Friday, September 16, 2016

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of September 18th)

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

A loaf of bread for a days pay . . .

"... A measure of wheat for a penny [Matthew 20:2] ,
 and three measures of barley for a penny; ..." 
                   (Revelations 6:6)  

Imagine if it took your full days pay to purchase a loaf of bread . . . Would you be able to afford it? Would you be able to feed yourself and your family? The scriptures predict this in the last days. Are we already starting to see this?

It has been on the television and radio news that Venezuela's economy is collapsing.  The cost of food, if you can find it, and other resource are outrageous. One reporter stated a dozen of eggs cost $150. Click here to read an article posted on the Emergency Essentials Blog.

Between 1921-1924 the Weimar Republic (modern-day Germany) was effected by a hyperinflation epidemic. It took a wheelbarrow of money to buy a loaf of bread. Click here to read the article.

Germany is telling its people to stock pile food and water. Click here to read the article posted on the Emergency Essentials Blog.

What is going on in our world? I will not allow this blog to be political but I do want to warn those who read it to be aware of what is going on around them and to be as prepared as they can with extra food, water, medical supplies and other emergency supplies you might need. 

Are we ready for these types of events in our lives? How prepared are you and your family? Wouldn't you find peace in knowing you have food, water and other emergency supplies stored for when and if an economic collapse might happen (hyperinflation), civil unrest arises and Martial Law is called, or a natural or man made disasters happen or many of the other things that can happen to effect our lives?

What will you do if and when the prediction in Revelations 6:6 comes to past? Will you be able to take care of yourself and your family? I sure hope so!

September Monthly Assignments
Food Storage . . . Fruits

Fruits are an important part of our food storage. Other foods do not give us the vitamins and nutrition we need in our diet.  Fruits can be stored in a variety of ways.

How much should I store? Determine how much fruit you or your family eats in a month and multiply that by the number of months you have set your food storage goal. Store a variety of fruits.

Shelf life of fruits: Commercially canned 1-2 years, home canned 1-2 years, home dehydrated in mason jars 6 months-1year, commercially dehydrated 1-2 years, commercially freeze-dried long term storage 20-30 years. Watch the expiration dates, especially when you purchase items from discount store.

Of course these all depend on how you store them. All fruits should be stored in a cool, dry, dark place. The temperature should be below 70 degrees if possible. The higher the temperature the less time is will keep.

What types of fruits should I store? Only store the fruits your family will eat. It is a studied and proven fact, that even in a disaster, especially children, your family will not eat what they do not like. Store a variety of fruits in a variety of different ways.  You can also store fruit juices. I usually work on these separate, but you can add them at this time too.

Different ways to store fruits:

Commercially canned: Store a variety, only the ones your family will eat.  Do not forget the apple sauce.Do not purchase or store dented or cans with the lids bubbled.


Home canned: To home can fruits use the water bath method. Click here to learn how to can fruits. Purchase fruits in season to save money.  Do not eat if the lid is springy.


Dehydrated:  Home or commercially packed. Storage life is different. Home dehydrated, 6 months-1 year. Commercially dehydrated, 1-2 years. Keep your home dehydrated fruits in mason jars in cool, dry, dark place.  Do not forget apple, banana chips, raisins and other dried fruits.                                               
Frozen: Another great way to preserve fruits is to freeze them. You can purchase them frozen, limited in variety, and you can purchase in season and freeze in plastic freezer zip log bags for future use. They will keep for 1 year. They are great to use in jello salads, smoothies, over oatmeal and cereals and may other ways. 

Freeze-dried: If in #10 cans they will keep for 20-30 years, depending on the temperature you keep them, remember, cool, dry and dark. To rehydrate just add water, let sit for about 15 minutes and enjoy by themselves or in recipes.

Fruit trees and berry bushes are another great way to produce your own fruit to can or freeze.

Fruit Trees: If you have the space plant a fruit tree or two. Checkout which types of fruits you can grow in your area. You cannot grow all fruits in all areas. If you do not have a large space try dwarf fruit trees or in large pots.

Berries: Also try to grow berries (blueberries, etc.) in your yard or large pots. I planted 2 blueberries bushes in large pots last year and they are doing great. I freeze the blueberries I cannot use at the time.

Emergency Preparedness . . .
                          First-aid and CPR 

Every family member should learn first-aid and CPR. Each household should have a good first-aid kit in their home and in each vehicle. Take the time to practice first-aid and CPR skills regularly as an individual and family. Family Home Evening is a great time to review them. Practice first-aid skills on each other or a friend. Review symptoms and treatments in a first-aid book. Try to become first-aid and CPR certified. It could save a life. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

Two items everyone should have attached to their key chain, or in their purse and in your children's school backpack. Make sure your children understand it is only to be used in emergencies not as a toy or distraction at school.




Small LED flashlight 

 Or a small LED pen light (for your key chain)

These items may save your life. If you are trapped or buried your voice will not last long when yelling for help and cannot be heard sometimes. A whistle travels far and can easily be heard.

If you hare in a building when the lights go out, especially after a natural disaster like an earthquake, the small flashlight will help you find your way and avoid further injuries from falling and sharp objects. It can also be used as a signally device to show where you are located.

Comments and Questions: Please share your comments and questions below. Or, you can email me at We appreciate your comments and questions. We all learn from each others experiences and knowledge. Thank you

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