Saturday, July 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assigment (August 2017)



Physical Preparedness . . .

Most of us cringe when we think about physical preparedness. I know I did until about 4 months ago. I always had excuses for not being in shape physically and eating healthier. Being physically prepared is just as important as all the other areas we need to be prepared in, food and water storage, emergency supplies, etc..  After many months, years of giving excuses, I finally set some goals and am striving to accomplish them. I want to loose weight and be physically strong. When we are physically prepared we will be able to survive a disaster situation better.

Let me share my journey of striving to becoming better 
                                                                           physically prepared . . . 
  • First, I had to realize that no one else can do this but me. My body is a temple, a gift from Heavenly Father. It is my responsibility to take good care of it so my Spirit can reside there. 
  • Then I had to sat into motion a plan, just like setting up a food storage goal and plan. Find a buddy or family member to do this with. Our family, mostly my daughters and granddaughters, have sat up a team where we help and encourage each other. Since we all live far apart, we sat up a family Facebook page where we all weight in weekly, only our family members can see it. It is working great and great to have support from others.
  • Then I sat small goals to accomplish the big one. 
  • I figured out how much I needed to loose, then sat small goals to accomplish it.
  • I found a diet plan I could work with, it was Weight Watchers. (I love the online app on my phone.) Not some crazy fad diet. Reasonable and practical. Eating more fruits and vegetables and staying away from all the junk foods, but allowing me from time to time to have a piece of birthday cake if I desire.
  • I sat up an exercised program. I started out small, at first I could barely walk around my block. I kept increasing it until I could do 10 blocks. It hurt at first. I had problems with my sciatic nerve and arthritis in my knee, making walking painful at first. I kept pushing and increasing the distance. After awhile with losing some weight and exercising I noticed no more pain.
  • Then after losing a certain amount of weight, 10-15 pounds, I decided to start doing aerobics.  I do an hour a day, except Sundays. At first, it was difficult. I thought I was going to pass out. I had to start small and increase as my strength and ability increased. Now I can get through the whole program, tried at the end, but I can do it. I always feel so much better after I am done.
The results--So far, I have lost 30+ pounds since April, no longer in pain, and am in much better shape physically. I have realized this is for a lifetime. Not just for a few months or a year.

Why did I want to do this? Of course, to look better and feel better, but also, because if a disaster or emergency situation comes, I will be healthier and stronger. I may need to walk some distance to safety. I may need to carry my 72 Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for some distance. I will have a higher chance of surviving an injury, which could turn into a serious infection.

Important: Always check with your doctor before starting a diet or exercise program.


May we each strive to be healthier by eating healthier and getting some type of exercise, no matter how small it may be. I know some of you physically cannot exercise as others. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that will work for you.

August 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: Paper Pad and Pen and/or Pencil . The paper pad should be about 5x7 inches. If you have a pencil you will need a pencil sharpener.











2nd Week: A 5-in-1 Survival Whistle. You can purchase these at emergencyessentials.com for about $2.00.






3rd Week: Family Photo.  This helps the family member, especially children, to look at their family and know that there are loved ones who care about them, and if separated, praying for their safety.




4th Week: Activity Book. It can be a crossword book, a word search book or an activity book for children. Coloring books with a small box of crayons is a;so good for children. Something to keep their minds off the situation they are might be in.



72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Stressor Kit List:

Some of you like the whole list so you can purchase all the items at once. Here it is . . .

1. paper pad and pen
2. 5-in-1 survival whistle
3. copies of insurance
4. family photo(s)
5. activity book
6. list of family contact names and phone numbers
7. favorite reading book (soft cover for adult books)
8. small travel size board game or playing cards (different one for each family member kit so you have different ones to play)
9. Book of Mormon (soft cover, about $4 on church catalog website)
Added this week:
10. $3-$5 in coin change in small zip lock bag
11. Rain pouncho
12. Space blanket 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Four great tips . . .

Don't assume it can't happen to you!
Be prepared!
Follow the Spirit!
Have Faith! 

Do not forget to check
out the "Postings" on the right for ideas and information on being better prepared. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

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

Spiritual Preparedness . . . 

"I know, in the strength of the Lord 
                     thou canst do all things."
                                               Alma 20:4, Book of Mormon 

 
I would like to change this a little to "I know, in the strength of the Lord I canst do all things".  I strongly believe and know from experiences Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us. If we stray off that path he will do all that he can to bring us back to it. I know that through prayer and faith we can receive the strength we need to overcome whatever obstacle passes our path. As I listen to news report interviews of people who are going through or have been through a disaster, I can spot the ones who have faith and hope in their Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I know those who have prepared the best they can know Heavenly Father will bless them with their needs. 

It is our responsibility to prepare both spiritually and temporally. We will find peace when we do. When we procrastinate in our spiritual and temporal preparation it is no ones fault but our own.  We will feel turmoil and unsettling in knowing we are not prepared. 

Many think it is so hard to prepare. They cannot do it. But I say, "Yes you can!". It takes baby steps, one at a time. The best thing any of us can do is to just start now. No more procrastination, no more excuses. Set small goals. 

For spiritual goals, decide to read one verse, or one chapter, in the scriptures daily, thank Heavenly Father daily and ask for guidance in prayer, go to church, for LDS members, attend the temple regularly.

For temporal goals, decide you will start a food storage goal by adding commercially canned and packaged foods your family will eat each time you go grocery shopping, just 2-5 extra ones a week. Before you know it you will have a 3-Month Food Storage supply. 

It is not hard if you take baby steps, small goals help us accomplish the main goal. You can do it!

“Believe in yourself [and] in your capacity to do great and good things. Believe that no mountain is so high that you cannot climb it. Believe that no storm is so great that you cannot weather it. Believe that you can do whatever it is that you set your heart on. [As you do this,] opportunities will unfold and open before you [and] the skies will clear when they have been dark. [Remember that] you are not destined to [fail]. You are a child of God, of infinite capacity.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

              July 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 July add the following . . .

 

1) Medical surgical gloves (several pairs, medium and large sizes): Keep in a small plastic zip lock bag.




 
2) Prescription medications and/or vitamins: You should keep the prescription meds in the prescription bottle. Save old bottles to keep a 3 day supply. You might want to put the vitamins into a weekly pill box. 

 

3) Sun screen: Purchase the correct ones for different ages.





 4) Feminine hygiene items or diapers/pull ups for the baby: Put in enough for 3 days. You may also want to consider older folks who wear adult diapers (Depends).
 













Congratulations, you have just completed your 72 Hour Individual Personal Hygiene Kits for each family member. You want to include the following optional items below. 
 
 
Optional:

1) 2-3 disposable shavers, for men: Not really necessary, but the men in your family may want to look good too, even in a disaster situation. 





 
2) Basic makeup, for women, good to feel pretty even in a disaster situation: When you foundation, powder and other makeups get low save them and put them into your Hygiene Kit. No need to purchase new items to add to it. 



Note: In August we start on the last kit for your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, the Stressor Kit.  

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Why should you always keep at least a half of tank of gas in your vehicles?


1)  You never know when you might need to evacuate immediately and you have no time to get gas. A half of a tank will usually get you pretty far to safety.

2) What if there is no electricity? The gas pumps will not work.

3) What if you are stuck on the freeway or highway for several hours? You may run out of gas if you are running your vehicle. Many times we have heard in news reports of vehicles running out of gas in bad weather situations or accidents where it takes hours to clear the roads.

Note: It is good, when and were possible, to keep a couple of 5 gallon gas cans full of gas for emergency situations. Make sure your rotate the gas every few months and you keep in away from your house or other structures and out of the sun. You can keep it in your garage, but away from any connecting walls to your house. Only store gas in regulated gas cans.

Emergency Essentials Blog: Some great ideas . . .
 
Tips for helping children cope with emergency disasters

Five types of floods you should prepared for

7 things you should do following a flood


I never thought to store that

7 things every prepper should know

Preparing children with special needs for emergencies

Emergency shelter 

Nest posting August July 30th.

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.