Sunday, October 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (November 2017)

Claims after a disaster, Document, 
                       Document, Document  . . . 


The most important thing you can do after a disaster when filing a claim is to document, document, document and cross all your "t" and dot all your "i". Why do I say this? Having worked as an insurance agent for a major company for several years this is one thing I have learned. Recently I also read an article in the South Bay Daily Breeze regarding people in various parts of the country who suffered from natural disasters, but because they did not document well enough, their claims were denied or appealed. Yikes! All because they did not document enough or correctly? Yep!

Here are some tips to help you if you experience a natural disaster or some other type of accident (car accident or home fire, etc.).

1. Know what your insurance policies cover and do not cover. Read your insurance policies carefully. If you do not understand what they are saying, sit down with your insurance agent, ask questions and make any adjustments that need made.

2. Most people in the United States do not realize their homeowners policy does not cover flood, mudslides or earthquakes. Those are separate policies. Flood Insurance comes from the National Flood Insurance. Earthquake Insurance comes from your current homeowners insurance company or possibly your state earthquake insurance. Home insurance includes, renters, homeowner condo, homes and rental dwelling property. Businesses are covered under a commercial policy.

3. Most home insurance policies only cover up to a certain amount on personal items like jewelry, computers, sports equipment, art work, etc.. You may need a Personal Articles Policy if they are over your current policy coverage limits.

4. Before a disaster happens, take photos and videos inside your house. Take photos of all your belongs, even open closet doors and drawers to take photos. Keep an inventory of all your personal possessions. Take photos of things like crown moldings, granite counter tops, custom cabinets, etc. Any thing that would need replacing back to its original condition. Keep copies of receipts for upgrades and remodeling. Keep copies of the photos, videos, inventory and receipts in your home, a safe deposit box, and at a family member or friend's home who lives out of state. If you have cash registered receipts, make copies of them, they fade over time.

5. After a disaster happens, call your insurance agent as soon as possible to file a claim.

6. Document, document, document all conversations with dates, time called, who you spoke with and what you and they said. Keep a note book. Note: It is against the law to record a phone conversation without some one's permission. Save all email and text correspondence. Personal experience: Our daughter was in a car accident at the beginning of the year where there were injuries to her and her 2 children. Having a mother who worked in the insurance industry I told her to document all conversations, emails and text. Because she did this they received a good settlement.

FEMA and insurance companies have denied claims due to unsatisfactory documentation. FEMA has been known to ask for money back if the claim is not documented to their satisfaction. (dailybreeze.com, Sunday, October 15, 2017. "FEMA rejects $1.2B in appeals", by David A. Lieb and Ryan J. Foley, the Associated Press) Make sure you are covered when a disaster or accident happens to you. It only takes a few minutes to document things that are important to you.

Nancy Cuppett
Emergency Preparedness Specialist


November Monthly Assignments
 
Emergency Preparedness . . .
          72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                 Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Congratulations! If you have been following the monthly assignment since January 2017 you should have completed each house hold member's Food Kit (including water), Hygiene Kit and Stressor Kit. If you have not completed them go back to January 2017 and scroll through the postings through October 2017.  

Now we will work on adding other items that should be in each family member's backpack:

Note: Last week we added a change of clothing. This needs checked periodically because our sizes changes over time.

Add the following each week:

1st Week: Small LED flashlight with extra batteries. I found these at the 99 Cent Store or other discount stores. Keep in a side pocket for easy access. Keep the extra batteries in a separate small zip lock bag and check periodically to make sure they are alright. 





2nd Week: Copies of all insurances (medical, car, homeowners, etc.), copies of ID cards (driver's license, student ID cards), copy of passport, list of medications the family member takes, list of allergies. Keep in a small zip lock bag. You can put these in your Stressor Kit or someplace in the backpack (maybe safety pinned inside). You may need to shrink them down to fit on one page.

 

3rd Week: Pocket knife or multi-purpose tool:  Age appropriate. Keep inside the backpack or a side pocket. emergencyessentials.com has them for about $6-$7. Click here to order.


 
4th Week: Para-cord bracelet: I have seen these for about $5. Find a Boy Scout and he may be able to make you one. Keep in the backpack or a side pocket. Or, you can purchase some para-cord by itself. Para-cord is a strong light weight cord that can be used for many things. emergencyessentials.com has the cord for $5.00. Click here to order.


Note: These are great items and next months are great Christmas stocking stuffers. 

December items to add just in case you want to get an early start:

1) Seychelle Filter Water Bottle--can be purchased at store.lds.org for about $20.
2) Mess kit--can be purchased at most department and sporting goods stores in their camping section.
3) Eating utensil set--can be purchased at most department or sporting goods stores in their camping section. 
4) Firestarter--great product that starts instantly. Go to emergencyessentials.com to order. $2 a pouch. Each backpack should have 1-2. 

These 8 items finishes our 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas

The Seventy2 Emergency Backpack Kits  as seen on 
                            Shark Tank . . .


I saw these on Shark Tank last month. Personally I would not purchase them. Then are too expensive, $350-$370. I think you are more paying for the fancy pack the emergency supplies come in. Plus there is not enough food and water to sustain for 3 days.

It would be a lot less expensive to purchase the items individually and set up your own personal 72 Hours Emergency Preparedness Backpacks. Most of these items can be purchased in discount stores, emergencyessentials.com, other online companies and other retail stores.

Since January we have been working on the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, including the Food Kit, Hygiene Kit and Stressor kit. Ours provides much more for a lesser cost. Be wise, be smart!

Why store ingredients for your food storage?

1. A readily available source of food
2. Insurance for the next economic crisis
3. Peace of mind knowing you are provided for, no matter what
(emergencyessentials.com blog)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (October 2017)

So much to say this month, so much happening . . .

Where can I find peace and inspiration? 
                                   By watching or listening to . . .
 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
187th Semiannual General Conference
Saturday, September 30th , 9:00am and 1:00 pm  (PST)
General Priesthood Session 5:00pm (PST)
Sunday, October 1st, 9:00am and 1:00pm (PST)

(You can watch conference at your local Stake Center, on the BYU channel on your location cable or satellite channel or go to lds.org 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!

So grateful  . . . 

When disasters strike, no matter where they are, human kindness emerges! We forget our differences, our dislikes, our prejudices, the Light of Christ shines through each of us. Thank you to all those who have helped with the hurricane and earthquake disaster victims and other disaster situations around the world. Thank you for coming together and being one. Thank you for your human kindness and forgetting about your differences, dislikes and prejudices. May we each strive for this human kindness each day, May we each remember we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father. 

President Thomas S. Monson (President and Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) teaches us, ". . . Let us examine our lives and determine to follow the Savior's example by being kind, loving, and charitable. And as we do so, we will be in a better position to call down the powers of heaven for ourselves, for our families, and for our fellow travelers in this sometimes difficult journey back to our heavenly home." 

Are you ready for the aftermath? 


So many times we talk about being prepared, but why are we doing this? We are preparing for what comes after the disaster. Yes, we need to prepare before so we have the supplies we will need during the disasters, like plywood to board up windows during a hurricane and flashlights when we loose our electricity, etc.. But what about afterwords, what will we need?

I have been listening to many news reports after the hurricanes hit Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Porto Rico and the other Islands and the earthquakes hit Mexico. What do they all have in common?  There is no food, no drinking water, no electricity, no natural gas, no sanitation, no cell phone reception, stores are closed or destroyed, no gas stations open, etc. We need to prepare for the aftermath. First responders and rescuers may take hours, days, weeks to get to us. Why not have food, drinking water, flashlights with extra batteries, emergency sanitation and ways to cook ready before the disaster the strikes? What about medical supplies for those injured? Trying to get these supplies after the disaster is almost impossible if not impossible due to lack of supplies and being able to get to them.

We are told in the scriptures, "If ye are prepared, ye have no need to fear". In Doctrine and Covenants, Section 136: 5, as the Saints were departing Nauvoo, Illinois to the West they were told to prepare, "Let each company provide themselves with all the teams, wagons, provisions, clothing, and other necessities (food, etc.) for the journey, that they can". In verse 27 they were admonished to "be a wise steward". We are admonished by our church leaders and local authorities to prepare in our day with our 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, food, drinking water, and emergency and medical supplies for what ever may come our way and to be wise stewards.

Do not become complacent once the disasters have passed, now is the time to prepare for what may happen in the future. Why not start now?

Lessons from a Sacrament talk  . . .


A few weeks ago in our Sacrament Meeting our Stake Young Men's Presidency First Counselor shared some interesting thoughts about what he had learned from serving a full time mission. I would like to apply to emergency preparedness.

1) Obedience: If we are obedient to the scriptures, teachings and admonishes of our church leaders and local authorities regarding being prepared we will be blessed. (See Doctrine and Covenants 82:10)

2) Prayer: Though prayer we can receive inspiration as how to prepare and what we need for ourselves and our families. Through inspiration from the Holy Ghost we will be protected and guided.

3) Organization: When our lives and households are organized we have no need to fear. (Doctrine and Covenants 90:18)

4) Seek the Spirit: The Holy Ghost will protect us and guide us when danger is close. He will inspire us what we need to do to provide for our ourselves and our family. (Galatians 5:22-23,25)

5) Share: Share the importance of being prepared with your extended family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Share this blog website with them. (Doctrine and Covenants 88:81)

  October Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
          72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                 Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?

 
The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster. 

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.
  
Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . .

 
1st Week: Book of Mormon or Bible. Add a softcover Book of Mormon (or Bible) to your Stressor Kit. You can purchase these from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints local Temple Distribution Center or go to store.lds.org. Book of Mormon, softcover regular size is $3.00, pocket size is $4.00. Bible, softcover regular size is $8.85. Shipping no matter how much you order, $3.00.

 
 


2nd Week: $3-$5 in change and $1 bills in a zip lock bag. You want change because if you need to buy something they will say they do not have change for a $1-$5 bill.





3rd Week: Small bottle of consecrated oil. If you are a Melchizedek Priesthood holder who can give Priesthood Blessings you should have this in your Stressor Kit, or if you are an adult member of your household you should also have this so someone without the consecrated oil holding the Melchizedek Priesthood can give you or your family member a Priesthood Blessing. 




4th Week: Set of clothing. Should include long pants, long selves shirt, under wear/garments, a couple of pairs of socks, hat, sweater or light jacket, sturdy shoes. Some people only keep an extra set of underwear/garments and a couple of pairs of socks in their Backpacks. We tie our shoes and sweater/jacket to the outside of the Backpack. The hat can also be fastened to the outside of the  Backpack. Check these items 1-2 times a year, especially for children, our sizes change. For winter time you might want to include some warm gloves. Don't forget the diapers for the young ones.


Note: Next month we will be done with our 72 Hour Individual Emergency Backpacks. Only a few more items to add. 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Auto Emergency Car Kit . . .


Every car in your household should have an Auto Emergency Car Kit. (Click on the link to see the list of items.) Emergencyessentials.com also has some great ones. I like creating my own. If you will be traveling during the Winter where there is snow, keep a bag of cat liter in your trunk. If you become stuck, pour some just behind the tire, it will give you traction to get out. In place of the regular flares we have battery operated emergency flares. Click here how to order, they are about $7.50 each. When not in use keep the batteries in a separate zip lock bag.  Keep yourself and your family safe at all times.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (September 2017)



First . . . Our hearts go out to the people in Texas and Louisiana who are currently facing the many difficulties of  Hurricane Harvey. Our prayers and support are with you all. May Heavenly Father watch over you, your loved ones and your homes. May you find peace and comfort at this very difficult time. Thank you to all the first responders and volunteers who are risking their lives to rescue and save the lives of others. You are our heroes!

Lots to say this month . . .


 
Your Own First Responder . . .


About ago week the Spirit said to me, "You will be your own first responder in a disaster situation". I have been pondering on this message for several days. Little did I know at the time that the hurricane in Houston, Texas and Louisiana would prove this message. As I have watched the hurricane events unfold on the TV news stations I can see how this message is true. It may take hours, days, weeks before first responsers or help can arrive, especially if roads are blocked.

One story I listened to was a man, not a first responder as we think of, out in his boat, as many have been doing, to see who he could help. He saw a woman on her front porch with the water up to the porch. He asked if she needed rescued. Her response, "I have called 911 and am waiting for them". His responded back to her, "They are not coming, I am it. Do you want to come with me?"

In disaster situations like this we will be "our own first responders" and our neighbors. We will probably be alone and need to handle things ourselves and help our neighbors the best we can. There will be no first responders, no firemen, no police officers and no medical help. We will most likely be on our own. How well will you be able to take care of yourself, your family and help your neighbors? How prepared are you? 

In another report I heard the news caster say there is no electricity, very little communication, no sanitation, no drinking water, no food, no shelter for many and no one on the way to help. You are on your own!

We individually need to be prepared for what every disaster or emergency situation may come our way. We need to be prepared to be our own first responders.   

Helping children cope with disasters . . .

As parents we try to protect our children from witnessing terrible things. I love how the beloved Mr. Rogers' mother helped him. Such a good idea  . . .


New School Year . . . New Beginning 


Each new school year for our children and grandchildren is a new beginning. A new time to prepared and learn. We are like these children, it is a time for us to prepare and learn. We need to be prepared for all the types of disasters that can effect us where we live. We need to store food, drinking water, emergency electricity in the way of flashlights and lanterns, etc., a way for sanitation, some type of shelter to protect us from the elements. This is a new school year, a new beginning. This is a new beginning for us, a time to prepare. Why not start now?

Come, Come Ye Saints 


The Mormon Pioneers sang this beloved hymn as they where forced from their homes and crossed the plains to Utah. Our world is in turmoil. I find great comfort and peace in these words . . .

Come, come ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
"Tis better far for us to strive
Our useless cares from us to drive:
Do  this, and joy your heart's will swell--
All is well! All is well!

Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
"Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward
If we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins: fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we'll have this tale to tell--
All is well! All is well!

We'll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid,
There the Saints will be blessed.
We'll make the air with music ring,
Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we'll tell--
All is well! All is well!

And should we die before our journey's through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too,
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again
To see the Saints their rest to obtain,
Oh, how we'll make this chorus swell--
All is well! All is well!

Text by William Clayton

September Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
72 Hour Individual Emergency 
          Preparedness Backpack . . . 
                                    The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?

The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster. 

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.
  
Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . .

 
1st Week: Copies of all your insurances (health, auto, homeowners, etc.) and ID's (driver's license, state ID, social security card, etc.) (shrink the insurance down so everything can fit on one page or write down the policy numbers and name of insurance)




2nd Week: A list of family name and phone numbers in each Stressor Kit.





 
3rd Week: Favorite reading book (soft cover, age appropriate, not the scriptures, adding them later)


 


4th Week: Small travel size board game or playing cards (different one for each family member's kit so you have a variety to play) 







Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

Important Warnings . . .

When ever there is a disaster I listen to the news reports on CNN and Fox News for information that might help me help you when and if a disaster hits you. It may be a different type of disaster like an earthquake, tsunami, flooding, hurricane, tornado, etc.. But the warnings are basically the same.

1) Evacuate: When officials, be it local or federal, say "EVACUATE", EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY! When you do not you are likely to put yourself, your family and the rescuers in harms way. Be smart! No material things are worth your life or the life of others. It is important to have 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks for each family house hold member ready at all times. Also to keep important papers and documents together. It is a good idea to make copies of all insurance and important papers/documents you might need and put them in your 72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Backpacks. Also, have a map, or maps of your local street areas. You many need to find alternate routes to be to a safe place.

2) Standing Water: When you see standing water, DO NOT CROSS IT! You do not know the depth of the water, the condition under neath the water, if there are live electrical wires somewhere electrocuting the water, or other dangers. Water is powerful and can have strong under currents you cannot see. Stay safe and keep others safe. Do not take the risk!

3) Lighting: Every house hold should have good working flashlights with extra batteries at all times. You never know when you might need them. I heard many people in the Texas Hurricane Harvey say they had no flashlights, they could not see the rising water and the dangers they were in during the night.

4) Insurance Coverage: Know what your homeowners, renters and auto insurance cover. Homeowners and renters do not cover flooding, a separate policy. Earthquake is also a separate insurance policy.

5) Food and Drinking Water: Good to keep extra cans and packaged food items on hand. A friend of mine's son is trapped on the second floor of his apartment in Louisiana with no food. You also may need a way to cook it or eat it cold.

6) The Holy Ghost: Pay attention to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and follow them immediately. It could save your life and others.

7) Car Gas Tank: Always keep your car gas tanks at least half full. It will probably give you enough gas to evacuate to a safe place. 

8) Cars after flooded: Never, never, never drive a car that has been under water. It damages the electrically system and could cause a fire if you started it or tried to drive it. 

Be Smart, Be Safe, Be Prepared Ahead of Time, Do Not Take Risks, 
Listen to the Promptings of the Spirit!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assigment (August 2017)



Physical Preparedness . . .

Most of us cringe when we think about physical preparedness. I know I did until about 4 months ago. I always had excuses for not being in shape physically and eating healthier. Being physically prepared is just as important as all the other areas we need to be prepared in, food and water storage, emergency supplies, etc..  After many months, years of giving excuses, I finally set some goals and am striving to accomplish them. I want to loose weight and be physically strong. When we are physically prepared we will be able to survive a disaster situation better.

Let me share my journey of striving to becoming better 
                                                                           physically prepared . . . 
  • First, I had to realize that no one else can do this but me. My body is a temple, a gift from Heavenly Father. It is my responsibility to take good care of it so my Spirit can reside there. 
  • Then I had to sat into motion a plan, just like setting up a food storage goal and plan. Find a buddy or family member to do this with. Our family, mostly my daughters and granddaughters, have sat up a team where we help and encourage each other. Since we all live far apart, we sat up a family Facebook page where we all weight in weekly, only our family members can see it. It is working great and great to have support from others.
  • Then I sat small goals to accomplish the big one. 
  • I figured out how much I needed to loose, then sat small goals to accomplish it.
  • I found a diet plan I could work with, it was Weight Watchers. (I love the online app on my phone.) Not some crazy fad diet. Reasonable and practical. Eating more fruits and vegetables and staying away from all the junk foods, but allowing me from time to time to have a piece of birthday cake if I desire.
  • I sat up an exercised program. I started out small, at first I could barely walk around my block. I kept increasing it until I could do 10 blocks. It hurt at first. I had problems with my sciatic nerve and arthritis in my knee, making walking painful at first. I kept pushing and increasing the distance. After awhile with losing some weight and exercising I noticed no more pain.
  • Then after losing a certain amount of weight, 10-15 pounds, I decided to start doing aerobics.  I do an hour a day, except Sundays. At first, it was difficult. I thought I was going to pass out. I had to start small and increase as my strength and ability increased. Now I can get through the whole program, tried at the end, but I can do it. I always feel so much better after I am done.
The results--So far, I have lost 30+ pounds since April, no longer in pain, and am in much better shape physically. I have realized this is for a lifetime. Not just for a few months or a year.

Why did I want to do this? Of course, to look better and feel better, but also, because if a disaster or emergency situation comes, I will be healthier and stronger. I may need to walk some distance to safety. I may need to carry my 72 Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack for some distance. I will have a higher chance of surviving an injury, which could turn into a serious infection.

Important: Always check with your doctor before starting a diet or exercise program.


May we each strive to be healthier by eating healthier and getting some type of exercise, no matter how small it may be. I know some of you physically cannot exercise as others. Talk to your doctor about an exercise program that will work for you.

August Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . .
72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Stressor Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

What is a Stressor Kit?  

The Stressor Kit contains items that will help you and your household family member better handle the stressful situation of a disaster or emergency situation. For the next few weeks will be adding 4 items, one each week for 4 weeks. You can purchase most of these items at the 99 Cent Store, The Dollar Tree, The Dollar General, Big Lots or other discount stores. A few items may need to be purchased at a regular store like Target or WalMart. Some you may have around your house. There are only 10 items in this kit. The complete list is below for those who want to complete this kit faster.

Remember: You will need one Stressor Kit per household member. Place each item as we add them into a large zip lock plastic bag, write each family members name on their Stressor Kit and put it into  their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack.  

Let's get started . . . 
         This month add the following . . . 

 
1st Week: Paper Pad and Pen and/or Pencil . The paper pad should be about 5x7 inches. If you have a pencil you will need a pencil sharpener.










2nd Week: A 5-in-1 Survival Whistle. You can purchase these at emergencyessentials.com for about $2.00.





3rd Week: Family Photo.  This helps the family member, especially children, to look at their family and know that there are loved ones who care about them, and if separated, praying for their safety.




4th Week: Activity Book. It can be a crossword book, a word search book or an activity book for children. Coloring books with a small box of crayons is a;so good for children. Something to keep their minds off the situation they are might be in.



72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Stressor Kit List:

Some of you like the whole list so you can purchase all the items at once. Here it is . . .

1. paper pad and pen
2. 5-in-1 survival whistle
3. copies of insurance
4. family photo(s)
5. activity book
6. list of family contact names and phone numbers
7. favorite reading book (soft cover for adult books)
8. small travel size board game or playing cards (different one for each family member kit so you have different ones to play)
9. Book of Mormon (soft cover, about $4 on church catalog website)
Added this week:
10. $3-$5 in coin change in small zip lock bag
11. Rain pouncho
12. Space blanket 

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Four great tips . . .

Don't assume it can't happen to you!
Be prepared!
Follow the Spirit!
Have Faith! 

Do not forget to check
out the "Postings" on the right for ideas and information on being better prepared. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (July 2017)

Spiritual Preparedness . . . 

"I know, in the strength of the Lord 
                     thou canst do all things."
                                               Alma 20:4, Book of Mormon 

 
I would like to change this a little to "I know, in the strength of the Lord I canst do all things".  I strongly believe and know from experiences Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of us. If we stray off that path he will do all that he can to bring us back to it. I know that through prayer and faith we can receive the strength we need to overcome whatever obstacle passes our path. As I listen to news report interviews of people who are going through or have been through a disaster, I can spot the ones who have faith and hope in their Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ. I know those who have prepared the best they can know Heavenly Father will bless them with their needs. 

It is our responsibility to prepare both spiritually and temporally. We will find peace when we do. When we procrastinate in our spiritual and temporal preparation it is no ones fault but our own.  We will feel turmoil and unsettling in knowing we are not prepared. 

Many think it is so hard to prepare. They cannot do it. But I say, "Yes you can!". It takes baby steps, one at a time. The best thing any of us can do is to just start now. No more procrastination, no more excuses. Set small goals. 

For spiritual goals, decide to read one verse, or one chapter, in the scriptures daily, thank Heavenly Father daily and ask for guidance in prayer, go to church, for LDS members, attend the temple regularly.

For temporal goals, decide you will start a food storage goal by adding commercially canned and packaged foods your family will eat each time you go grocery shopping, just 2-5 extra ones a week. Before you know it you will have a 3-Month Food Storage supply. 

It is not hard if you take baby steps, small goals help us accomplish the main goal. You can do it!

“Believe in yourself [and] in your capacity to do great and good things. Believe that no mountain is so high that you cannot climb it. Believe that no storm is so great that you cannot weather it. Believe that you can do whatever it is that you set your heart on. [As you do this,] opportunities will unfold and open before you [and] the skies will clear when they have been dark. [Remember that] you are not destined to [fail]. You are a child of God, of infinite capacity.” –Gordon B. Hinckley

              July Monthly Assignments


Emergency Preparedness . . .
  72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness
         Backpack . . . The Hygiene Kit  

Updates . . .  
  
Backpacks: Several people have asked me where I got my backpack from. I found that the ones from emergencyessentials.com are really good. They have 3 different size, small, medium and large. I purchased the medium size one. It is great and has enough room for your 3 kits (food kit, hygiene kit and stressor kit), extra clothing and other needed items I will list after we complete the 3 kits. There backpacks are now black. Click here to see them. 

Food kits: When you purchase the food items make sure they have a least a year before they expire. Be careful in purchasing any of the food items from a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General. Many times the expiration dates are in just a few days, weeks or months. If you store your backpack in your car the food needs to be rotated every 6 months due to the heat.  In your home or at work in your office, every year. 

The Hygiene Kit . . . 

The past 3 months we have been working on the Food Kit. If you have not started or missed any of the assignments go back to January 2017 and follow through to March.  Now we will start the Hygiene Kits. You will need to adjust some of the items according to age and needs. This is just a suggestion. 

Why a Hygiene Kit? When you are in an emergency or disaster situation it is good to have things that will help you feel better, like being able to wash your hair, hand lotion for your dry hands and skin, etc. 
 
Each month I will give you a weekly assignment until we have finished the hygiene kit, just like the food kit.  You can purchase most of these items at a discount store like the 99 Cent Store or Dollar General or on the discount shelves in stores like Target and pharmacies like CVS, etc. 

Instructions: You will need one item for each house hold member's hygiene kit. Remember to adjust according to ages. Place all these items in a large zip lock bag, write Hygiene Kit and their name on the bag. Place in their 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpack. Each time you purchase an item for the hygiene kit add it to the zip lock plastic bag.


For July add the following . . .

 

1) Medical surgical gloves (several pairs, medium and large sizes): Keep in a small plastic zip lock bag.




 
2) Prescription medications and/or vitamins: You should keep the prescription meds in the prescription bottle. Save old bottles to keep a 3 day supply. You might want to put the vitamins into a weekly pill box. 

 

3) Sun screen: Purchase the correct ones for different ages.





 4) Feminine hygiene items or diapers/pull ups for the baby: Put in enough for 3 days. You may also want to consider older folks who wear adult diapers (Depends).
 













Congratulations, you have just completed your 72 Hour Individual Personal Hygiene Kits for each family member. You want to include the following optional items below. 
 
 
Optional:

1) 2-3 disposable shavers, for men: Not really necessary, but the men in your family may want to look good too, even in a disaster situation. 





 
2) Basic makeup, for women, good to feel pretty even in a disaster situation: When you foundation, powder and other makeups get low save them and put them into your Hygiene Kit. No need to purchase new items to add to it. 



Note: In August we start on the last kit for your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, the Stressor Kit.  

Emergency Preparedness Ideas  

Why should you always keep at least a half of tank of gas in your vehicles?


1)  You never know when you might need to evacuate immediately and you have no time to get gas. A half of a tank will usually get you pretty far to safety.

2) What if there is no electricity? The gas pumps will not work.

3) What if you are stuck on the freeway or highway for several hours? You may run out of gas if you are running your vehicle. Many times we have heard in news reports of vehicles running out of gas in bad weather situations or accidents where it takes hours to clear the roads.

Note: It is good, when and were possible, to keep a couple of 5 gallon gas cans full of gas for emergency situations. Make sure your rotate the gas every few months and you keep in away from your house or other structures and out of the sun. You can keep it in your garage, but away from any connecting walls to your house. Only store gas in regulated gas cans.

Emergency Essentials Blog: Some great ideas . . .
 
Tips for helping children cope with emergency disasters

Five types of floods you should prepared for

7 things you should do following a flood


I never thought to store that

7 things every prepper should know

Preparing children with special needs for emergencies

Emergency shelter 

Nest posting August July 30th.