Thursday, August 13, 2015

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of August 16th)

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

You will have to rely 
            on your own preparedness!

Have you ever thought about that statement? You will need to relying on your own preparedness and not that of others. So many think FEMA, the federal or your local government will come in right away to your rescue. That is not the case! So many think your local fire department, rescue teams, other local resources, etc. will come right away. You may be alone for hours, days, weeks! 

Why won't FEMA, the federal or your local government be there right away? We all saw on the news what happened with the Katrina and Sandy Hurricanes USA and the Joplin, Missouri Tornado USA, it took days, weeks, in some areas, for them to arrive with water, food, shelter and help. Trucks and buses loaded with supplies and to evacuate the people took days to enter the areas due to red tape and local governments allowing the federal government to help. It took the local people to help their own people until help could arrive.

Where will your local fie department, rescue teams, medical help, resources be to help you? They will either not be able to get to you due to severely damaged roads, roads that are blocked by collapsed buildings and debris, fires due to gas leaks and other issues, to many needing help too.

Why not be prepared to take care of yourself immediately? Why do so many rely on others? Why??? We are reminded over and over to have a 72 hour emergency kit in our homes, cars and at work. We are reminded to be prepared for more than just 72 hours, but for weeks, months. When a natural disaster or other emergency situation hits it can takes weeks, months to receive relief. We need to be able to take care of ourselves and our loved ones on our own. Even the scripture warn of this in 1 Timothy 5:8, "If any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel". We need to be prepared individually and as a family!

How can we be prepared? By taking inventory of what we will need to survive, what we already have and what we still need. This blog will help you prepare. I am so grateful to those of you who follow this blog and other preparation blogs because I know they will be protected if they are setting goals and accomplishing them. They will not fear what may come their way. Peace comes in preparation!

If a natural disaster or other emergency situation arises will you be ready? Will you have a way to have electricity/light if the grid or your area goes down, will you have food to eat and drinking water to drink, will you have heat if the heater no longer works, will you be able to cook if you cannot use your conventional stove, what will you do if you cannot use your conventional toilet, what will you do if you need medical help, will you know what to do if you need to evacuate immediately? What will you do???

No more excuses! We each need to provide for ourselves and our family! It is no one else's responsibility, it is ours! No more procrastination! Start today to be prepared! Just add a few extra cans and packages of food to your food storage each time you go grocery shopping. Before you know it you will have 1-Month, 2-Months, 3-Months food storage. You will feel so much more at peace knowing you are prepared.

We all need to be better prepared by relying on ourselves, not others!

August Monthly Assignments

Food Storage: Spices and Herbs

Spices and herbs are an important part of cooking, even in a disaster or emergency situation. 

Where to purchase: I like to purchase my spices, herbs and seasonings from big box stores like Costco or Sam's Club, shops that sell India seasonings in bulk (less expensive) and long term food storage companies like Emergency Essentials has them in 2.5 cans and some in #10 cans. They store for 20 years. I prefer the 2.5 cans. Sprouts also sells spices and herbs in bulk. Buying in bulk is less expensive than purchasing the small bottles and containers from regular grocery stores. Watch the expiration dates at discount stores. If you purchase them from bulk item stores or an India store purchase airtight containers to transfer their packaged herbs and spices into.

How much do I need? Determine what spices, herbs and seasonings your family uses in cooking. Determine how much you will need for your food storage goals.

How to store: Like all food storage, in a cool, dry, dark place. 

Emergency Preparedness: 
      72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpacks
            (or Grab and Go Bag or Bug-Out-Bag) 


Each family member in your house hold should have a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpack/Kit. Click here to see what items should be in each backpack/kit. There are 3 kits within the backpack plus other items that will help with your survival---

1) Food Kit (Adjust according to each family members age and medical needs)
2) Hygiene Kit (Provides items that will help you feel better)
3) Stressor Kit (Help family members deal with the stress of a disaster or emergency situation)

Note: We also have strapped to each backpack a water filtering sports bottle from (Seychelle Water Filtration). If you need extra water it will filter out 99.9999% of all bacteria and contamination.

If you already have your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks . . .

Important: If you have not rotated the food for awhile, a year, or 6 months if kept in your car, this would be a good time to do so. Also, to re-evaluate the food in your kits, diets and medications change and taste change. With some medications you cannot eat grapefruit or other foods. Also, sizes change, especial for children, replace clothing and shoes as needed.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

 Have you backed up and saved your computer files? I do not know a lot about computer but I know it is important to save and back up your files in case of a natural disaster, power grid outage, immediate evacuation and other issues that may occur. Many of you computer experts may already know how to do this.

Story--A few years ago our daughter and her family lived in Atascadero, California, USA. There was a huge fire approaching the city, they were told to evacuate, they only had 20 minutes. She called us to help with what they should take, being frantic at the time and not thinking straight. One thing we told them was to save their computer files by backing up and saving them on a disk or some other way? I told them to grab the computer tower since there was no time to back them up or make copies of their valuable files. Today we have other devices to help back up and save our files.

Click here to learn how to back up your computer files.

This one might help you save your computer files on a USB Flash Drive. Click here to see how.

Comments and Questions: Please share your comments, we love hearing from you. We all learn from each others experience and knowledge. If you have any questions you can leave them below or email me at Thank you for your comments.

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