Friday, September 26, 2014

Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness and Weekly/Monthly Assignments (Week of September 28th)

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

Prayer and Hymns . . .

Did You Think to Pray?

Ere you left your room this morning,
Did you think to pray?
In the name of Christ, our Savior,
Did you sue for loving favor
As a shield today?
When your heart was filled with anger,
Did you think to pray?
Did you plead for grace, my brother,
That you might forgive another
Who had crossed your way?
When sore trials came upon you,
Did you think to pray?
When your soul was full of sorrow,
Balm Of Gilead did you borrow
At the gates of day?


Oh, how praying rest the weary!
Prayer will change the night to day.
So, when life gets dark and dreary,
Don't forget to pray.

(Hymnal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, hymn #140)

As Mormon pioneers and other pioneers treked across the plains to the Great Salt Lake Valley in Utah and
the West they faced many hardships, trails, challenges, discouragements, loss of loved ones, and exhaustion. As they walked along their path they sang hymns, by their campfires at night they sang hymns and prayed for comfort and courage to complete their journey.

In my almost 65 years of life, prayer and hymns have brought me comfort, peace and understanding. When I lost loved ones and have faced trails it has been through prayer and hymns that I found peace. As I have watched natural disasters unfold throughout the world, I have noticed those that prayed and through their faith were able to handle their trails and challenges much better. Singing hymns can also bring comfort and peace to us.

When the 10 LDS sister missionaries in the Philippines where hit by the typhoon that hit their area they prayed. They were comforted and received inspiration as what they should do. There are countless personal stories of how prayer and singing hymns helped in times of trail and disaster.

72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack Kit, The Stressor Kit: Besides a small pocket size copy of the Bible and/or Book of Mormon each of us should have a small pocket size copy of our church hymns in our Stressor Kit. If you have children you should have a small copy of the LDS Children's Song book. They will bring peace and comfort to us at a difficult time.

When faced in a disaster or trail, "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness (dedication, perseverance) in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope" (Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 31: 20)  That  steadfastness and hope in Christ can come from prayer and singing the hymns.

Weekly Assignment: Emergency Family Medical Kit

The past few weeks we have been working on our Emergency Family Medical Kit. We are almost done with it. To go back to the beginning go to the week of June 1st. Follow through each week to see what items we have added and why it is important to have this kit as part of your emergency preparedness supplies.

This week add the following: 

1) Dihebdyramine (Benadryl): This is an antihistamine used for hives, allergic rhinitis, etc. Purchase as needed for your family, adult and/or children You can get this in pill or liquid forms.

2) Epi Pen: For sever allergic reactions (insects, food). Requires a prescription. Make sure you read the instructions before using it.                                                                                    

Last week for adding vegetables to our Food Storage

September Monthly Assignment . . . Food Storage
Vegetables . . .

This month we are adding 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!

This week do the following . . .

Continue to add commercially canned, commercially dehydrated and frozen vegetables to your food storage. See the previous September blog postings for September 7th, 14th and the 21st for more information.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Documents and Keys

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services - Emergency Disaster Services Section has created a great 25 page booklet titled "Get Ready Stay Ready, Personal Preparedness Challenge 2014". They suggest the following . . .

"Make copies of all the suggested important documents and store with your Disaster Kit. It is also a great idea to make an extra set to give to a friend or family member outside of your home and immediate city. Extra sets of keys and some cash are also highly recommended. Without electricity, ATM's will not dispense cash."

Personal Identification
Cash and coins
Credit cards
Cell phone
Extra set of house keys and car keys

Copies of the following:
Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate
Driver's License
Social Security cards
Inventory of household goods (including picture of your home including all rooms, new editions and valuable items)
Insurance papers (medical, homeowner's, auto, etc.)
Immunization records
Bank and credit card account numbers
Stocks and bonds
Emergency contact list and phone numbers
Map of the area
Proof of Address (copy of utility bill)
Legal custody, visitation, guardianship or adoption papers

Emergency Family Notebook

Our daughter has set up an Emergency Family Notebook she can grab quickly if they had to evacuate with all these important documents. She has a section for each family member with their personal information like their birth certificate, passport, Social Security card, immunization records, medical card, and a current photo. The other documents above are also in the notebook filed in their sections. You can also download important information and family photos on your computer on flash drives and put them in the notebook. When in a hurry it is difficult to remember were you have everything. This way you can grab the notebook and leave.

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