Friday, September 12, 2014

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Weekly/Monthly Assignment (Week of September 14th)

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

Thank you so much to all those your participated and helped out with our Carson Ward Emergency Preparedness Fair last Saturday, September 6th. It was a great success because of all of you who worked so hard and provided your fantastic booths. A special thank you to Emily Brown (Torrance California Stake USA) who taught how to grid wheat and make homemade wheat bread, to Teri Shimohara (Torrance California Stake USA) and Irene Varela (Long Beach California Stake USA) who taught how to cook with wheat, to Brother Sheriff Don Manumaleuna (Torrance California Stake USA) teaching the children the importance of safety and to Richard King (Huntington Beach California Stake USA)  who came and did our booth on Water Storage and Filtration. It would have not been the success it was without all of you and your dedication. Here are some photos from the Fair. Below in Emergency Preparedness Idea I have posted the websites and videos mentioned in the different presentations.

Our Pancake Breakfast prepared by the Carson Ward and Lomita Ward Bishoprics and their wives.

Emily Brown teaching how to grind wheat and make homemade wheat bread.

Richard King demonstrating Water Filtration and Water Storage.

Elders Quorum President Jeramie Alba demonstrating different ways to cook.

High Priest showing different ways to have heat. See the videos below.

High Priest showing different ways to have light and electricity with a solar generator and a gas generator. 

Our Young Men and Boys Scouts showing different  ways to build shelter and how to handle sanitation.

Food storage demonstrations and displays.

Young Women fingerprinting and emergency ID cards for the children.

A couple of our full time missionaries explaining how important it is to be spiritually prepared too and things about our church--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Our Ward Sunday School President Omar Ramil showing displays of 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks or Bug-out-bags, the Emergency Family Bag and the Emergency Cleaning Bucket.


We had a Carson California USA Sheriff come talk to our children about safety and they watched a video on fire safety. We greatly appreciated Sheriff Don Manumaleuna taking time to come to talk to them and our Primary Presidency for their great job with this booth. 

We had our Ward nurses teaching us emergency first-aid skills and displayed the Emergency Family Medical Kit.

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?
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) Antacids 

    2) Stool softener

    3) Anti-fungal ointment/cream

September 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.  

Vegetables: This month we are going to add vegetables to our food storage. Purchase vegetables each week or as you go grocery shopping. They can be commercially canned, home canning, dehydrated or even frozen. Only add the types of vegetables your family will eat. It has been proven, even in an emergency situation, people are hungry, especially children, they will not eat things they do not like. Do not waste your hard earned money by storing vegetables your family will not eat. As all canned foods, store them in a cool, dry, dark place. Store them in your cupboards, under beds, enclosed lamp and bedside tables, and in closets. The garage is too hot! Most commercially canned and home canning vegetables will last for about 2-3 years if stored properly. Dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables will store for 20-30 years if stored properly. Frozen vegetables usually only last about a year. Rotate them every time you purchase more. As always, the key to any food storage is rotation!

Monthly Assignment: Decide what vegetables you will store and how much you will need for your food storage goal, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, a year. Continue each week to add what vegetables your family will eat as you go grocery shopping.

Ways to purchase vegetables: When you go grocery shopping add a few extra commercial cans of vegetables, frozen too. Watch for sales so you can purchase even more. Watch for sales for dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables. (limited),  and have great prices on vegetables. Honeyville also has a stores in Salt Lake City and Brigham City, Utah USA, Chandler, Arizona USA and Rancho Cucamonga, California USA. You can also go to a LDS Home Storage Center in your area. Click on the order form for prices on the right. You can order them online too.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Please check out the websites and videos from our Emergency Preparedness Fair regarding things that were shared.

1) How to build a solar cooker:

Supplies you will need:

1) Recycled satellite dish antenna
2) 6" x 12" x  3/4" plywood or plank
3) 2" wood dowel 8-12 inches long
4) Aluminum foil
5) Elmer's craft glue

Procedure: Remove the sensors arm from the antenna, wipe the dish clean, spread glue with a brush evenly and apply the aluminum foil evenly avoiding wrinkles as mush as possible. Screw the wood dowel to the center of the plank and attach it to the antenna via antenna base clamp. To learn how to use it properly, view the video below.

 2) How to build a flower pot heater


1) 6 inch clay pot
2) 4 inch clay pot
3) 6 inch clay saucer
4) 24 inch 3/8-16 threaded rod
5) 8-12, 3/8-16 hex nuts
6) 8-12, 3/8 flat washers
7) 10 inch utility wire
8) candles

Assembly: View the video below.

3) Paper Brickett 


1) scrap paper (newspaper, store adds, flyers, junk mail, etc.)
2) Recycled 5 gallon paint bucket with water
3) Deep pasta strainer (optional)
4) Recycled can (to be used as a press or as shown in the video)

Instructions: Watch the video below. 


2) Cooking with wheat: A great book that was displayed at the Cooking with Wheat booth. I found it listed at different companies online for a variety of prices. Walmart--$11.97,$13.71, Barnes and Noble--$13.64, Target--$15.25 and Deseret Books--$17.95. I love this cook
book, has many recipes and how to cook with your long term food storage.

3) One of my favorite websites. Great prices, products, low shipping cost and great ideas on their blog under education.

Next week I will share some more ideas from the Emergency Preparedness Fair. 

Comments: Please share your comments, ideas and experiences below. We all learn from each other.

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