Friday, October 2, 2015

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of October 4th)

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

Spiritual Preparation

"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. ... Be (KJV, don't be unduly concerned about anything) careful (JST, afflicted); but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And let peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your heart and minds through Jesus Christ."  (KJV, Philippians 4: 4, 6-7)

What a wonderful blessing! In these troubled times where many are fearful of the future, and during and after a disaster or difficult situation, don't worry about anything, pray about everything. Ask Heavenly Father for what you need and thank him for everything he has done for you. Then you will feel Heavenly Father's peace, which will exceed anything we can understand.  His peace will guard our heart and minds through Jesus Christ. Do not live in fear, but in the faith and hope in Jesus Christ.  

This weekend is a great time to spiritually prepare by watching The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Semi-Annual General Conference, October 3rd and 4th. It will be broadcast on the BYU channel (check your local cable or satellite channel) and on the computer by going to or by clicking here to watch the 5 sessions of conference. There are 3 sessions on Saturday at 9am and 1pm (Pacific Standard Time), Priesthood at 5p, (Pacific Standard Time) and 2 sessions on Sunday at 9am and 1pm (Pacific Standard Time). On the Sunday morning session we will learn who are 3 new Apostles will be and have an opportunity to sustain them. I promise you, if you listen to all the sessions of conference you will be spiritually filled, find answers to your prayers and find guidance and peace! Come listen to a prophet's voice!

New October Monthly Assignments

Food Storage: Potatoes

Who doesn't love potatoes? I guess there are some who do not, but they are a little crazy in my estimation. There are so many different types and ways to cook and enjoy them even in  a disaster situation.

This is another inexpensive item to add to your food storage, be it commercially canned, packaged, frozen, home canning and freeze-dried/dehydrated for long term storage. There are all types of potatoes and many ways to purchase and store them.


Commercially canned: There are a variety of  commercially canned potatoes to satisfy every one's taste; new potatoes, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, etc. This type can be kept for 2-3 years. Rotate and use before the expiration date. Keep in a cool, dry, dark place.


Home canned potatoes: You can can them whole, diced, sliced or shredded. If kept in a cool dry dark place they should last for about 2-3 years. Every 6 months check the lid to make sure the seal in good.

Packaged potatoes:  They come  in a variety of ways. Check the boxes for their expiration date and rotate and use accordingly.

Frozen potatoes: They come in a variety of ways, french fries, shredded, sliced, and hash browns. They come in a variety of types. Check the expiration dates and rotate and use accordingly. Remember, in a disaster situation without electricity, use these first. Your refrigerator will keep cold for a couple of days if you do not open the door too much. 

Long Term Freeze-dried/Dehydrated Potatoes: For long term storage, 20-30 years depending on how you store them. They should be keep at 70 degrees or lower, in a cool, dry, dark place. They come in a variety of ways and types, whole, sliced, diced, shredded, flakes and powdered. I find and WalMart's Augason Farms has the best prices, especially when on sale. (Scroll down their pages to see a what they both offer,)

How to determine how much to store for your family: Keep track of how many potatoes and varieties your family uses in a month. Multiply that by the number of months for your food storage goal, 1-Month, 2-Months, 3-Months, 6-Months, a years. Only store the types of potatoes your family will eat. Remember, as with all commercially canned, home canned, and long term cans, keep in a cool, dry, dark place and rotate and use before the expiration date.

Emergency Preparedness: 
    Emergency Medical Supplies 
                              and First-Aid/CPR

How many of us have emergency medical supplies on hand? I know we all have first-aid kits, but they will not get you through a major disaster.  First-aid kits are meant for minor injuries and do not have a lot of supplies in them or the other items you might need after a disaster. Each family should have a Family Emergency Medical Kit in their home. You should also have a good first-aid kit in your car with a First-aid book. There should also be a good one in your 72 Hour Emergency Family Bag we discussed last month.

Click here to see the items you should have in your Family Emergency Medical Kit. You may need to adjust according to your family's needs. You may find you have many of these items already. Purchase a large plastic container with a lid or a large backpack and put them together. Add those items needed. Keep it in a cool, dry, dark place. 

Practice first-aid skills with your family and CPR often. Take a First-aid and CPR class when possible.

Remember to rotate the medications, sprays, creams and ointments  as needed.  

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Great way to use your freeze-dried and dehydrated
        food storage . . . 17 Tips for Successful Foil Dinner

Click here to lean how to use your long term freeze-dried and dehydrated food storage to make delicious foil dinners, recipes too. Practice doing this so when a disaster hits you will know how and be ready. Enjoy! Of course, you can do this with canned and frozen foods too.

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