Thursday, May 15, 2014

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Weekly/Monthly Assignments (Week of May 18th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Family and Friends,

Food Insurance. . .

How many of us have Homeowners, Condo, Renters, Earthquake and/or Flood Insurance to protect our homes and our precious things? How many of us have Auto Insurance to protect our vehicles, liability and injury to others? How many of us have Health Insurance to help with our medical expenses? How many of us have Life Insurance to provide for our loved ones when we are gone?

Why do we not have Food Insurance?

What is Food Insurance? It is a 1-Month, 3-Months, 6-Months, or even a Year's supply of emergency food and water to provide for and protect our family, our loved ones.

Last Sunday in Sunday School we were studying and discussing Numbers 21-31. We read a verse that caught my eye. In Numbers 21:5 we read, "And the people spake against God, and against Moses. Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread."

In class I likened this unto food and water storage, of course. We are admonished to liken the scriptures unto us in our day. Many times those in natural disasters murmur against God (Heavenly Father) for their circumstances, "Why did you let this happen to us". They also complain against their local and federal governments for not providing for their needs immediately. Then we murmur about the food and water we do not have. In this scripture they not only complained about not having "no bread" nor "water", but they also murmured about only having "light bread" to eat. A warning, do not just store beans and rice, but have a variety of foods, not only dehydrated beans and rice, but canned and dehydrated vegetables, meats and fruits. Also, water storage, which we are working on right now. This is our "Food Insurance" to protect and provide for our family. If we do our part, Heavenly Father will do his part. It boils down to "obedience"!

A Warning Regarding Disasters. . .   

For those of us who live in Los Angeles County, California USA, or anywhere in the United States, or the world, I would like to quote from a booklet called the "County of Los Angeles Emergency Survival Guide". This can be applied to all of us everywhere. It states,

"The Los Angeles region (as are many areas) is subject to various destructive emergencies including earthquakes, flood, landslides, wild fires, tornadoes, urban fires, tsunamis, hazardous material releases, terrorism, and civil unrest. Major earthquakes have occurred in Southern California causing damage to the County in 1933, 1971, 1987 and 1994. A recent report by a working group of respected scientists estimates an 86% probability of a magnitude 7.0 or greater earthquake in southern California over the next 30 years.

Emergency situations become disasters when they overwhelm the resources here to protect our community. In  a disaster, County departments will do everything possible to provide assistance to residents. However, large disasters may completely overwhelm our responders with multiple incidents and completing public safety needs. First responders will need to focus their efforts in the areas where they can do the most good - helping severely endangered people and heavily impacted areas first. It is possible, even likely, that some areas may not get professional assistance for days after a disaster has occurred.

A major disaster can leave hundreds, possibly thousands, of people homeless and strain food, water and shelter resources for all emergency response and support agencies." (Chief Executive Office, Office of Emergency Management)

This is why we need to be prepared! So many of us think the local and federal government will come in and save you with food, water and shelter. Plan on being alone and having to take care of your family with food, water, shelter and medical supplies. You will also need to help your neighbors and friends. It may not only takes days, but months! This is why I stress so much about being prepared to take care of your own family. If you are not prepared, there is not a better time than now to start!

California Drought and Other States . . . 

As you already know, those of us in California USA and other USA states are facing a severe drought. We need to converse water the best we can. A friend's daughter expressed concern to her regarding the drought and they needed to store water. Even our children are aware of the situations we face. 

Now is the time to store water. It could get much worse and severe water rationing could become a part of our immediate future. Do whatever you can to store water now. The next several weeks we are working on water storage. Go back to May 4th and May 11th to see the first postings on water storage.  

45 Ways to Conserve Water . . .

Click here for 45 ways to conserve water.

Other ways to conserve water in extreme water rationing or emergency situations . . .


1) Use non rinse shampoo


2) Use baby wipes for cleanup. 

Weekly Assignment: Water Storage

One of the most important things we can have in our Food Storage is WATER! We can live without food for several days (30-40 days), but we can only live without water for about 2-3 days. We use water in many ways; drinking, cooking, bathing, laundry, cleaning, watering our vegetable garden and gardens, re-hydrating our dehydrated and freeze dried food storage, etc. The next few weeks we are going to work on Water Storage.

This week do the following:

1) Continue to add water to your emergency supplies (either in water barrels, waterbricks, and/or plastic water bottles)


2) Have some type of water filtration pump, bottles and/or pitchers.  (Click here to see different types of water filtration equipment. I especially love the Seychelle Water Filtration pumps and bottles mentioned. Scroll down to read about these. They filter out 99.9999% containment of all bacteria.Our church uses these for all their missionaries in the filled and the military uses they for their soldiers.)

3) If you store water in the large 55 gallon barrels have a water siphon pump. We purchased our at a major disaster preparedness store for about $10. You can also find them online. Click here on how to use a siphon hose.

Remember to replace the water according to how you are storing it. If you use it, replace it immediately. For more information on Emergency Water Storage click here.

May Monthly Assignment: Fire Safety

This month we are going to work on fire safety.  

How many of you have a fire escape plan in your home? Are you aware of the fire escape plan at work and how to get out of your building? Do you know how to put out different types of fires out? Do you know how to put out a car fire? This month we will be discussing all of these questions and the things you need to have in your home to protect your family and home.

Go back to May 4th and  May 11th to see information on fire safety for your family and home. Also to watch a great video for the whole family on fire safety.

This week do the following:

If you have not made a family home fire escape plan and practiced it, please do so by this week. It will save lives. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Food Storage and food shortages . . .

Many times throughout our history food has either been short in supply or rationed. During and at the end of the United States Civil War there was very little food. During The Great Depression no one had money to purchase what food was available. People stood in long lines for just a little soup. Men roamed the country side looking for work to provide for their families. During the Great Dust Bowl in the Midwest, the farmers could not produce food and most of them were forced to move West for jobs and to start new farms. During World War II there was food rationing in the United States. I remember my mother and grandparents
talking about some foods you could not find, some food items you could only purchase with food rationing stamps. Many times they went without. Sometimes they only had the food they could produce in their "Victory Gardens" or hunt for. Times have been tough throughout our history. Times can get tough again!

Why not have some extra food on hand for those tough times? Why wait until it is too late? Why not start now? Just a few extra cans or packages of food each time you go grocery shopping will add quickly, quicker than you realize.

Epsom Salt . . .

Epsom Salt is a great item to have in your Emergency Family Medical Kit/Box or your bathroom cupboard.

Click here to read 21 great ways to use Epsom Salt, anywhere from medical, cleaning, gardening and pest control.  

Comments: Please post a comment below. All your comments, ideas, suggestions and experiences are welcome and greatly appreciated. We all learn from each other. Thank you for your comments.

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