Friday, December 6, 2013

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Weekly Assignment (Week of December 8th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

"Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them."          Ezekiel 38:7

This scripture is a commandment from God. We are admonished to liken the scriptures unto. As I read this scripture I thought about how it is our responsibility to take care of ourselves and our family. In this scripture I  interpret "company" to mean our family and anyone we are responsible for. We are also responsible for their protection and the protection of our food storage and emergency supplies. Since this is a blog about emergency preparedness I also liken it to our food storage and emergency supplies. It is our responsibility to be prepared for what ever may come our way, to provide food, water and protection for our family, not our Ward family, neighbors, our community, nor the government. We should not boast or tell others how much we have but warn them to be prepared.

I genuinely  care about each of you and your families. I want you to be prepared, be aware of your surrounds, what is going on in your community and country, have the things you will need to take care of your family if there is no food or water or emergency supplies, and to protect your family.


Please use this blog to help you in your emergency preparedness goals. This year, 2013, has been a year with great devastation around the world, but at the same time it has been a great year. I pray this emergency preparedness blog has help you and your family and loved ones become better prepared, and will continue to help you. Remember, it only takes a second for things to change! Strive to be as prepared as you can. Preparedness brings peace of mind. Thank you for your support and comments throughout the year. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year with your family!

Weekly Assignment: Emergency Family Bag

Because we are all busy with our holiday and Christmas activities I am taking a break from the weekly assignments. This will give you an opportunity to catch up on the previous things we have added to our Emergency Family Bags. Go back to the week of October 20th  and follow through until December 1st to see the information on the items we have added so far.

 So far you should have the following in your Family Emergency Bag: Portable regular or solar radio with extra batteries, street maps of local areas/cities, emergency flares and candles, water proof matches, 2 heat cells, flat fuel folding stove, a first-aid kit with a first-aid book, sun block and insect repellent. See previous blog postings for information regarding these items and where to purchase them. 

 Suggestions for Stocking Stuffers: 

Any small items that would go into your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.  Go back to December 30, 2012 through to September 22, 2013 to see what items you could add as stocking stuffers.

Christmas Gift Idea:

Why not give canned foods as a present? Give each family member $5-$10 and have them purchase canned foods for your food storage. It may be their favorites. Have them wrap them up, put them under the Christmas and family members will unwrap them on Christmas morning (or the evening, which ever you do) to see what items they have chosen to add to the family's food storage. Great way to add to your food storage and have fun doing it.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas:

Did you know if you do not open bottles of pain relievers, and keep them in a cool dry dark place, like Advil, Tylenol, aspirin, they will keep for 15 years?

Note: Sorry this blog posting is short this time. Need to get back to my Christmas decorating, wrapping gifts and Christmas baking.

A Christmas Wish...

I hope all of you have a wonderful Christmas with your family and loved ones. Spending time together and making wonderful memories. May you enjoy the magic of Christmas and celebrating the birth of our Savior,
Jesus Christ. May your families be safe, well and prepared!

Taking a Break...We will be back December 29th. Keep preparing!

Comments: All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome! We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments. 


  1. Giving emergency items for Christmas is a great idea, many times one struggles on deciding what to buy as a Christmas or birthday gift for someone we care about because we want to give something usefull (struggling to find something to give is an indication that we have too much) and yet emergency items are things we all need but fail to get because our priorities are all mixed-up

  2. I agree with giving emergency items for gifts. It helps those that receive them to be
    prepared. Thanks for the tip about the pain relievers lasting 15 years if unopened & kept in a cool dry dark place.