Friday, January 10, 2014

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Weekly Assignment (Week of January 12th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Faith and Hope...A Part of Emergency Preparedness
As I have mentioned before, spiritual preparedness is just as important as temporal preparedness (food storage, water storage, emergency supplies,  medical supplies, etc.). In this month's Ensign, January 2014, there is a great article, "Face the Future With Faith and Hope" by Elder M. Russell Ballard (Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), pages 25-29. I would like to quote some of this article below...

"The conditions in the world are uncertain and dangerous, and the economies of the world are unstable and unpredictable.

We should not be surprised at these circumstances of our time because the scriptures and prophecies about our day testify of what will happen in the world if people turn their backs on God. We will yet experience more unpleasant things, for the devil continues his attempts to accomplish his evil designs.

The calming and assuring words spoken by the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith came to mind: 'Be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours..., and the riches of eternity are yours' (Doctrine and Covenants 78:18)."

Note: To read the entire article click on the title link above.

This past year, 2013, the world has faced hurricanes, typhoons, tsunamis, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wars, droughts, extreme heat and extreme cold weather. Through all these disasters it was the faith and hope in Jesus Christ that helped these people get through these devastating events in their lives. Yes, their temporal preparedness also helped, it helped a lot, but many lost their emergency supplies, but it was their faith and hope that got them through these experiences and is still helping them.

Personally some of us have experienced the loss of a child, a spouse or a loved one, the loss of a job, the loss of our home,  health issues and economic issues. But it is through being spiritual prepared ahead of time and our faith and hope in Jesus Christ that helps us get through these trails.

If we stay close to the spirit and spiritually prepared the Lord will lead us. Just like He did when the 10 LDS Sister Missionaries who were caught in the 2013 Philippines typhoon.

How do we become spiritually prepared? 

Through personal daily prayer, reading the scriptures daily, obeying God's commandments, being a full tithe payer, and developing an unshakable faith in Jesus Christ. 

"Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring us joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us. My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith." (President Thomas S. Monson, "Be of Good Cheer," Ensign, May 2009, page 92.)

I found  a great article by President Henry B. Erying titled "Spiritual Preparedness...Start Early and Be Steady". To read this entire article click on the title link.

I hope each of us this new year 2014 will take the time to become spiritually and temporally prepared for what ever might come our way. Remember, "If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear".

I found this wonderful Mormon Message video. "How can you find true peace and comfort when change and confusion in the world becomes overwhelming? You can find solace by turning to God in prayer. Learn how the words from the hymn 'Abide with Me' can strengthen you during times of despair."

Weekly Assignment: Emergency Family Bag
The week add the following:

1) Venture 6 Tool (converts from shovel to a saw, hammer and hatchet. Also, pulls nails and opens bottles) You can purchase this item at for $15.95 plus tax, $6 shipping. Maybe go in with a friend or two to save on shipping cost.

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, insect repellent, small tool kit (regular and Philips screw drivers, wrench, pliers, small hammer), and the Venture 6 Tool above. See previous blog postings for information regarding these items and where to purchase them. 

In the next few weeks we will add the following: Hand can opener (if you have cans that will need opening), extra large water proof tarp, 2 mess kits, wet stone (for sharpening blades), basic chow set (fork. spoon, knife), crow bar, small sewing kit, small hand mirror, compass, good set of Walkie Talkies. Note: You may already have the small hand mirror and compass if you ordered the 5 in 1 Whistle when we did this in Carson Ward, on

Monthly Assignment: Emergency Cooking Equipment with Required Fuel

This month purchase some source of a way to cook if you could not use your stove, oven or microwave. It could be a Butane 1-2 burner stove with several cans of Butane fuel, a Coleman stove with several containers of propane, a charcoal BBQ with several bags of charcoal (including matches, kindling and charcoal lighting fluid if not the self-lighting type), a gas BBQ with extra cans of propane, a fire pit with wood, or a solar oven. For ideas regarding cooking equipment check out the posting under "Postings", or click on the link,"Cooking, Heating and Lighting".

Note: I have found a one burner Butane stove for about $15-$20 at some discount stores. The cans of fuel are about $1.50. 

If you already have one of these sources of cooking then check them to make sure they are working properly, purchase any additional fuel you might need so you can cook for 2-4 weeks, gather everything together and put in a safe place in your back yard storage shed or garage It is a good idea to use these items before a disaster or emergency situation happens. Remember:  Propane, by California law and for safety purposes, has to be stored away from your house, not in your storage shed or garage.

If you already have one of these sources of cooking equipment, possibly consider purchasing another type of cooking equipment with the needed fuel. It is a good idea to have more than one source of emergency cooking.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas:

Another great idea for using Mason canning jars for long term this!

A few months ago I shared a way to use Mason canning jars to preserve our long term storage grains. I just found out there is another way too.

Using Mason jars and oxygen absorbers couldn't be easier and doesn't require any special equipment. Put your product in a Mason jar, place 1 or 2 - 300cc oxygen absorbers in with the food and put on a new lid and screw the band tightly. It will take approximately 30 minutes for the air to be removed and top to "plink". You will need to decide if you have enough storage area for this method, it will take a lot of area to store 50 pounds of rice this way. You can purchase the oxygen absorbers on the Internet, carries them, but the lowest they have is 500cc. You could use just one 500cc oxygen absorders instead of 2 300cc ones. You can store this way for 10-20 years depending on the temperature. Keep these jars in a cool, dry, dark place. These would be easy to place under beds in a box or under bed plastic containers.

Note: This type of long storage method can only be used for wheat, rice, sugar, oats, beans and legumes, other grains, and flour. Important: Be careful with baking mixes that contain oils, shortening, brown sugar or other ingredients that may have moisture in them, they will go rancid quickly. You cannot use this method for whole wheat pastas or brown rice, too much oil content. Keep those types of pastas and rice in a plastic zip lock bag in their original package. Will keep up to 1-2 years.

Another way is Oven Canning for Long Term Storage which I have shown how to do before. Clink on the "link" to see how to do this type of Mason jar long term canning.  There are some great mix recipes too.

Quinoa...Another great grain and how to can for long term storage

Quinoa has become a very popular new food item which can be used in many ways. It is great for people who are gluten intolerant. It is high in protein and essential amino acids. I have been enjoying cooking with it and trying new recipes. I have not been able to find it in large quantities other than at Costco, 4 pound bags for about $11. For awhile I have been wondering if you can store quinoa for a long time, it has a oil content similar to brown rice. The bags I purchased at Costco give the expiration date a year from the purchase date. After some research I ran across an emergency preparedness blog which tells how to store quinoa for a longer period of time, unfortunately this blog just did their last posting. Click on "Quinoa" . It stores up to 8 years, possibly longer.No one has stored it longer than that so far.

5 methods you might consider for Dry Pack Canning...
  • Mason Jars with oxygen absorbers
  • FoodSaver machine with bags or Mason Jar attachment
  • Food grade buckets with Mylar bags and oxygen absorbers
  • PETE Bottles with oxygen absorbers
  •  #10 cans from a LDS Church  Home Storage Center or from other companies like,,,, etc. (dehydrated or freeze-dried)
Each week I am going to discus one the these methods. Next week we will discus using a FoodSaver machine.

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

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for my Venture 6 tool! I asked my daughter where did it come from and she said, it's for you?! She didn't tell me you or someone from church gave it to us. I'm excited about increasing my faith and hope that I get my 72 hr emergency packs completed this month and then planning for 3 month supplies. I love all your tips and advice. I don't think I've ever tasted quinoa, but read that it's very healthy for you. Thank you for sharing that this month!