"Remember that without faith, you can do nothing;..." Doctrine and Covenants 8:10
What a powderful scripture! If we have faith we can acquire our year's supply of food and emergency supplies, but faith does take "works". It is our responsibility to make a plan and work on accomplishing that plan. With faith we will accomplish our goal!
After some serious though I have decided to simplify ways for us to obtain our Food Storage and Emergency Supplies. I have set up a monthly goal chart for us to follow in 2012. There will be two areas we will work on, first we will discuss and make assignments for emergency preparedness items, and second we will add items to our Food Storage and/or Emergency Preparedness Supplies. Each month we will concentrate on that assignment and food storage/emergency supplies.
January---Finish 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Stressor Kits, Beverages (water, juices, milk, mixes, etc.)
February---CPR & First-aid Class, Family Medical Emergency Supply Kit/First-Aid Kit
March---Gardening & Fruit Trees, Beans and Legumes
April---Sanitation, Grains and Rice
May---Emergency Cooking, Oils and Fats
June---Shelter, Pastas and Tomatoes (sauces, canned diced & stewed, etc.)
July---Non-Food Items, Condiments (katsup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc.)
August---Canning Basics, Fruits and Vegetables
September---Emergency Equipment, Breakfast Foods
October---72 Hour Emergency Kits, Meats, including poultry and fish (canned)
November---Disaster Situations/What to do, Seasonings
December---New Goals and Getting Organized, Honey & Sugar
CPR, First-aid, and Disaster Preparedness Classes: This event will be held Saturday, February 25th, 9:00am-3:30pm at the Carson Building, with a 30 minute pot-luck lunch and 1-2 breaks. A Volunteer from the American Red Cross will be coming to teach the class. You must sign-up ahead of time for the class. Please see the sign-up sheet at Church or speak with Nancy Cuppett (310-835-0902 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to attend the class. Last day to sign-up is Sunday, February 12th. The American Red Cross wants everyone to be as prepared as possible in case of a disaster or emergency type situation. With these classes you should be able to take care of your family and assist your neighbors. It will take a long time if there is a major disaster, sometimes even days or weeks, before medical assistance or emergency response teams can get to you. The better prepared we are individually, the more likely we will survive. This is a great opportunity for us to be prepared with CPR and First-aid skills and have some training in Disaster Preparedness.
1) Finish the 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kits for your backpacks.
2) Replace water in your water barrels if a year old, add cases of small bottled water as needed, purchase beverages listed below.
1) 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Stressor Kits:
This week add the following (one for each family member). Place the items below in the large zip lock bag with the items we have already added, mark the bag "Stressor Kit":
1. Insurance information---list all insurances, Homeowners, Renters, Homeowner Condo, Auto, Life, Medical/Health insurance policy numbers, named insured, coverages and contact phone numbers. It is best to make a copy of the them and put them in a zip lock bag marked insurance. If coping your insurance cards, make a copy of both the front and back.
2. Pad of paper and pencil with sharpener and a pen (not a large spiral notebook, need to conserve space)
3. Plastic poncho (you can purchase these at most sporting/camping stores or at EmergencyEssentials.com online for less than $2-$3 each)
You should have the following items:
1. Photo of the family
2. Small paper back copy of the Book of Mormon
3. Important contact numbers, preferable out of state
4. Copies of all insurances
5. Pad of paper with a pencil with a sharpener and a pen
6. Plastic poncho
1. Water--If you have not replaced the water in your 55 gallon (or smaller) water barrels in the past year, empty them, rinse them out, replace with clear clean water, added 1/4 cup of household bleach and seal the lid tightly. Or, use Activate Stabilized Oxygen (ASO, 10% strength formula). I purchased a 2 fluid oz bottle at Major Surplus and Survival Discount Warehouse on 435 W. Alondra Blvd in Gardena for $12.95. This bottle will protect two 55 gallon water barrels of water for 5 years. Personal I think this is a great deal, not having to rotate the water every year. Make sure you put the date when it will expire on the barrels with a permanent marker.
Also, replace the water in your 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Kits every year.
It is also a good idea to have cases of small bottles of water on hand too.
Water Chart per person:
2 weeks--14 gallons or 4x24 count cases of 16.9 oz. bottles
1 month--55 gallon water barrel, one per person (only for drinking and cooking, does not include bathing, will need extra for bathing)
You can live without food for 40 days, but you can only live without water for 2-3 days.
Check out the "Postings" on the right side under "Water" for lots of ideas, great products for storing and filtering water and where you can purchase the 55 gallon water barrels.
2. This month, purchase fruit juice mixes, milk non-fat dry, cocoa mix, evaporated milk and bottled juice. Only purchase the items your family will drink. Since we are getting a late start this month, you may need to extent this into February. Try to purchase enough for your entire family for 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or a year if possible. Watch the expiration dates, rotate and replace as needed. I like to mark on the bottle or package with a permanent marker the expiration date so it is easier to see. Place newer items behind the older ones, making it easier to rotate. Remember, you will need to store extra water for those berverages that require wated added.
Purchase Chart (per person per adult for a month):
Week 1: Milk Non-fat Dry, one #10 can**
Week 2: Cocoa Mix, 1/2 lb. or 1/4 #10 can
Week 3: Fruit Drink Mix, 1/2 lb. or 1/4 #10 can
Week 4: Evaporated Milk, 1x12 oz can
Week 5: Jucie, 3x64 oz bottles/cans
**You can also store Almond Milk, Rice Milk and Soy Milk in cartons that do not need refrigerated from Trade Joes, Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Watch the expiration dates, rotate and replace as needed. Remember, Milk Non-fat Dry does not store as long, depending on the tempature, how and where it is stored, 6 months if in grocery store bought container. In #10 cans it will store up to 10-20 years if stored properly.
Challenge: I would like each Ward Family to acquire 1 month's supply of food for your family. This includes the basics, wheat, oatmeal, beans, rice, milk non-fat dry and other items your family eats on a regular bases. This is so important to me, once you accomplish this, I will give you a special reward.
Remember: Post your name and comment for our FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing. Drawing to be held, Sunday, January 29th.