Thursday, March 30, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monhtly Assigmments (Week of April 2nd)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
187th Annual General Conference
Saturday, April 1st,  9:00am (PST), 1:00pm (PST)
Saturday, April 1st, Priesthood Session, 5:00pm (PST)
Sunday, April 2nd, 9:00am (PST), 1:00pm (PST) 
The BYU TV channel or on your computer at

Come listen to a Prophets voice, his Apostles and 
General Authorities
Be filled with the Spirit, receive answers to your prayers and become spiritually prepared.  

It took Noah almost 100 years to 
                                       build the ark . . .

According to Genesis 5 and 6 it took Noah almost 100 years to build the ark. In Genesis 41-43 we read about Pharaoh's Dream and Joseph. They prepared for 7 years. Many mocked Noah and Joseph for preparing something the people could not vision or imagine. The skies were blue, everything was great. Then the rain and flood came. Then the 7 years of drought and hunger came. Our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) have admonished its members for years and years to be prepared with extra food, water, emergency supplies, to get out of debt and have a rainy-day savings. Our local and federal governments also admonish us to prepare. Do we allow others to mock us or say we are foolish for preparing for something we cannot see in the future or may never happen?

I would rather be prepared and not need it than need it and not be prepared!  Imagine if there was a disaster or you lost your job or your health deteriorated where you could not work, your children said they are hunger and you have no food to feed them or money to purchase the food because you did not prepare. How would you feel? There are many reasons we might need our emergency food storage and emergency supplies. It takes time to build your ark, or your emergency preparedness food and supplies. Why not start right now, no more procrastination? 

This blog is meant to help you become better prepared for such events in your life, in your family's life. Be better prepared!  

New April 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 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 April add the following . . .

1st Week: Water-less Shampoo--Small bottle. You will want to have water-less shampoo so you do not use your valuable drinking water to wash your hair. In a disaster or emergency situation having clean hair will make the situation more tolerable per a woman who went through something like this. When someone in my family has been in the hospital I save the water-less shampoo they give them for my 72 Hygiene Kit. You can also purchase this at places like Target, CVS, Rite-Aid, etc. About $5.00.

2nd Week: Tooth Paste--Small tube, age appropriate and their favorite kind. Take out of the box and place in a small zip lock bag to avoid leakage. 

3rd Week: Tooth Brush--Age appropriate.

4th Week: Small Comb or Brush

Here is the complete list if you want to complete your 72 Hour Individual Hygiene Kit now. 

1. water-less shampoo
2. tooth paste, small tube, age appropriate
3. tooth brush, age appropriate
4. small comb or brush
5. small bar of soap in a small baggie or small bottle of liquid soap with a small wash cloth
6. small bottle of hand lotion
7. hand sanitizer
8. heavy work gloves
9. deodorant (only for those that need it)
10. small container of baby wipes (found this at the 99 Cent Store)
11. respirator masks
12. roll of toilet paper
13. feminine hygiene items or diapers for the baby
14. medical gloves, several pair
15. prescription medications and/or vitamins in a weekly pill box
16. sun screen
1. 2-3 disposable shavers, for men
2. basic makeup, for women, good to feel pretty
Emergency Preparedness Ideas

13 Ways a Sun/Solar Oven Saves You Money While Being Prepared . . . 

Check our this great video on different ways your can use your sun/solar oven. Did you know you can cook a turkey in it, did you know your can dehydrate fruits and vegetables with it? Click here to watch the video (1 hour and 15 minutes, but well worth the watch)

Some great ideas and information from the Emergency Essentials Blog . . . 

The Emergency Essentials Blog has many more great ideas and tips on emergency preparedness and food storage, check them out here.

Great things to know . . .

How many of us have important documents to shred and chemical waste to dispose?

For those in the South Bay area--

The Shredding Place
1926 Del Amo Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90501
Call ahead for an appointment, 9am-5pm. Up to 60 pounds $15. Watch as they shred your documents. They also take care of hard drives and other electronic devices for a fee.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Services
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
Saturday and Sundays only, 9am-3pm
Old paints, car fluids (oils, anti-freeze etc,), electronic equipment, no refrigerators, stoves, or appliances. Call to see what they will take. Do not get out of your car, they will remove everything. Free. Limited electronics. 

Check your local areas for these types of disposal places. 

Comments and Questions: Please share you comments or questions below or email me at Thank you for your comments and questions. 

Next positing April 30th

Friday, March 3, 2017

Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage and Monthly Assignments (Week of March 5th)

Communication After a Disaster

After a major disaster most communications are shut down due to down power/telephone lines, down cell towers and circuit over loads. After the E5 tornado hit Joplin, Missouri USA our daughter said it was hard to get through on the land line and cell phone, at times it was impossible. As community and church leaders got together they realized the only communication they had was to send out runners to check on various areas and to report back the damages, injuries and needs.  Church leaders realized the only communication they had was to rely on the Holy Ghost to guide them. They meet by lanterns and candle light, and prayed for inspiration as how to help the people. Answers to prayers came.

What can we do to help with communication once a major disaster hits our area?

1) First, stay off the land lines and cell phones. Only use your phones to report very serious injuries or those who are trapped and need immediate assistance. When every one gets on the phones it over loads the circuits and no one can get through. Keep the lines open for emergency responders.

2) Sometimes texting will work if the cell phone does not. Try texting rather than making a call.
Keep the lines free for emergency calls.

3) If possible, have some other way of communicating. In our church there are members who are licensed Ham Operators and can communicate through that method. If you can, take a Ham Operating course, get your license and purchase a Ham radio. Even your children can learn how to operator the radio in an emergency situation.


4) Always stay close to the Spirit so you can receive inspiration for yourself, your family and
your loved ones. The Spirit will guide as what to do and not do. Listen and follow.


5) If you have to leave your home or your car, leave a note on the front door or your car as to where you are going, who in the family is with you, the condition of each person. 

6) Each family member should have an out of state contact person, name and phone number. Sometimes you can reach some one out of state before you can reach some one near by. The Bishop of  a church realized he could reach a Bishop in another state. He had that Bishop contact his members. When a disaster hits, each family member should text that out of state contact person where you are, your condition and where you are going or if you are staying where you are and where that is. Each family member should have this name and number in their wallet, purse or backpack. Teach your children how to text them or call them.

7) Keep a working radio with extra batteries near by. If the electricity is down you can find out what is going on in your area and what local leaders are telling you do in case of a major disaster or civil unrest. Follow their instruction, stay sheltered in place if possible and being told to evacuate. The radio in this picture is a great one. It can run off of batteries or solar. It also has a hand crank. You can find them at or other stores.

 March Monthly Assignments

Emergency Preparedness . . . 
72 Hour Individual Emergency 
                  Preparedness Backpacks . . . Food Kit

 In January we started the Food Kit for our 72 Hour Individual Backpacks. If you have not started yet, go back to January and February and complete those items.   
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.

Important: If you are purchasing your food items from a discount store, check the expiration dates. You want them to last for at least a year. Discount stores often sell products that are about to expire. 

72 Hour Food Individual Kit Menu:

It is the same menu for each day, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

Day 1, 2, and 3

Breakfast: Oatmeal (instant), Raisins (small box), Hot cocoa (instant)

Lunch: Peanut Butter Crackers, Fruit Cup, Trail Mix

Dinner: Soup (and instant kind like Chicken Noodle), Granola Bar, Fruit Drink Mix

Snacks: Fruit Snacks, Gum, Hard Candy, Beef Jerky

Water: 2 Liter bottle or 3 smaller ones (not the really small ones) (Remember: Use this water sparingly, it is used for drinking as well as for the oatmeal, soup and hot chocolate/apple cider, not for bathing.)

Note: This is a high calorie menu. When someone is in a stressful situation they burn more calories. Adjust to family member with allergies and medical conditions like diabetes. 

Remember, you need 3 of each item for each member in your house hold. This month add the following items and put them in the large plastic zip bag with the last 2 months items and place each kit into each backpack . . . 


Week 1: 3 fruit juice boxes--any flavor your family member prefers. 

This completes your 3 day menu of food. The next 3 weeks are snack items.


Week 2: 1 large pack of gum or several small packages of different flavors. Helps when you feel hungry.


Week 3: Hand candy--about 10+ pieces per family food kit. You want hard hand so they can suck on it and it will last long. If you purchase mint candy place the candy in another zip lock bag, or all your food will taste like mint.

Week 4: 1 Large package of Beef or Turkey Jerky--One blog viewer said you can purchase individual bags at Costco, and probably Sam's Club (you will need 3 for each family food kit), or you can purchase one large bag at your regular grocery stores, should be enough for 3-4 days. 

Now that you have completed your 72 Hour Individual Emergency Food kits: Place all the food and snack items in a large zip lock plastic bag for each family member in your house hold. I like to double bag mine. Place each Food Kit for each family member member in the house hold in their individual backpacks. I like to put their names on the Food Kits since some food may be different due to food allergies, medications taken or dislikes. 

Put a copy of the breakfast, lunch and dinner menu above with each food kit. 

Next month (April) we will start the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Hygiene Kits. 

Food Storage . . . 

President Gordon B. Hinckley stated, "We [as a church] have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the best storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelations the Lord has said, 'Organize yourselves, prepare every needful thing.' (Doctrine and Covenants 109:8).

"Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come.

"We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day." (Ensign, November 2005, 62)

While we are working this year on our emergency supplies, the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks, the 72 Hour Family Bag, the Emergency Medical Kit and the Emergency Cleaning Bucket we need to continually be adding to our water and food storage. 

We are encouraged to have at least a 3-Month supply of food (canned and packaged foods) and water. In areas of the world were you are not allowed to store extra food and water, store what you allowed by law. Do not worry about the long term freeze-dried and dehydrated foods until you have at least a 3-months supply of canned and packaged foods. Store only what your family will eat. Watch for sales. Take that savings and put it into a jar for your emergency rainy day, even if it is just some change, it all adds up quickly.

Each week when you go grocery shopping add a few extra cans and/or packages of food. Before you know it you will have your 3-months emergency supply of food and water. Remember, the key to good food storage is rotation. Do not let your food expire, rotate as needed.

Emergency Preparedness Ideas 

Great article: In last months Ensign, February 2017 (pages 44-49), there is a great article on emergency preparedness; temporal preparedness, mental preparedness and spiritual preparedness. People share their personal stories. Please click here to read this great article.

Car headrest: 

Did you know your car headrest can save your life and it is made to be removable?  

Your car headrest was designed to help you in an emergency. If you remove the headrest the posts that go into the back of the seat were designed to break the glass of your car windows.

If you find yourself trapped in water and you cannot escape through the door and the car is filling with water, remove the headrest and jab the post into the window glass. Cover yourselves as you do this to keep the glass from hurting you, or turn your face away. Once the glass is broken escape through the window as quickly as possibly to safety.

Comments and Questions: Please share your comment and questions below. We all learn from each other. Or you can email me at Thank you. 

Next posting March 31st with April's monthly assignments and emergency preparedness ideas.