Monday, July 14, 2014

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Weekly/Monthly Assignments (Week of July 20th)

Hi Carson Ward Family, Torrance Stake Family, Family and Friends,

Taking a break . . .

I will be taking a break from the blog for about three weeks. I will be back the week of August 10th. For the mean time go back to June 1st and follow through to July 20th to catch up on the Emergency Family Medical Kit/Bag and continue to keeping track of what and how much your family eats in the month of July. If you want to get started August 1st on the August Monthly Assignment--Food Storage--Vegetables go ahead. Add either or both canned or dehydrated/freeze-dried vegetables to your Food Storage. Only add the vegetables your family will eat.

Travel/Vacation Preparedness 

This time of year many of us take vacations and travel either by plane or car. We are should be prepared for what may come our way during this time and while away from home to ensure our comfort and safety during the trip.

Things to consider . . .

1) First-aid: Have a good first-aid kit in your car and/or suit case. Keep a small one in your backpack while site seeing. Which should include pain relievers, and other medications you might need, especially prescription medications.

2) Documents: Keep copies of all your important documents while traveling, Passport, Social Security card, Driver's License or State ID card, car insurance card, tickets, picture of travel companions, emergency contact information (names and phone numbers), printed maps of where you are going, health insurance card and traveler's insurance card. If flying, keep one set of copies with your carry on bag. If driving, keep one set of copies in your car and one set of copies in your suit case. You can reduce the size of the cards by shrinking them to fit on one or two pages. Keep traveler's checks safe and copies of the receipt for them.

3) Sanitation: Personal hygiene items as allowed on the plane and in your car. I put all bottles like shampoo, etc in zip lock plastic bags just in case they leak. Children's items such as diapers, etc. Wash cloth or wipes, sanitation lotion, laundry bag (I just use a large plastic trash bag).


4) Communications : Cell phones along with their chargers, iPads, and all needed electronic devises with their chargers. Small portable battery operated radio to hear emergency broadcast. Whistle with cord to hang around your neck or put on your key ring. If trapped, they will hear the whistle and your voice will give out.

5) Food and Water: Keep emergency food and water in your car in case you become trapped or are lost. When sight seeing keep snacks and water in your backpacks. Snacks, child care items (formula, milk, snacks, etc.). If flying empty your filtered water bottle, go through security and then refill before getting on the plane. Go to and order the Seychelle water filtration bottles. They filter out 99.9999% of all bacteria and contaminants. If traveling by car, keep several bottles of water in your car. It is great to have a water filtration water bottle with you. That way you can filter all the water where ever you are. 

6) Money: If flying and carrying cash, keep cash in your carry on bag, your purse and/or wallet, not in the bags to be checked in. Keep the cash in different places. Same thing for Traveler's Checks. Keep bank cards and debit cards secure. When paying by credit card do not let your card our of your sight. Do not use your debit card while traveling, easy access to your account, use only Visa or other credit cards. Carry personal checks as needed. Contact your bank or credit card companies to let them know you will be traveling and where so they will not stop your card(s) in fear of them being stolen or lost. Keep the card phone numbers in your wallet, purse, carry on bag or other bags in case they are stolen so you can call them immediately to report the loss and stop the activity on your cards.


7) Special Items for Car Travel: Extra set of car keys, car emergency kit, flashlight, tools (screw driver, pliers, hammer, etc.), extra batteries, blanket, jumper cables, motor oil, anti-freeze, window washing fluid, spare tire, sand or cat litter (winter travel, helps you get your car out when stuck by pouring it behind the wheel, gives you good traction), small shovel you can fold.

8) Special Items for Flying: Keep a small LED flashlight on your key chain or in your carry on bag with extra batteries. A whistle on your keys or around your neck to help others locate you in an emergency


9) Clothing: If flying, keep a set of clothes for each family member in the carry on bag. Take along the right type of clothing for the season and place you are going. Take a jacket or sweater, sun hat or baseball cap, good pair of walking shoes, if hiking a good pair of heavy shoes, rain gear if you will be where it will rain.

10) Stress Relievers: Books to read (for all ages traveling with you), scriptures, activity books for children, cross word puzzle book, etc.

11) Additional Items: Extra pair of reading glasses, contact lenses and solution, small eye glass repair kit, ear plugs, plastic gallon size trash bags.

To print out a detailed Travel Preparedness Checklist from click on here.

Have a fun safe trip!

Weekly Assignment: Family Emergency Medical Kits
Many of us have some sort of medical supplies in our homes like band-aids, alcohol, peroxide, anti-infection creams, pain killers, etc.. Some of us have limited first-aid kits in our cars and home that we probably have not checked in months, years. Medications do expire!

If there was a major disaster or emergency situation would you have the proper emergency medical supplies to take care of you, your family and help your neighbors. I would say most of us do not! Right?

The next few weeks we are going to work on our Family Emergency Medical Kit. We have done this before but I am sure there are some of you who did not do it, never completed it and some things need to be replaced due to expiration dates.  Some of these items can be found at discount stores and drug stores. Make sure you check the expiration dates before purchasing them, you want them to last for at least a year or more.

Note: Make sure you keep this out of the reach of your young children and explain to the family is your Family Emergency Medical Kit/Supplies. If you need to use an items from it, make sure you replace it right away!
This week add the following:
1) Box of Latex gloves: You can purchase these at or most drug stores like CVS, Rite Aid, etc. You may want to purchase different sizes, large and medium. They are $8.75 for a box of 150 at  plus $6 for shipping. Order with a friend to save on the shipping.


2) Alcohol: 2-3 bottles, 70%+, the higher the percentage the better.

July Monthly Assignment . . . Food Storage

For the next several months we are going to work on Food Storage. Each month we will work on one aspect of food storage, canned vegetables, fruits, soups, packages items like pastas, pancake mixes, etc., and many other items. Hopefully, with this process you will discover how easy it is to set up and add to your food storage.   

This month do the following:

Go back to July 6th to see more information and how to track what your family eats in a month. There is a great chart there to help you keep track. Keep track of what your family eats for a whole month including meals, when you eat out and snacks. Include all the ingredients it takes to make each meal.

When it comes to Food Storage keep is simple so it becomes an every day part of your life! 

Fall Vegetable Gardening

Before you know it Fall will be here and it will be time to plant your Fall garden. I found a great resource regarding Fall gardens, what to plant and when to plant for your region from Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Click here to see the information. 
Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Food Storage Idea . . . Freezing Nuts

Many people ask if you can freeze nut. You can. Click here to learn how to freeze nuts.

If an emergency happened right this minute, how would you fare? Would you be able to take care of your family by yourself? How self-reliant would you be? How long could you be on your own? Sit down as a family and assess your needs, Family Home Evening is a great time to do this. Assess what you already have and what you need to acquire in each of these areas . . .
72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks
72 Hour Emergency Family Bag
Emergency Family Medical Kit/Bag
Emergency Lighting
Emergency Cooking
Emergency Sanitation
Emergency Shelter
Food and Water
Evacuation Plan 
Out of State Contact Person
Home Fire Plan
Emergency money on hand in small bills ($1, $5, $10) and change
Basic First-aid skills

Remember, it only takes a second for things to change. How prepared are you?

Comments: Please post your comments below. Share your personal experiences with food and water storage and emergency preparedness. We can all learn from each other.

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