Thursday, April 26, 2012
"Experience has taught me that if we, like President Monson, exercise our faith and look to God for help, we will not be overwhelmed with the burdens of life. We will not feel incapable of doing what we are called to do. We will be strengthened, our lives will be filled with peace and joy...." Elder Carl Bert Cook of the Quorum of the Seventy
I hope you and your family are striving to not only be prepared temporally but spiritually too.
I hope this Emergency Preparedness Blog is helping you and your family become more self-reliant as we have been couseled by our General Authorities, Stake and Ward Leaders.
I hope you are using the "Postings" on the right side and "Weekly Assignments" to guide you in becoming self-reliant.
I hope you are adding at least one item of food weekly to your Food Storage, more if possible.
I hope you have a months supply of water stored for your family. You can live without food for a month, but you can only live without water for 3 days.
I hope you are setting up emergency supplies for medical, sanitation, shelter, lighting, heating, and cooking so you will not be caught unprepared if a disaster hits our area. There will be no outside help for several days, maybe even weeks!
I hope you are setting aside $1-$2 a week in your Emergency Preparedness Fund/Jar. All you have to do is give up one fast food soda drink a week and put that money in your Fund.
I hope you have a 72 Hour Personal Emergency Backpack Kit for each family member. I hope you have one at work and your children have one at school.
I hope you have a 72 Hour Family Emergency Bag.
I hope you have a home fire emergency plan, an earthquake plan, an evacuation plan, and an out of state contact person that each family members knows. I hope you practice them monthly.
I hope you and your family are prepared as much as possible.
I know the things above cannot be done in a day or a week, they take time. But as long as we are striving to become self-reliant Heavenly Father will bless us. I find that so many of our Ward members, and especially our neighbors, are not as prepared as they should be, some are not prepared at all. I think they think others will take care of them, no need to worry. But what about The 10 Virgins? What happened to the 5 that were not prepared?
Why am I so adamant about our Ward, our families and our neigbhors becoming self-reliant, having food storage, water and being prepared? Why do I drive you crazy always talking about it and warning you? Becasue I have been given a warning by the Spirit to help others to become prepared. I do not know what is coming, but I do know that some thing is coming, some thing big and worse than we can ever imagine! We are promised, "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear"!
Listen to our Prophets warnings....
April Goals: Sanitation and Adding Grains, Rice and Cereals to our Food Storage
Correction: On previous blog postings I had down for our April Goals to add Dry Pastas. Please disregard that goal, it is included in a future monthly goal.
Portable Toilets: Anyone who signed up for the Portable Toilet (and 6 Enzyme Packets and Cat Liter), I have to have your $20 by this coming Sunday, April 29th. If I do not have your money I will not be able to order your toilet. I am ordering them on Monday, April 30th.
1. Sanitation: This week add more toilet paper and/or baby wipes to your Emergency Sanitation Supplies. Costco has a case of baby wipes, 900 count, for $19.95.
2. Grains, Rice and Cereals: This week add more of these items to your food storage. See the other April postings to know what types of grains, rice and cereals there are and how much to store per person in your family. Only store what your family will eat!
Food Storage Tips:
1. “Quick and Easy and 'Psychological Foods' - Quick and easy foods help you through times when you are psychologically or physically unable to prepare your basic storage items. "No cook" foods such as freeze-dried are wonderful since they require little preparation, MRE's (Meal Ready to Eat), such as many preparedness outlets carry, canned goods, etc. are also very good. "Psychological Foods" are the 'goodies' - Jello, pudding, candy, etc. - you should add to your storage.
These may sound frivolous, but through the years I've talked with many people who have lived entirely on their storage for extended periods of time. Nearly all of them say these were the most helpful items in their storage to "normalize" their situations and make it more bearable. These are especially important if you have children.” (Vicki Tate, author of “Cook With Home Storage")
2. Purchase a cook book on how to cook with grains (wheat, oatmeal, rice, etc). Practice by using the recipes so when there is a disaster you will know how to cook with grains. Keep it with your Food Storage.
Remember: Post your name and comment for our Sunda, April 29th FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing. To be held this Sunday.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Last Sunday in our Sacrament Fast and Testimony Meeting several of the members who shared their testimonies spoke about the trails they have been going through and how the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped them. I sat in Sacrament Meeting, and this week, thinking a lot about this. I mostly talk about Temporal Preparation on this blog, which is very important, but Spiritual Preparation is much more important!
Once again the tornado season is upon the Midwest, the tornado season has started earlier than usual. I knew there were strong tornadoes in our daughter's area, Missouri, Sunday morning. I checked the Weather Channel as I prepared for Church. I called our daughter to make sure they were alright before leaving for Church. She said there were tornadoes in the area, but they were getting ready for Church and were going. I thought about this for awhile. I think many of us would stay home due to the concern of tornadoes. Remember, this is the area that was hit by the huge devastating tornado in Joplin last year in May on a Sunday shortly after the 1pm block meetings.
Our daughter has very strong faith, and knows if she and her family are doing what is right they will be protected. Because of their Spiritual Preparation of daily personal and family scripture reading, daily personal and family prayers, weekly Family Home Evening, church and temple attendance and striving to keep the commandments, they were able to get ready and go to Church, even though there was great turmoil around them. She and her family were Spiritually Prepared for what ever might happen!
How many of us have great turmoil around us these day with all that is going on in our personal lives, our community, our country and our world? How many of us feel not only Temporally Prepared, but Spiritually Prepared?
Yes, in a disaster we may loose our Food Storage and Emergency Supplies, but if we are Spiritually Prepared, and our testimonies and faith are strong, no one can take that away from us and we will be able to face what ever is thrown at us.
As our son sat on a cold concrete floor with only his backpack and scriptures, soaking wet, with his companion and other Hondurans, he realized he may have lost everything he owned while on his Mission from Hurricane Mitch, but he also realized, no one could take his faith and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ from him! His Spiritual Preparation help him through the next several months of hardships and helping others.
Our Temporal Preparation can be washed away in an instant, but our Spiritual Preparation will be with us as long as we are striving to keep the commandments of God, staying close to the Spirit, keep our Temple covenants and following our Prophet! It is our Spiritual Preparation that will get us through the toughest trails and challenges.
Please watch the video below.
April Goals: Sanitation and Add Grains, Rice and Cereals to your Food Storage
Portable Toilets: Remember: If you want to sign up for a Portable Toilet, which includes 6 Enzyme Packets and a bag of cat liter, see Sister Nancy Cuppett for the sign up sheet at Church on Sunday, April 22nd and April 29th (last Sunday to order). If you signed up for the Portable Toilets (with 6 Enzyme Packets and a bag of cat liter), I must have your $20 by no later than next Sunday, April 29th. If I do not have your money I will not order your toilet.
1) Add more toilet paper and/or baby wipes for your Emergency Sanitation Supplies. Figure out how much toilet paper your family uses in a month. Store at least 1 month to a year's supply. Same for baby wipes. These items can be stored in your garage, attic or a shed, no need to worry about the heat.
2) Add more grains, rice and cereals to your Food Storage. See all the April postings to find out how much to store per person in your family and what types there are. Only store what your family will eat! Remember, put the grains and rice in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any moths, their eggs or larva. Let cool to room temperature and then store in containers. Wheat needs to be stored in Mylar bags or sealed cans with oxygen absorbers for long storage.
Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Ideas:
Start a Food Storage Recipe Notebook: Each month I will have a display with the monthly goals. I will also have recipes for those food items we are adding for the month. A suggestion would be to start a notebook and put all the recipes I give you each month into the notebook and mark it Food Storage Recipes. Keep it with our Food Storage. That way when there is a need to use your Food Storage you will have recipes to rely on. Try the recipes a head of time so you will know how to make them when an emergency situation arises.
Buying grains and beans from market bulk bins: Many markets now have a section of bins brimming with scoop-it-yourself grains and beans. Because of no flashy packaging and brand names, this means savings to you. Organic goods can cost up to 89% less than their packaged name brand counterparts per Portland State University. Most bins are emptied once a week, making the food possibly fresher than what's on the shelves. Remember to put the grains and bean in the freezer for 24 hours. Then cool to room temperature and store in containers.
Remember: Post your name and comments and suggestions to have your name entered into our FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing to be held Sunday, April 29th.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it." Proverbs 27:12
How can I afford Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Items?
Many times I hear people tell me they cannot afford setting up their Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness items. I have been thinking a lot about this statement. Yes, we can afford it, we just need to change our priorities and find ways to save money so we can afford it.
As we raised our family of 6 children, Robert was the only one that worked, I was a stay at home Mom. It was not always easy financially, but we made it work by being frugal with what the Lord had blessed us with. We could not afford to go on expensive long distance family vacations but our children always had fun. We learned ways to plan outings and have fun with very little money!
If we give up the family trips (and as couples) to the movie theatre (with snacks a good $30+), expensive video games and systems, and expensive family activities and vacations, we could find the money for our Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Supplies. Let me list some fun things you can do as an individual, a couple and a family to save money. The money you would have spent on the more expensive fun things can be put into your Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Plan. "Everyone thinks you need a lot of money to have "real" fun as a family, but the truth is that imagination will pay the way and save tons of bucks." Heidi Sonboul
Inexpensvie fun things to do:
1. Give up one family (or individual/couple) outing to the movie theatre a month and rent a movie. Buy snacks at the 99 Cent Store and make popcorn. Take the money you would have spent at the movie theatre and put into your Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Budget.
2. Buy a kite, or two or three, go to the park or beach and fly the kite as a family (or a couple). Have a contest who can keep theirs up the longest. Take a picnic lunch along. Take photos. The Korean Bell in San Pedro, off of Gaffey, is a good place to fly a kite.
3. Go to the Cabrillo Marine Museum in San Pedro. Parking is about $6-7, or park on the street and walk in. The Museum is free but they do like to get donations, even just a couple of dollars is fine. Try to plan the trip when the Feel Tank will be open. Make a game out of it, how many different kinds of sea life can you find, have them write down the names. Take a picnic lunch along to eat at the beach and have a contest of building a sand sculpture. Remember to take along small buckets, large spoons, etc..
4. There are lots of museums in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas that are free and interesting to visit. The Getty Museum is free, just pay for parking. Go onto Google and search for them.
5. Go to the Griffith Park Observatory, it is free. There is a show that cost $7 for adults, $3/4 for children and $5 for seniors. Make sure you go to the underground level, great displays and things. Even if you do not go the show it is a lot of fun. Take a picnic lunch.
6. Go to the Griffith Park Train Park and ride on the junior train and ride the horses (younger children). Prices are inexpensive and the children love it! Take along a picnic lunch.
7. Purchase art supplies at the 99 Cent Store or the Dollar Tree and have a "Portrait Night". Have each family member do a portrait of each family member. Have each family member pose at a time. Lots of fun.
8. Do a treasure hunt with items around your home or neighborhood and have the ending treat to be ice cream (Sundaes) at home.
9. Take a lot of empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls and tape them together. Try and make a large maze out of them and see if you can get a small ball to roll from one side of the house to the other.
10. Play old board games and have popcorn.
11. Make your own home like a movie theater. Set up a concession stand and give the family members hand crafted tickets to get into the movies and purchase items at the concession stand. You could play old home movies or even rent something from the Red Box.
12. Play hide and seek in the dark at night. Great fun when the power goes out. Keeps the children from being afraid.
13. Using a few art supplies, have your family write your own story and put it into a book.
14. Make up a game of "how fast can you_____?" Do as a family. Example: Take some string and see how fast you can wrap it around a tree, or how fast you can bounce a ball around a small park, or see how long you can stand on one foot, or see how long someone can balance on an exercise ball, anything will work. This gets everyone laughing and wanting to try.
15. Have a water balloon fight, but not just any water balloon fight. Get out towels and toss the water balloons back and forth.
16. Purchase some bubbles and the large wand sticks, I found these at the Dollar Tree. Take them to the park and have a picnic. Who can make the biggest bubble? What fun!
17. Set up an obstacle course in the yard. Make it as easy or hard as you want depending on your family. Have ice cream sundaes they put together themselves.
18. Set up your own Angry Birds game with supplies from your kitchen and the children's toys.
19. Set up a family talent show night. Put up a curtain and spot light and have each family member perform something. Record and show back the Talent Show. Eat popcorn will watching the show. Lots of fun!
20. Take your bikes to the beach and ride along the bike path. The path goes from Torrance Beach to Marina Del Rey. Take a break and play in the ocean.
Remember: It does not take a lot of money to find great and fun things to do as an individual, couple or family. Use your imagination!
Setup a Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Budget:
Each week add $1-$2, or more if you can, to a jar that is labeled "Family Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness". Once you have about $20, purchase items for your Food Storage and/or Emergency Preparedness Supplies. Or save longer for more expensive items like a family tent, etc.. Only purchase items that are on sale! That way your money goes further.
How much do you spend a month?
For a month keep track of everything you (both the husband and wife) purchase and the cost, every penny, everything! Keep a small sprial notebook in your pocket or purse to write down the items. At the end of the month look over the list. You will be amased at how much you spend and what things you could have done without. Eliminate those items and start a Food Storage/Emergency Preparedness Savings account or jar.
April Goals: Sanitation (purchase a portable toilet, toilet paper, baby wipes)/Add Grains, Rice, Cereals and Dry Pastas to your Food Storage
Remember: If you signed up for one of the Portable Toilets, I must have your $20 by no later than Sunday, April 29th. If I do not have your money I will not order your toilet.
1) Add another large bag of rice and large container of instant oats.
2) Add 5 packages of Baby Wipes to your Sanitaiton Supplies. Just 99 cents at the 99 Cent Store or the Dollar Tree. Or, purchase a large box of them at Costco or Sam's Club.
Our Los Angeles Dry Pack Cannery is changing their hours. They will only be open now on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-2pm by appointment only, and Saturdays from 9am-2pm, no appointment needed, but a good idea to make one anyway. The reason for this change, the members are not using the Dry Pack Cannery as much as they used to, SAD! Half of those that use the Cannery are non-members. If we do not use our Dry Pack Cannery I am afraid they may close it someday!
Food Storage Ideas:
Ways to use your stored wheat, flour, and yeast: " You may want to look into Artisan bread. Do a Google search and put in Artisan bread Zoe Star Tribune. This is a way of making Artisan bread, french bread, bread bowls, pizza crust, pita bread, etc. and it couldn't be easier. You literally put in flour, water, salt and yeast in a bucket, stir it up and let it sit for 2 hours. Cut off a piece of the dough, shape it, let it sit for 40 minutes and bake. It's hot, home made bread with a crusty outside and soft yummy bread inside. You can even put the leftover dough in the fridge and make bread every day. Give it a try!" Wendy Dewitt
Remember: Post your name and comments for our April FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing to be held Sunday, April 29th. I love your comments and ides. Keep them coming!
Thursday, April 5, 2012
General Conference was fabulous! If you were not able to hear each great talk, then go to LDS.org, click on April General Conference, and see your May Ensign issue which will be out next month. You do not want to miss a word that was spoken.
"By faith Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;...." Hebrews 11:7
Donald Halstrom, President of the Seventy spoke on Saturday morning. He spoke about the establishment of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Priesthood/Gospel by Jesus Christ. He mentioned why our church is so great and there is no other church "in all the world" like it. Why is this so, because of all the great programs in our church that help the members grow both temporally and spiritually; Temples, Missionaries, Youth Programs, Primary, Priesthood, Relief Society, Welfare System, lay leaders that selfless serve, and we are taught to be Self-Reliant. He said, "We can be active in church, but less-active in the gospel." What a profound statement.
How many of us come to church but are not active in living the gospel each day? How many of us have been warned by our General, Stake and Ward leaders to "be prepared", but still procrastinate? How many of us are Self-Reliant when it comes to providing for our self and our family in an emergency situation? How many of us are striving to obtain a 3-Month Supply, and working towards a year's supply, of food and water, and emergency supplies?
This blog is dedicated to helping each of us work towards and accomplish that goal. Use it and apply the suggestions and ideas.
April Goals: Sanitation (purchase a portable toilet, toilet paper, baby wipes)/Add Grains, Rice, Cereals and Dry Pastas to your Food Storage
Sunday Display: See the display this Sunday regarding our April Goals. Also see the sign-up sheet for the Portable Toilet (includes 6 Enzyme packages and a bag of cat liter), cost $20. I need your money no later than Sunday, April 29th.
Remember: You need a total combination of 300 pounds of grains, rice and cereals per person per year. See last weeks posting for more information about grains, rice and cereals.
1) Sanitation: Add a large package of toilet paper to your emergency supplies. Watch for sales. Costco and Sam's Club has a large package (36 rolls) for about $15.
2) Add Hard Red Wheat to your Food Storage (30+ year shelf life). You can add Whole Wheat flour to your food storage but it does not last as long, only about a year. Also needs to be sealed in some type of plastic container to keep out the moths and bugs. You should have a combination of the Hard Red Wheat and the Hard White Wheat, makes better bread.
LDS Dry Pack Cannery (in Los Angeles): Prepackaged, 5.5 pounds, #10 cans, $3.50 each, package your self, 5.8 pounds, #10 can, $3.50, 7.0 pounds, pouch, $3.75, buy in bulk to package yourself, 25 pounds, $11.45. The prices are the same for the Hard White Wheat. The bulk bags you will have to progress yourself buy sealing them in Mylar bags with Oxygen Absorbers and putting the Mylar bag in a 5 pound food grade bucket and seal with the lid. You can see how to do this on Utube. I you want to can the wheat at the Dry Pack Cannery you must call for appointment. Makes a great family activity, call to check on the ages that can go the dry pack cannery.
EmergencyEssentials.com: Either Hard Red or Hard White Wheat, #10 cans, 88 oz, $8.25, 45 pounds Superpail, $46.95, Shipping $6, $8 and $12 (the most they charge no matter how much you order).
ShelfReliance.com (Thrive): #10 cans, Hard Red White, 4.85 pounds, $7.99 and Hard White Wheat, $7.79. Bucket, 40 pounds, $49.49. Check out their website for other offers, by the case.
Costco Online: Hard White Wheat, 40 pounds, $44.99, free shipping.
Rice Prices: I did some price checking while at Costco on rice. Blue Ribbon Long Grain White Rice, 10 pounds, $3.99, 25 pounds, $8.99. Whole Grain Brown Cal Western Rice, 10 pounds, $4.99, 50 pounds, $21.99. Basmati Rice, 20 pounds, $17.99. Sam's Club prices should be very similar.
Emergency Preparedness Ideas:
I learned about two great ideas regarding burns and filtering water. I love practically ideas!
1. White Flour and Burns: Wendy Dewitt, a Food Storage expertise and speaker, learned about a burn remedy while her daughter was at Young Women Girl's Camp. She "received a 2nd degree burn on her fingertips , the cook put her hand into flour for about 10-15 minutes. It stopped the pain!" Wendy did some research on this subject and found numerous comments. "One writer said she used it when she burned her tongue. Keep a bag of flour in the fridge because the cold flour is suppose to work even better." She said many say "it is hoax, ...but she has had a first hand account of how a very safe very cheap burn remedy worked for a member of her family." No one is obligated to use it.. but she said it did work. She has not tried it on whole wheat flour yet. (Wendy Dewitt)
2. Tampons: Who knew they could work as a water filter and fire starter! Take a regular size plastic water bottle and cut the bottom off and turn with the top down. Take the tampon out of the container and fluff it. Then put the fluffed tampon in the bottle with the lid off. Pour the dirty water into the bottle and let drain through the fluffed tampon into a cup or glass. It will filter out the dirt, etc. You will still need to boil the water to drink it. To use as a fire starter, take the tampon out of the container and fluff it. Then put the fluffed tampon down under the small sticks and wood. Light the tampon with a match, it will light easily and get your fire going. Good idea to keep a few in your 72 Hour Kits.
Remember: Your comments are always welcomed! I love new ideas and experiences others have had with Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness. Post your name and comment to have your name entered into the Sunday, April 29th Monthly FREE Giveaway Drawing.