Friday, June 26, 2015

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of June 28th)

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

Council from Torrance California Stake 
                                      President Roy Olsen . . .

This council was given at the Torrance California Stake Conference May 3, 2015 . . .

President Olsen counseled in his talk (preferenced),  "We live in a world of many challenges and not what we understand. Our Apostles see them now and in the future. We need to listen carefully, they give us warnings of things to come. If we follow their council and guidance, we will be blessed, "line upon line" will come in due time. Blessings will come and we will be able to feel the Spirit in our homes and in our lives, we will feel
peace. If we are faithful, keep the commandments, have a strong testimony of the gospel, walk forward in faith, do the things prophets have asked us to do, our homes and lives will be fortified. We need to be having family prayer and scripture reading daily, Family Home Evening weekly, attend the Temple regularly. We need to trust in the Lord, He is at the helm, we need to rely on faith as we go through our journey here on earth."

Wise words from a Stake President!

If we are following this council and staying close to the Spirit we have no need to fear of the world events. Just like the Savior warned the people of Jerusalem to flea to the mountains when Jerusalem was falling in 70BC, he will warn us and guide us what to do, but we need to be close to the Spirit and our Savior Jesus Christ (Apostle Elder L. Tom Perry's last words to the world).

New July Monthly Assignments

Food Storage: Dairy

This coming month we will be working on adding dairy to our food storage. Dairy includes milks (dehydrated/freeze-dried, instant, fresh milk, buttermilk, evaporated, sweeten condensed, almond, rice, etc.), cheeses (Cheddar, Monterrey Jack, Mozzarella, Colby, Parmesan, cottage cheese, cream cheese, etc.), sour cream, yogurts, butter/margarine, ice cream, frozen yogurt, etc. Store a variety of dairy products. 

Milk: You should store a verity of milks, some canned, boxed non-refrigerated, dehydrated/freeze dried and instant. You can also freeze fresh milk by taking some of the milk out of the container to allow for expansion and placing the container in the freezer to freeze. It will last for up to one year. Canned milks can be stored up to their expiration dates. Dehydrated/freeze-dried and instant milk in #10 sealed cans can be stored for up to 10-20 years depending on the temperature (cool 70 degrees or less, dry and dark). The boxed  instant milk you purchase in grocery stores will only store for up to 6 months in a cool,dry, dark place.

Cheese: Most hard and soft cheeses can be shredded and frozen for up to one year in a zip lock freezer bag. You can also purchase cheeses dehydrated/freeze dried in 2.5 cans or #10 cans for up to 20 years depending on the temperature (cool 70 degrees or less, dry and dark). This also includes sour cream and other cheeses. 

Butter/margarine: You can freeze butter/margarine up to one year. You can also purchase dehydrated/freeze dried butter/margarine in 2.5 cans and #10 cans. You can purchase it from local grocery stores, box stores and food emergency supply companies. 

Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt: Yes, you can purchase dehydrated/freeze dried ice cream and frozen yogurt. No need for extra water to rehydrate them. You just put them in your mouth and let them melt. Yummy! A special treat during a disaster situation! 

Eggs: Some people say eggs are part of diary, but for me they belong in the protein (meat, etc.) section. You can include them if you want. You can purchase dehydrated/freeze dried eggs. I use them just like regular eggs, just add water, scramble, use in baking. They come in #10 cans, they last for 20 years in a cool, dry, dark place. You can take fresh eggs and freeze them by taking a cupcake pan, lining each cupcake space with saran wrap, cracking the egg and dropping the egg into the cupcake space, cover with the saran wrap and freeze. Once frozen take them out and place the wrapped eggs into a freezer zip lock bag and freeze for up to one year. When needed, let them thaw and use as needed. 

Note: Just remember, if you store dehydrated/freeze dried diary products it take extra water to rehydrate them. 

Where to purchase: Of course, your local grocery store and box stores are great for canned milks, boxed milks, fresh milks, cheeses, butter/margarine and other dairy products. I find is the best economical place to purchase the dehydrated/freeze dried diary products. also sells non-fat instant milk. Go to their websites and search for their diary products. And of course, there are other emergency food supply companies, just do the research. You can also request a catalog from be sent to you. Watch for sales. I like their fortified instant milk, cheeses and other diary products.  
How much to purchase: Determine how much dairy, include all dairies, your family uses in a month, multiply that by the number of months you have set your food storage goal 
Emergency Preparedness:
                Shelter and Sanitation 

Shelter: You never know when you may not be able to stay in your home due to severe damage and you will need shelter. Every family should have a tent large enough to fit their family or several small ones. You should also learn how to build a shelter from surrounding sources if away from home. We carry a small 3 man tent in the trunk of our car just in case we are away from home and might need it. Click here to check out the Posting "Shelter" on this blog. Click here to check out a website showing great ways to build a shelter if away from home. 
Sanitation is a very important part of emergency preparedness. What would you do if you could not use your home toilet? Click here to learn about how to handle sanitation and what you will need in an emergency situation.

Emergency Cleaning Bucket: During a disaster you may not be able to use your conventional washing machine and dryer. Put together an emergency cleaning bucket. All the items will fit into a 5 gallon bucket except the scrub board, large tub and mobile washer (

Watch this video on how to put the bucket together.

July Emergency Preparedness Monthly Assignment: 

Shelter: Purchase a tent big enough for your family or several small ones. This a  great time of the year to purchase a tent, lots of sales going on at department and sporting good stores. If you have a tent check to make sure it is good condition, make any repairs that might need done.

Sanitation: Purchase those supplies you will need for you family if you cannot use your regular toilet and washing machine. If you have sanitation supplies and a portable toilet check to make sure they are in order, replace or add to any items needed. If you do not have one put together an emergency cleaning bucket.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Sweet treats an important part of food storage . . .

Sweet treats during a disaster make it a little easier to endure, especially for children. Make sure to include sweet treats, like cake, muffin, brownie and cookie mixes in your food storage. Canned/dehydrated fruits are also a good item to store to add to your mixes. Store a variety, and commercially packaged (usually last about one year) and dehydrated/freeze dries (last 20 years). You will also need to store dehydrated eggs and regular cooking oil. Dutch Ovens are great for baking a cake or other mixers. Learn how and practice using a Dutch Oven for baking. YouTube has many videos demonstrating how to bake using a Dutch Oven.

Candies, chocolate and butterscotch chips are another great item to store. Store them in Mason Jars using the FoodSaver method to preserve them for 3-5 years. YouTube also has videos on how to use the FoodSaver to preserve these treats. 

Comments/Questions: Please share your comments below. We all learn from each others experiences and knowledge. If you have any questions you can leave them below or email me at I will research your questions and answer it on the blog next time. Thank you for your comments. 

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