Friday, September 14, 2012

Weekly Assignment, Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Ideas (Week of September 16th)

Dear Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

National Emergency Preparedness Month


"The revelation to store food may be as essential to our temporal salvation today as boarding the Ark was to the people in the days of Noah." Ezra Taft Benson

"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." Brigham Young

Wow! It has been three years, August 1, 2010, since I started this blog to help our Ward members, family and friends to become better prepared both temporally and spiritually. I know some of you are using the information found here to help your family, but I also know there are many who are not. I have tried to create this blog to simplify emergency preparedness and food storage. To show you you can do it! You just need to start. Please share this blog with family, friends and neighbors. The blog is now reaching throughout the United States and into Russia, Canada, England, France and a few other countries.


As quoted above, "it wasn't raining when Noah built the ark." Many people at the time of Noah thought he was crazy, they laughed at him and thought it foolish to built such a large ship, there was no rain. They would not listen to the counsel he had been given by the Lord, to prepare. But when the rains began and the flooding started, they pounded on the ark to get it, but it was too late. They had not heeded the words of the Lord, they had not prepared temporally and spiritually.

We too have been warned and warned by our prophets, general authorities and leaders to get ready, to have water and food storage. Many years ago it was a year's supply, which it still is, but our leaders lowered it to three months, thinking this might be easier for some to accomplish, and then continue until you have a year's supply. Listen to their counsel...

“Maintain a year's supply. The Lord has urged that his people save for the rainy days, prepare for the difficult times, and put away for emergencies, a year's supply or more of bare necessities so that when comes the flood, the earthquake, the famine, the hurricane, the storms of life, our families can be sustained through the dark days. How many of us have complied with this? We strive with the Lord, finding many excuses: We do not have room for storage. The food spoils. We do not have the funds to do it. We do not like these common foods. It is not needed -- there will always be someone to help in trouble. The government will come to the rescue. And some intend to obey but procrastinate.”   (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 375)
 "We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing and where possible fuel for at least one year. We have not laid out an exact formula for what should be stored. However, we suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life, such as grains, legumes, sugar, salt, cooking oil, powdered milk, and water. Most families can achieve and maintain this basic level of preparedness. The decision to do more than this rests with the individual. We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear." The First Presidency
What if...
What if you went to the grocery store and found the shelves empty? What if you had to evacuate in 15 minutes? What if there was no good running drinking water? What would you do? If you have not already, please start today in storing food, water and emergency supplies for you and your family! President Gordon B. Hinckly stated, "Are these perilous times? They are. But there is no need to fear. We can have peace in our hearts and peace in our homes" (October 2001 General Conference). There is peace in knowing we are prepared!
Weekly FREE Monthly Giveaway Drawing Question: What warnings to our church leaders give us? Please email the answer to Please include your name in the email if not in your email address.
September Goals: Emergency Supplies and Adding Breakfast Items to your Food Storage
Weekly Assignment...Emergency Supplies:

Check the last two week's blog postings, September 2nd and 9th, for emergency supplies you and your family will need in case of an emergency situation. Assess what you have and what you need. Set goals as a family or with another family member or friend to acquire the items you need. What will you do if a disaster hits, would you be able to take care of yourself for 1-3 months?
Weekly Assignment...Adding Breakfast Items to your Food Storage:

This week add more breakfast items from the list on the September 2nd posting. To determine how much you will need per family member per month, keep a list of the breakfast items your family eats in a month, then multiply by the number of months you have set for your goal, example three months. Remember to include items for family members, such a baby or an elderly person, that may eat differently than the rest of the family.
New Emergency Preparedness Website:
Food For Health International has created a new emergency preparedness website at  . Some of there prices are higher than other companies, but they have high quality food and other items. Watch for sales. Also, watch the great video on their website.
Because this month is National Emergency Preparedness Month many emergency preparedness and food storage companies have many items on sale, click on the links, (,, (Costco Online), and the link above.
Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Ideas:
Last week I mention a book, "Dinner Is In The Jar". See the September 2nd and 9th postings to see more about this book and how to put together a "dinner in a jar or Mylar pouch". Here is another great recipe... Remember, if you make the dish for your family, then make up three jars or Mylar pouches for your 90 day supply.
Pea and Lentil Soup
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons split peas
1/4 cup _ 2 tablespoons lentils
1/4 cup + tablespoons barley
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons macaroni
2 tablespoons rice
1 1/2 teaspoon bouillon
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons celery flakes
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon butter powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1 tablespoon tomato powder
1 bay leaf (slide along the side of the jar)
Add-On: 8 cups water and 1 pound cooked beef (optional)
Directions: Remove the oxygen absorber if the ingredients are in a Mylar pouch. Empty jar or Mylar bag into soup pot. Add cooked meat and water. Bring to a boil. Cover. Lower heat and simmer for 40-50 minutes. Note: Also delicious without the meat.

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