 cans). Go in with a friend or two to purchase the group offer. It will save you money. Emergency Essentials offers these.
  • Watch the expiration dates on the long term food storage. Most are 20-25 years if stored properly. Some are 10 years depending on the type of food. Ask so you know. Write the expiration year on the cans and buckets. 
  • Watch the expiration dates on commercially canned and packaged items too. They are usually good for 2-3 years. You can eat them after the expiration date only if the can is not bubbled or dented, but the nutritional value goes down after the expiration date. 
  • Store all food, whether commercially canned or packaged or long term storage in a cool, dry, dark place, below 70 degrees if possible. The better the storage conditions the longer it will last. Never store in your garage or attic, it is too hot. 
  • Do not purchase long term sugar. Purchase in your normal grocery store package. Sugar last indefinitely. It will harden but you can break it up. I keep 2 5# bags in an extra large zip lock bag to keep water or moisture from it. 
  • Only store honey in bottles, not cans. They can rust and damage the honey. Turn the honey upside down every 6 months. If it crystallizes you can heat it up to liquefy it again. Place the bottle in a pot with boil water until liquefies. Costco has a great price on 5 pounds of honey in plastic bottles.
  • Rotation, Rotation, Rotation! The secret to any successful food storage plan. Continually rotate your commercially canned, packaged, frozen and long term food storage as needed. Replace the item as soon as it used. 
  • Keep a log of what you have, where it is kept and when it will expire. Review the log every 2-3 months. Use and/or replace as needed.  
  • Be creative in finding places throughout your house to store your food storage. 
Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

7 Ways to Upgrade Your Tent . . .

1


Build a fire that feeds itself for 14 hours  . . . 

 

Comments and Questions: Please share your comments and questions below. We love hearing form you. Thanks for sharing. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monhtly Assigmments (Week of April 2nd)



The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
187th Annual General Conference
Saturday, April 1st,  9:00am (PST), 1:00pm (PST)
Saturday, April 1st, Priesthood Session, 5:00pm (PST)
Sunday, April 2nd, 9:00am (PST), 1:00pm (PST) 
The BYU TV channel or on your computer at lds.org

Come listen to a Prophets voice, his Apostles and 
General Authorities
Be filled with the Spirit, receive answers to your prayers and become spiritually prepared.  



It took Noah almost 100 years to 
                                       build the ark . . .

According to Genesis 5 and 6 it took Noah almost 100 years to build the ark. In Genesis 41-43 we read about Pharaoh's Dream and Joseph. They prepared for 7 years. Many mocked Noah and Joseph for preparing something the people could not vision or imagine. The skies were blue, everything was great. Then the rain and flood came. Then the 7 years of drought and hunger came. Our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) have admonished its members for years and years to be prepared with extra food, water, emergency supplies, to get out of debt and have a rainy-day savings. Our local and federal governments also admonish us to prepare. Do we allow others to mock us or say we are foolish for preparing for something we cannot see in the future or may never happen?

I would rather be prepared and not need it than need it and not be prepared!  Imagine if there was a disaster or you lost your job or your health deteriorated where you could not work, your children said they are hunger and you have no food to feed them or money to purchase the food because you did not prepare. How would you feel? There are many reasons we might need our emergency food storage and emergency supplies. It takes time to build your ark, or your emergency preparedness food and supplies. Why not start right now, no more procrastination? 

This blog is meant to help you become better prepared for such events in your life, in your family's life. Be better prepared!  


New April Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene 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. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 

The Hygiene Kit . . . 


The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.

For April add the following . . .

 
1st Week: Water-less Shampoo--Small bottle. You will want to have water-less shampoo so you do not use your valuable drinking water to wash your hair. In a disaster or emergency situation having clean hair will make the situation more tolerable per a woman who went through something like this. When someone in my family has been in the hospital I save the water-less shampoo they give them for my 72 Hygiene Kit. You can also purchase this at places like Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. About $5.00.



2nd Week: Tooth Paste--Small tube, age appropriate and their favorite kind. Take out of the box and place in a small zip lock bag to avoid leakage. 

    
               
3rd Week: Tooth Brush--Age appropriate.


 
4th Week: Small Comb or Brush




Here is the complete list if you want to complete your 72 Hour Individual Hygiene Kit now. 

1. water-less shampoo
2. tooth paste, small tube, age appropriate
3. tooth brush, age appropriate
4. small comb or brush
5. small bar of soap in a small baggie or small bottle of liquid soap with a small wash cloth
6. small bottle of hand lotion
7. hand sanitizer
8. heavy work gloves
9. deodorant (only for those that need it)
10. small container of baby wipes (found this at the 99 Cent Store)
11. respirator masks
12. roll of toilet paper
13. feminine hygiene items or diapers for the baby
14. medical gloves, several pair
15. prescription medications and/or vitamins in a weekly pill box
16. sun screen
Optional:
1. 2-3 disposable shavers, for men
2. basic makeup, for women, good to feel pretty
 
Emergency Preparedness Ideas

13 Ways a Sun/Solar Oven Saves You Money While Being Prepared . . . 

Check our this great video on different ways your can use your sun/solar oven. Did you know you can cook a turkey in it, did you know your can dehydrate fruits and vegetables with it? Click here to watch the video (1 hour and 15 minutes, but well worth the watch)

  
Some great ideas and information from the Emergency Essentials Blog . . . 





The Emergency Essentials Blog has many more great ideas and tips on emergency preparedness and food storage, check them out here.

Great things to know . . .

How many of us have important documents to shred and chemical waste to dispose?

For those in the South Bay area--

The Shredding Place
1926 Del Amo Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
310-212-5266
Call ahead for an appointment, 9am-5pm. Up to 60 pounds $15. Watch as they shred your documents. They also take care of hard drives and other electronic devices for a fee.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Services
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
800-988-6942
Saturday and Sundays only, 9am-3pm
Old paints, car fluids (oils, anti-freeze etc,), electronic equipment, no refrigerators, stoves, or appliances. Call to see what they will take. Do not get out of your car, they will remove everything. Free. Limited electronics. 

Check your local areas for these types of disposal places. 

Comments and Questions: Please share you comments or questions below or email me at theark.carsonward@gmail.com. Thank you for your comments and questions. 

Next positing April 30th

Friday, March 3, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of March 5th)

Communication After a Disaster


After a major disaster most communications are shut down due to down power/telephone lines, down cell towers and circuit over loads. After the E5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri USA our daughter said it was hard to get through on the land line and cell phone, at times it was impossible. As community and church leaders got together they realized the only communication they had was to send out runners to check on various areas and to report back the damages, injuries and needs.  Church leaders realized the only communication they had was to rely on the Holy Ghost to guide them. They meet by lanterns and candle light, and prayed for inspiration as how to help the people. Answers to prayers came.

What can we do to help with communication once a major disaster hits our area?





1) First, stay off the land lines and cell phones. Only use your phones to report very serious injuries or those who are trapped and need immediate assistance. When every one gets on the phones it over loads the circuits and no one can get through. Keep the lines open for emergency responders.



2) Sometimes texting will work if the cell phone does not. Try texting rather than making a call.
Keep the lines free for emergency calls.




 
3) If possible, have some other way of communicating. In our church there are members who are licensed Ham Operators and can communicate through that method. If you can, take a Ham Operating course, get your license and purchase a Ham radio. Even your children can learn how to operator the radio in an emergency situation.

 


4) Always stay close to the Spirit so you can receive inspiration for yourself, your family and
your loved ones. The Spirit will guide as what to do and not do. Listen and follow.




 

5) If you have to leave your home or your car, leave a note on the front door or your car as to where you are going, who in the family is with you, the condition of each person. 


 
6) Each family member should have an out of state contact person, name and phone number. Sometimes you can reach some one out of state before you can reach some one near by. The Bishop of  a church realized he could reach a Bishop in another state. He had that Bishop contact his members. When a disaster hits, each family member should text that out of state contact person where you are, your condition and where you are going or if you are staying where you are and where that is. Each family member should have this name and number in their wallet, purse or backpack. Teach your children how to text them or call them.

7) Keep a working radio with extra batteries near by. If the electricity is down you can find out what is going on in your area and what local leaders are telling you do in case of a major disaster or civil unrest. Follow their instruction, stay sheltered in place if possible and being told to evacuate. The radio in this picture is a great one. It can run off of batteries or solar. It also has a hand crank. You can find them at emergencyessentials.com or other stores.


 March Monthly Assignments


Emergency Preparedness . . . 
  
72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                  Preparedness Backpacks . . . Food Kit




 In January we started the Food Kit for our 72 Hour Individual Backpacks. If you have not started yet, go back to January and February and complete those items.   
 
Note: If you already have your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for each house hold member you might want to review the Food Kit to see if any items need rotated or replaced. The rule is if you keep your backpacks in your car the food needs to be rotated/replaced every 6 months due to heat. If in the house at about 70 degrees rotate/replace the food once a year.

Important: If you are purchasing your food items from a discount store, check the expiration dates. You want them to last for at least a year. Discount stores often sell products that are about to expire. 

72 Hour Food Individual Kit Menu:

It is the same menu for each day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Day 1, 2, and 3

Breakfast: Oatmeal (instant), Raisins (small box), Hot cocoa (instant)

Lunch: Peanut Butter Crackers, Fruit Cup, Trail Mix

Dinner: Soup (and instant kind like Chicken Noodle), Granola Bar, Fruit Drink Mix

Snacks: Fruit Snacks, Gum, Hard Candy, Beef Jerky

Water: 2 Liter bottle or 3 smaller ones (not the really small ones) (Remember: Use this water sparingly, it is used for drinking as well as for the oatmeal, soup and hot chocolate/apple cider, not for bathing.)

Note: This is a high calorie menu. When someone is in a stressful situation they burn more calories. Adjust to family member with allergies and medical conditions like diabetes. 

Remember, you need 3 of each item for each member in your house hold. This month add the following items and put them in the large plastic zip bag with the last 2 months items and place each kit into each backpack . . . 

 


Week 1: 3 fruit juice boxes--any flavor your family member prefers. 






This completes your 3 day menu of food. The next 3 weeks are snack items.

 
 

Week 2: 1 large pack of gum or several small packages of different flavors. Helps when you feel hungry.





 

Week 3: Hand candy--about 10+ pieces per family food kit. You want hard hand so they can suck on it and it will last long. If you purchase mint candy place the candy in another zip lock bag, or all your food will taste like mint.


Week 4: 1 Large package of Beef or Turkey Jerky--One blog viewer said you can purchase individual bags at Costco, and probably Sam's Club (you will need 3 for each family food kit), or you can purchase one large bag at your regular grocery stores, should be enough for 3-4 days. 





Now that you have completed your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food kits: Place all the food and snack items in a large zip lock plastic bag for each family member in your house hold. I like to double bag mine. Place each Food Kit for each family member member in the house hold in their individual backpacks. I like to put their names on the Food Kits since some food may be different due to food allergies, medications taken or dislikes. 

Put a copy of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu above with each food kit. 

Next month (April) we will start the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Hygiene Kits. 

Food Storage . . . 


President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, "We [as a church] have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the best storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelations the Lord has said, 'Organize yourselves, prepare every needful thing.' (Doctrine and Covenants 109:8).

"Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come.

"We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day." (Ensign, November 2005, 62)

While we are working this year on our emergency supplies, the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, the 72 Hour Family Bag, the Emergency Medical Kit and the Emergency Cleaning Bucket we need to continually be adding to our water and food storage. 

We are encouraged to have at least a 3-Month supply of food (canned and packaged foods) and water. In areas of the world were you are not allowed to store extra food and water, store what you allowed by law. Do not worry about the long term freeze-dried and dehydrated foods until you have at least a 3-months supply of canned and packaged foods. Store only what your family will eat. Watch for sales. Take that savings and put it into a jar for your emergency rainy day, even if it is just some change, it all adds up quickly.

Each week when you go grocery shopping add a few extra cans and/or packages of food. Before you know it you will have your 3-months emergency supply of food and water. Remember, the key to good food storage is rotation. Do not let your food expire, rotate as needed.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

 
Great article: In last months Ensign, February 2017 (pages 44-49), there is a great article on emergency preparedness; temporal preparedness, mental preparedness and spiritual preparedness. People share their personal stories. Please click here to read this great article.


Car headrest: 

Did you know your car headrest can save your life and it is made to be removable?  

Your car headrest was designed to help you in an emergency. If you remove the headrest the posts that go into the back of the seat were designed to break the glass of your car windows.

If you find yourself trapped in water and you cannot escape through the door and the car is filling with water, remove the headrest and jab the post into the window glass. Cover yourselves as you do this to keep the glass from hurting you, or turn your face away. Once the glass is broken escape through the window as quickly as possibly to safety.

Comments and Questions: Please share your comment and questions below. We all learn from each other. Or you can email me at theark.carsonward@gmail.com. Thank you. 

Next posting March 31st with April's monthly assignments and emergency preparedness ideas. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of January 29th)

"Better to be prepared for nothing."
"People always think they have time."
"It is only bad if people aren't prepared."
"We live in the days just as the time of Noah."
                                                (Elder W. Don Ladd, Of the Seventy)

 
The last few weeks, months, I have been hearing people making statements like above. Many have been experiencing, flooding, severe weather, winter storms, tornadoes, and all kinds of natural weather situations. In Doctrine and Covenants 1:12 it states, "Prepare ye, prepared ye for that which is to come, ...." Some of us have not yet had to use our emergency supplies and food storage, some have. If you are not prepared, this is the year to prepare and to be able to help others when disasters strike. 

At one of our daughters regional conference one of the speakers made this statement (unfortunately, she does remember his name). "Are we truly doing our best, can we do a little better? Can we do better than our best? 

We are all in different places in life, temporally and spiritually and with our food storage and emergency supplies. But the most important thing is that we are striving, trying and truly doing our best, in what ever it is, and we all can do a little better. We can do better than our best. You may not think so at this time, but you can, we all can. Heavenly Father is continually stretching us by giving us challenges and trials. Through those challenges and trials we learn we can do better, we can do more, we can grow. 

Emergency preparedness and food/water storage takes a life time. You are continually adding and rotating your supplies. Needs change, family members increase or decrease, health changes, incomes change, we are continually changing and so does our emergency preparedness and food storage. We should not feel overwhelmed or that we are not doing enough, it takes time to build it up. 

We have been married for 45 years and still adding and rotating emergency supplies and our food storage. Never, never give up. One of our current Twelve Apostles,  Elder Jeffrey R. Holland (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) says, "Don't you give up, don't you quit, you keep walking, you keep trying. ... It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come."

The best thing any of us can do is to start now it you have not, and to keep trying and not giving up if you have stated. Never, never give up. Just start now! 

February Monthly Assignment

 72 Hour Individual 
           Emergency Preparedness Backpacks . . . 
                                                             Food Kit

 
Last month we started the Food Kit for our 72 Hour Backpacks. If you have not started yet, go back to last month and complete those items.
 
Note: If you already have your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for each house hold member you might want to review the Food Kit to see if any items need rotated or replaced. The rule is if you keep your backpacks in your car the food needs to be rotated/replaced every 6 months due to heat. If in the house at about 70 degrees rotate/replace the food once a year. 

Important: If you are purchasing your food items from a discount store, check the expiration dates. You want them to last for at least a year. Discount stores often sell products that are about to expire. 

72 Hour Food Individual Kit Menu:

It is the same menu for each day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Day 1, 2, and 3

Breakfast: Oatmeal (instant), Raisins (small box), Hot cocoa (instant)

Lunch: Peanut Butter Crackers, Fruit Cup, Trail Mix

Dinner: Soup (and instant kind like Chicken Noodle), Granola Bar, Fruit Drink Mix

Snacks: Fruit Snacks, Gum, Hard Candy, Beef Jerky

Water: 2 Liter bottle or 3 smaller ones (not the really small ones) (Remember: Use this water sparingly, it is used for drinking as well as for the soup, hot chocolate and fruit drink mix, not for bathing.)

Note: This is a high calorie menu. When someone is in a stressful situation they burn more calories. Adjust to family member with allergies and medical conditions like diabetes. 

Remember, you need 3 of each item for each member in your house hold. This month add the following items and put them in the large plastic zip bag with last months items and place each kit into each backpack . . . 



Week 1: 3 fruit cups (one type of fruit or mixed) or 3 small apple sauce    





Week 2: 3 packages regular size Trail Mix or 1 large package. If you purchase the large package include 2 small plastic zip lock bags to divide the rest into 2 for the next 2 days lunch menu.







Week 3: 3 Instant soup mixes (chicken noodle, onion, etc.)  






Week 4: 3 Granola Bars: any name brand or type your family member will eat.



 

Note: If you prefer you can purchase all the food items for each meal or follow the weekly schedule. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Burns . . .  


There are two emergency methods to handle burns when we get distracted and burn our fingers and hand by grabbing something just out of the oven or off the stove . . .

1) Run the burn under cold water for 10 minutes, then cake on Aloe Vera and let dry. Will not blister and takes the sting away.

2) Keep a bag of white flour in your freezer. When you burn your fingers or hand, place your fingers or hand into the cold flour for at least 10 minutes. It will stop the stinging and blistering.

Spiritual Preparedness  . . .


Follow these 10 things and it will help you become more spiritually prepared . . .

1) Do  I read the scriptures daily?

2) Do I really pray and not just say prayers?

3) Is my fasting meaningful?

4) Do I go to bed early and get up early?

5) Am I essentially a happy person?

6) Do I work hard?

7) Am I more concerned about how than where I serve?

8) Do I love everyone, even enemies, keep romantic things in there proper place?

9) Do I strive for oneness with others as well as within myself, between my ideal and actual self?

10) Do I share my testimony (of the gospel) with others?

(These 10 questions come from a talk given by Elder Joe J. Christensen, Of the Presidency of the Seventies, "10 Ideas to Increase Your Spirituality". Click here to read the entire article.)

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