Friday, December 30, 2016

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of January 1, 2017)

Happy New Year to each of you. May this coming year be a great one for you, your family and your loved ones. May you find happiness, peace, the strength to overcome and learn from your trials and challenges and become more temporally, physically, mentally and spiritually prepared. 

In the coming year, "May God grant unto you that your burdens may be light, through the joy of His son."  (Alma 33:23)

The Ark 2017 Emergency Preparedness Goals

This year I hope more of you will become better prepared temporally, physically, mentally and spiritually. I hope you will set goals that will help you accomplish each of these areas. Emergency preparedness is an ongoing event, it never stops, you are continually adding and replacing and building up your emergency supplies. This year we are going to first work on setting up a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for each house hold family member (or if you already have them, bring them up to date), a 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Family Bag, an Emergency Cleaning Bucket and a Sanitation Bucket. I hope you will continue to work on your Food Storage and review last years blog postings to help you accomplish this goal.

Note: This year I will only be posting once a month. I will give you an assignment for each week listing the things we will be adding for the month. 

What can we learn from 
          natural and man made disasters?

Whenever a natural or man made disaster hits an area I watch CNN intently to learn from them so I can pass the information onto each of you to help you become better prepared for whatever might hit you. The past 10 years many people have experience some sort of natural or man made disaster . . .

2005 Hurricane Katrina  

 2010 Haiti Earthquake

2011 Joplin, Missouri EF5 Tornado

2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

2012 Hurricane Sandy

2014 Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

And many more throughout the world

What have I learned from these disasters? Yes, you can be prepared temporally with food storage, 72 hour emergency bags and emergency supplies, but these can be washed away, blown away and destroyed in a few seconds. I am not saying you should not have them, of course you should. Most of the time they are not destroyed and we can use them to help others.

Marcy Peterson, second counselor in the Joplin, Missouri Stake Relief Society Presidency, said, after the tornado hit, that preparation is important to her because of the peace it brings.  "For me, being prepared  means . . . I don't need to worry. I know that if I've done my part by preparing myself spiritually, having food storage, and being willing to share with neighbors and others, I have a sense that I'm going to be okay--that the Lord will bless me whatever happens."

I find when listening to the news programs on natural and man made disasters the best way we can be prepared is SPIRITUALLY!

Spiritual Preparation . . .

Let me share some comments form those in the Joplin Tornado . . .

"Mike and Becky Higginson have faithfully built their home storage over time, and while the tornado destroyed their home, their food storage shed survived the destruction. The Higginson are grateful for this blessings, but they are quick to point out that physical (temporal) preparation alone is not enough to get them through this kind of event. They know that obedience to the gospel builds another kind of storage that natural disasters and other calamities cannot destroy.

Bekcy Higginson said, 'We've had hard experiences before, and the gospel is what sustains you through everything. So although it is a shock and a trauma . . . it didn't change anything. You revert to your gospel roots, your spiritual roots, immediately."'

Bshop Richins of one of the church Wards said, '". . . faith give us the hope that allow us to press on.' Modern technology, emails, text, phones did not work. They had to revert back to having prayers and listening for answers. He went on to say, 'You recognize very quickly---if you didn't already---how reliant you are on Heavenly Fahter for answers, because you need them, and you need them quick. But the answers come. They always come. They always will.'"

(These quotes are from an article by Melissa Merrill (Church News and Events), "Preparation of All Kinds Bless Saints in Joplin, Missouri")

When Joplin Stake President Creed Jones was interviewed by a CNN reporter, he had lost his home, the church building he presided over and even lost his job a jew months later due to the local hospital being destroyed, he told the report he still had his faith and hope in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I remember one woman who had lost everything in a tsunami, her home, her family, her belongs. She was putting together some shelter from pieces lying around. When the reports spoke with her she was at peace because she had the gospel, faith and hope all would be okay.
When windstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, droughts, wildfires, natural and man made disasters and crisis and loss of income or health issues come, it will be your spiritual preparation, your spiritual roots, your faith and hope that will get you through the ups and downs and the tears shed. You can rebuild.

What can we do to prepare spiritually?

Attend church regularly, read your scriptures daily individually and as a family, say your prayers daily individually and as a family, listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and act on them immediately, and for those that are Latter-day Saints, attend the temple regularly. 

January Assignment

72 Hour Individual 
        Emergency Preparedness Backpack . . . 

We all have been advised by our federal and local governments and our church to be prepared by having a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for each house hold member.  Each backpack contains a food kit, a hygiene kit and a stressor kit along with a change of clothes, sturdy shoes and some other items. We will first start with the food kit.

Note: If you already have your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for each house hold member you might want to review the Food Kit to see if any items need rotated or replaced. The rule is if you keep your backpacks in your car the food needs to be rotated/replaced every 6 months due to heat. If in the house at about 70 degrees rotate/replace the food once a year. 

Food Kit . . . will contain food for 3 meals a day for 3 days, plus some snacks. They are high in calorie because this is all you might have to eat if a disaster strikes or you have to evacuate immediately. You may need to adjust the menu due to allergies, medications you take and special diets. It is a good idea to keep one for home, another one at work and one at your child's school. Most schools now require your child to have an emergency backpack. We keep ours in our car just in case we are away from home when a disaster or other emergency issue happens. It will take us a few months to complete each kit.

Each food kit per person contains the follow for each of the 3 days . . .

Breakfast: Instant oatmeal, small box of raisins, instant hot chocolate
Lunch: Peanut butter or cheese crackers, fruit cup, trail mix
Dinner: Instant soup (Chicken Noodle, Onion, etc.), granola bar, fruit juice box
Water: 2 liters to 1 gallon per family member for the 3 days (you will need to be very careful how much you drink, some is used to cook the above food)
Snacks: Hard candy, chewing gum, fruit snacks, beef jerky

The month (January) add the following items each week. Remember, you will need 3 of each item for each house hold member. Each days menu is the same for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

1st week: Purchase a backpack for each family member. Use old ones or check out the thrift stores. has great ones, 3 sizes, to hold all 3 kits, clothes and other items you might need. A sports bag will not work because you may need to carry, will be harder to carry.

2nd week: 3 packages of instant oatmeal per person in your house hold.


 3rd week: 3 small boxes (not the tiny ones) of raisins per person in your house hold.



4th week:  3 packages of instant hot chocolate per person in your house hold.


5th week: 3 packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers (comes with 6 crackers in a package) per person in the house.

Place all the items as you add them to a large plastic zip lock bag. Write each family members name on their bag. Place inside their backpacks as you add the food.

To go to the blog posting on the right under "Postings" for more information on the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack or click here. Some of you may want to complete the food kits all at once. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

The Emergency Essentials Blog has some great articles you might want to read. Click on each title to read them.

Build Your Emergency Car Kit

Communication During and After a Disaster

My Diabetes Emergency Plan 

5 Steps to Being Medically Prepared

Preparing the Elderly for Emergencies

Prepping in an Urban Setting

Please share! Please share this blog with your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors and others so they too can be better prepared. 

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments

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

Merry Christmas to all! May we each take time from our busy schedules of Christmas shopping, Christmas parties and all the noises of the season to take some time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. May we take time to reflect on His life, His teachings, His example, His love and service towards others and make His life a part of ours all year long. May we each become true disciples of Jesus Christ. May each of you find peace, love, comfort, harmony, guidance in your lives each day. May each of us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and remember Him.

First Presidency Christmas Devotional 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Sunday, December  4, 2016, 5 PM PST
You can watch it at a local LDS Chapel, on 
or your local BYU cable/satellite TV channel
Do not miss out on this uplifting and inspiring Christmas devotional! 

Our Journey in Life

As we start to contemplate our New Year's Goals/Resolutions, may we each think about our journey in life, where have we been, where are we now and where do we want to be. May we make our New Year's Goals/Resolutions more meaningful this coming year. I love this video of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's, Second Councilor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,  thoughts on our journey in life. So touching and such good advice to us all. We all make the normal goals/resolutions, loose weight, get a better job, make more money, buy a new car, a bigger house. These are temporal goals, may be it is time to make more spiritual goals/resolutions too. Here are some 2017 New Years Goals/Resolutions you might want to add to your list . . .

Daily individual and family scripture reading
Daily individual and family prayer
Attend church each week
Attend the temple as much as possible
Do family genealogy
Service others more
Have more kindness and respect for all of God's children
Strive to keep and live the commandments and our covenants the best we can
Follow the prophet
Share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others
Help the needy and poor
Follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost
Spend quality time with the family and extended family

Others could be . . .

Work better on our food/water storage and emergency supplies
Have evacuation plans in effect and practice them often
Be ready ahead of time for the natural disasters in our area
Have all vital records, photos and family heirlooms in a safe place, easy to access immediately
Know first-aid/CPR skills and have an emergency medical kit
Each family member have a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack
Practice good health (eating, exercise, etc.)
Get out of debt
Stop using credit cards to pay for things you cannot afford
Be wise, be smart

December Monthly Assignments

Food Storage . . . Baking Staples and Dairy

With all the Christmas, New Year's and holiday baking this is the perfect time of year to stock up on your baking staples and dairy products. You can find great sales at this time of year. Baking staples: flour (stores one year), sugar (stores indefinitely) , brown sugar (stores in definitely), shortening (stores 3 years), baking powder (stores one year), baking soda (stores 6 months), vanilla extract (stores one year), other extracts (stores one year), spices, (ground stores one year, whole stores several years) etc. Dairy: Eggs (you can remove them from their shells and freeze them for up to one year), butter/margarine (you can freeze for one year), milk, sour cream, cream cheese, etc. 

You can also purchase dehydrated/freeze dried milk, butter, shortening, eggs, sour cream, cream cheese, baking soda, baking powder and spices for up to 25 years depending on how you store it (below 70 degrees in a cool, dry, dark place).  I would only store the baking powder, baking soda and spices in the 2.5 cans offers. You can also store flour in the #10 cans but it is to expensive and not necessary. As long as you rotate the flour you can store it in is original packaging inside a large plastic zip lock bag. Best is stored it in the freezer, will store up to one year. Wheat flour does not store well in the freezer, to much oil content. has a lot of their baking and dairy products on sale. If you sign up for their emails you will get even better discounted offers.

How much to store? Figure out much of each baking product and dairy your family uses in a week or month and multiply it by the number of weeks, months you have set your food storage goal.

Emergency Preparedness . . . 
   Setting our New Year's Goals 
                                    and Resolutions

I am not a fan of setting New Year's Resolutions but more of setting New Year's Goals!

Most of us break our New Year's Resolutions with a few weeks or months. Goals seem more realistic, easier to accomplish and permanent to me. Goals are easier to obtain because they usually involve smaller ones to accomplish the ultimate goal. For you 2017 New Year's Goals why not include working on your food/water storage, emergency supplies, evacuation plans and other being better prepared goals? This blog can help you set and reach your goals. I have listed a few above you might want to consider. On the side under "Posting" will give you more ideas to work in the coming year.

2017 The Ark Goals

This next year we are going to be working on putting together up a 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit) for each house hold member, a 72 Hour Family Emergency Preparedness Bag and adding emergency supplies. I encourage you to continue adding to your Food Storage until you reach the goal your family has set. Food Storage in an on going process, you are continually rotating the food you store and adding to it. Lets decide this year we are going to become better prepared next year than this year. You can do it! I try to make it workable and as easy as possible with this blogs postings.

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