Thursday, September 29, 2016

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of October 2nd)

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
186th Semiannual General Conference
Saturday, October 1st, 9:00am and 1:00 pm  (PST)
General Priesthood Session 5:00pm (PST)
Sunday, October 2nd, 9:00am and 1:00pm (PST)

(You can watch conference on the BYU channel on your location cable or satellite
channel or go to and click on listen to conference.)

The First Presidency, members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,
and other General Authorities and General Offices of the Church will 
deliver messages of inspiration and guidance.

Do not miss out on being spiritually prepared, comforted, uplifted and inspired! 


Why are our neighbors an important part of our 
emergency preparedness?

Just a few days ago I was thinking about what a fantastic neighbor we have lived in for the last 45 years. Yes, we have lived in the same house for 45 years, unheard of these day. We moved in as a young couple expecting their first child. Now 45 years later, 6 grown married children, 24 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild we are so richly blessed to live in such an amazing neighborhood. From day one our neighbors have looked out for us and us for them. A few of us have been here from the beginning, some before us and some are new. It does not take long before we are all good friends watching out for each other. We have comforted each other in times of loss and life's trials and have celebrated special events and holidays together. Serving each other binds a neighborhood together.

We each have skills and talents that help our neighborhood and make us a great team, who we know we can rely on if disasters, civil unrest or whatever happens hits us. We know we will be there for each other.

What can you do to help and unite your neighborhood:

1) Encourage each family to have extra food and water on hand. Do not tell them how much you have or where it is stored. If each family is prepared it will take less strain off of you.

2) Encourage each family to have emergency supplies on hand, like flashlights, lanterns, medical supplies and what ever else they might need.

3) Know about each family member, their special needs so you can help if an emergency happens.

4) Make sure each family has a first-aid kit and knows basic first-aid. Maybe have a neighborhood BBQ and talk about first-aids skills.

5) Encourage each family to have 72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpack (Bug-out-bags) and a 72 Hour Emergency Family Bag. See under Postings on the right for information.

6) Share this blog with them so they can learn how to be prepared.

7) When a disaster or emergency situation hits, check on each family, especially the elderly, single parents and those with special needs.

8) Work together when a disaster hits. Set up teams, someone over medical, housing, how to shut off utilities as needed, sanitation, etc.

Make your neighborhood great and become like a family! Watch out for each other! Knowing we have neighbors watch out for us brings great comfort!

October Monthly Assignments

Food Storage . . . Pastas

A great inexpensive addition to our food storage. 

How much to store: Determine how much pasta your family uses in a month, including going out for meals. Then figure out how much you will need for the amount of food storage months goal you are working towards. Store a variety of pastas according to what your family eats.

Short term and long term pasta: Short term pasta (commercially packaged) will last about 1-2 year in their original packaging. Long term pasta (#10, super pail buckets) will last about 25 years. Keep both in a cool, dry, dark place.

Commercially packaged pasta: When you bring it home from the grocery store place the pasta in originally packaging in the freezer for 24 hours to kill any months or their larva. Then bring back to room temperature before storing in your cupboards or pantry. 

Water: Remember, you will need to store extra water to cook the pasta. 

Emergency Preparedness . . . 
                         Spiritual Preparedness

Being spiritually prepared is a very important part of 
emergency preparedness. 
It will bring us peace when there is turmoil around us. 

This weekend we have a great opportunity to be filled spiritually and prepared for future events by listen to the 186th Semiannual General Conference from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (See the dates and times at the top) Even if you are not a member of our church you can listen and be uplifted, comforted and find peace in the messages presented. 

We need to fill our lamps like the 5 Virgins did in the parable of the 10 Virgins. We need to be spiritually and temporally prepared at all times.

We need to pray and read our scriptures (individually and as a family) daily so we can stay close to the spirit. The Holy Ghost will guide us and protect us. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpacks 
                  and 72 Hour Emergency Family Bag . . .

When was the last time you check your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpacks? It you store yours in the car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months. If you store them in the house, every year. Make sure the clothes you might store in them still fits, growth changes, especially for children.

Check your 72 Hour Emergency Family Bag to make to see if anything you might have used needs replaced. Update as needed. 

If you have not put together a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpack and 72 Hour Emergency Family Bag check out the posting on the right under "Postings" and put together one for each family member. You only need one family bag.

Comments and Questions: Please share your comments and questions. They are most appreciated. We all learn from each others experience and knowledge. Thank you for sharing. Email: the

Next Blog Posting: November 6, 2016

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