Thursday, August 29, 2013

Weekly Assignment, Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Ideas (Week of September 1st)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

What can we learn...

What can we learn from the Katrina Hurricane in Louisiana, USA?
What can we learn from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan?
What can we learn from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri, USA?
What can we learn from the neighbor down the street who lost his job and has no savings?
What can we learn from civil unrest and Marshall Law being implemented?
What can we learn from devastating wildfires?
What can we learn from a pandemic?
What can we learn from when our children are crying because there is no food to eat or water to drink?

What can we learn? We can learn how well prepared we are as an individual and family or how unprepared we are if any one of these types of situations happened to us. Do we need to wait until we experience one of these situations ourselves to know how well or not we are prepared? Where do you want to be? How much do we love our family?

In the past we have seen and heard how it has taken days, weeks, months before someone can come to help. In some cases it has been years!When there is a disaster situation the food and water trucks, medical teams and search and rescue teams can usually not get in to help for days, even weeks. You will be alone! You need to be prepared at all times!

Just recently in the news in Northern California, USA, we have been hearing and watching how the northern California wildfire near Yosemite could effect the main water source for the San Francisco area. Heavy ash from the wildfire is falling into their main water reservoir and dam. What can you lean from this? Would you have emergency water on hand to take care of your family's needs? Do you have a water filtration system like the Seychelle Water Pump to filter the contaminated water 99.9999% of all bacteria and contaminants? Would the stores empty quickly from fear of no water? What would you do? Or, are you prepared and your family will have food to eat and clean water to drink?

Weekly Assignment: 72 Hour Individual Emergency Personal Stressor Kit

This week add the following:  

1) Favorite Reading Book (soft cover, age appropriate, or small child's favorite book) for each family member's Stressor Kit. 

So far you should have the following in each family member's Stressor Kit--paper pad and pen or pencil with sharpener, 5-in-1 survival whistle, copies of insurance (adults only), family photo, activity book (age appropriate), list of family contact names and phone numbers, small travel size board game or card game (age appropriate) and a small soft cover Book of Mormon or Bible. We only have one more item to add next week. 

Note: If you have missed any of the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Kits and items in each Kit you can go back to the week of December 30th to complete the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Personal Food Kit, Personal Hygiene Kit and the Stressor Kit. Each week an assignment was give to add one to two items to the kit we were working on. All these kits are placed in a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for each family member in your household. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

What is Paracord and why is it important to have it in your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Kit or Family Bag?

Paracord (Parachute cord) is a lightweight nylon rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. This versatile cord in now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians.The paracord is made of 7 inner strands covered by a braided sheath which can hold up to 550 pounds of weight. Paracord has become very popular as bracelets. You can purchase the paracord separate or in a bracelet form (a little more expensive). The bracelet is usually about 7 feet of paracord. There are many uses of paracord or paracord bracelets in an emergency situation, see the link below.

Click on the link and see how to make your own paracord bracelet. Or, you can purchase them from sporting good stores, survival stores, and some department stores in the camping section.

See 39 emergency uses for paracord by clicking on this link--Emergency Uses of Paracord.
Comments: All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome! We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments. 


  1. I like that paracord and can't make it so I'll probably buy one from that Surplus Store in Gardena on Figueroa. Thanks for the warnings regarding the natural disasters and what would we do if we aren't prepared. I'm so behind in my ER supplies & 72 Hour Kits! Thank you for the information.

  2. The Important thing is that we work at it a little at time. None of us can do it all at once. Just remember to never give up. Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness is a life time process. Set small goals to reach your ultimate goal, being prepared.