Make sure you check out the weekly assignment and challenge below for this week. Remember to post your name in the comment section at the end of each weeks posting for the FREE GIVEAWAY drawing to be held October 10th, the week after General Conference next week. See last weeks posting to see how to do this if you do not know how or call Sister Cuppett (310-835-0902) to walk you through it.
"Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds."
President Gordon B. Hinckley
I love this quote from our dear Prophet President Hinckley. How true this is. We can apply this to Provident Living and Emergency Preparedness. Regarding Emergency Preparedness, it takes planning, setting up a budget to allow money to purchase food storage items, purchasing food storage items our family will eat plus the basic for survival (wheat, oats, rice, beans, sugar, honey, water), rotating what we have, and setting up areas in our home to store our food storage, water and emergency preparedness items. It takes hard work and diligence. Without this hard work we basically have "weeds", or in other words, nothing to provide for our family's needs in case of an emergency (unemployment, illness, disasters, etc.).
Brothers and Sisters, I have felt for some time now the urgency of how much we, if we have not already, need to start planning and setting up our Food Storage, water and emergency preparedness items. With all the things happening in our world, communities, state and government today, we need to be prepared for whatever is down the road. If we are prepared, we will have no need to fear. If we are striving to prepare the best we can, the Lord will bless us and we will have sufficient for our family's needs, not wants, but needs. If you have not started on this, now is the time. Review your budget with the family, see where you can cut back to provide money to purchase food storage items for your family. This may take scarifice for you and your family, but I promise you it will be well worth it, it will give you peace of mind. I think it is important to get the whole family involved. Maybe for Christmas gifts this year you could give each other Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness items. I know this sounds strange but I know one family in our Ward that did this one year for Christmas, it turned out great!
The important thing to do is start!
Share with your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors the importance of Emergency Preparedness and Food and Water Storage.
72 Hour Personal Kit (purchase the follow items, 1 for each individual kit, the 99 Cent Store and the Dollar Store are great for these items):
1. Comb and/or Brush
2. Small bar of soap (put in small zip lock bag so when you use it it does not get all over the other items)
Car Emergency Kit:
Add one item from the blog posting Car Emergency Kit list.
72 Hour Food Kits:
CAUTION: If you purchase food items for your 72 Hour Food Kits be careful. I find that sometimes the food items at the 99 Cent Store and the Dollar Store expiration within just a month or so. You need them to be good for at least one-two years. You should check and update your 72 Hour Food kits each year, and rotate any food items that need replacing. Be careful in the regular grocery stores too, sometimes they expire in less than a year.Weekly Challenge:
1. If you have not already done so, please complete your Carson Ward Emergency Preparedness Survey and give it to Sister Cuppett as soon as possible. We need these to complete the Ward Emergency Preparedness Plan.
2. Get together all insurance policy information (car, home, earthquake, life, health, etc), family health history, and emergency contact information together, print out and put in each family members 72 Hour backpacks or bags in a zip lock bag to protect from water damage.
Insurance information includes type of policy, policy number, copy of policy (shrink down to fit all on one page, front and back if necessary), agent name and phone number, company name.
Family health history includes name, phone number and address of family doctors, copy of health insurance cards (front and back), information about each family member, photo of each family member, medications take (name, amount, how often), allergies, family person's name, age, weight, height), and any health issues.
Emergency Contacts--put together a list of all family/friends emergency contact numbers, include Bishopric and RS President. Include names, phone numbers, addresses.
Remember: Post your name at the end of this posting in the comment section and each posting for September to have your name entered into the October 10th monthly FREE GIVEAWAY drawing!