Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weekly Assignment and Food Storage Ideas (Week of August 21st)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,


"Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come,...." (Doctrine and Covenants 1:12)

A couple of years I woke up early in the morning and sat up in bed, with a very strong feeling from the Spirit of the Holy Ghost, telling me I needed to prepare for the things to come and get my food storage in order as soon as possible, and that I needed to warn others. I knew the spirit was talking about spiritual and temporal (Food Storage and Emergency Supplies) preparation. This warning continued to stay on my mind and I told others of the warning and my concern. A year later I was called as the Ward Emergency Preparedness Leader and given a charge and responsibility to help the Carson Ward Family, my family, my neighbors and friends to become prepared for whatever might come our way.

Heavenly Father inspired me to set up this Blog to help and reach others. "The Ark", the Carson Ward Emergency Preparedness Blog, is to help you become better prepared and get you started if you have not done so. I have tried to fill this blog with as much knowledge and information I can about Emergency Preparedness and give you assignments and challenges weekly to help you become more prepared and closer to your goal of a years supply of food and emergency supplies. Please use this information to help you and your family and your friends!

There is a saying, "Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach a man how to fish and he will eat for a life time." I am trying to teach you how to fish so you can take care of yourself and your family when needed.

The Bishopric and my goal is the make sure everyone family has a 72 Hour Emergency Kit and Family Bag, to make sure every family has water stored, to make sure every family has food storage (preferably a year's supply), to make sure every family has emergency supplies and is trained in first-aid and CPR, to make sure every family has an "Out of State Contact Person" and card in their wallet, purse or backpack, to make sure every family has shelter and a way to cook if they could not use their home, to make sure every family has been assigned an Emergency Response Team person that will go out in the case of a disaster and assess each family assigned and report their needs and, if any, they injures to the Priesthood leaders, and to make sure our Ward as an Emergency Plan in place.

What have we done so far. We have showed you how to set up a 72 Hour Emergency Kit and Family Bag, we have provided a way to get the 55 gallon water barrels and explained the importance of storing and how to store water, we have showed you how to store, how much to store, what and where to store food, we have explained why you need an "Emergency Out of State Contact" person and given you cards for your family to keep in their wallet, purse and backpack, and we are currently working on completing our Family Emergency Medical Supplies. We are also in the process of setting up our Emergency Response Teams and setting up classes in first-aid and CPR. I hope to have an Emergency Preparedness Fair in our building before this year is over, possibly with the other Wards in our building. We want our Ward members to be prepared, to be self-reliant! Step by step, we will become prepared and not fear!

Temporal Assignment:

Family Emergency Medical Supplies (please add the following):

1) antacids
2) Epi Pen (for family members with sever allergic reactions, requires a prescription)
3) presciption medications family members take (high blood pressure, insulin and extra needles, etc.) If you explain to your doctor why you want to keep extra some doctors will give you it you, some prescriptions you are only allowed that dosage at a time, talk with your doctor, you should keep a 3 months supply on hand.

Next week we will finish up the Family Emergency Medical Supplies and I will repeat the 72 Hour Emergency Individual Food Kits.

Spiritual Assignment:

Bear your testimony to others. The more you do, the more you strengthen your own testimony and faith in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Food Storage Ideas:

Dry pack storage: You should not store the following items in mylar bags in 5 gallon buckets or the cans from the LDS dry pack cannery, these items have to much moisture in them:

Brown rice, cooking oil, roasted nuts, honey, baked goods, flour mixes containing leavening, dried meats, egg noodles, peanut butter, or coconut.

You can purchase the 5 gallon food grade buckets at WalMart or Home Depot, make sure they are the food grade ones, usually white. Do not use the Home Depot orange buckets, they are chemicals in them. The link below will show you how to prepare the food in the mylar bags for the buckets.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the information, now I have a better idea about dry packing. We ended up discarding a lot of dry food over the years because of that, we hope to get it right this time