May you find time with family, loved ones, joy, peace and love at this Christmas season. May you remember the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ, and time to reflect on His birth. May Christmas also be a magical time for you and your family and to carrying on those feelings of joy, love, serving and giving with you throughout the coming new year.
"Light the World"
With all the turmoil in the world today, with all the natural disasters we have faced, with the terrorism throughout the world, through all the sadness and sorrow, may we find a way daily to lift those in need, to encourage, to love unconditionally as our Heavenly Father loves us, to serve each other as our Savior Jesus Christ taught throughout his ministry and time on the earth. May we each bring peace, love, caring and understanding to all those around us and throughout the world. Go to lds.org each day to see the new video for the day.
Torrance Stake and The Ark
2018 New Year's Goals
2018 New Year's Goals
- Each family acquire on a 3-Month Supply of Food and Water (See next month's January 2018 posting for the assignment)
- Each family member have a 72 Individual Emergency Backpack (See last years monthly assignments from January 2017 to December 2017 if you have not completed yours.)
- Each Ward complete a First-Aid/CPR class (Information to following in a few weeks)
- Each family have at least one item in each Emergency Supply Category (Cooking, lighting/electricity, heating, sanitation, shelter)
We will be working on these items throughout 2018.
December Monthly Assignment
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 the last 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: Seychelle Water Filtration Bottle. One for each family member's Backpack. These bottles filter out 99.9999% of bacteria and contamination. Each filter filters 100 gallons of water. You can purchase them at store.lds.org for $16.50 (comes with 1 filter) or $20.50 (comes with 2 filters). Shipping $3 no matter how much you order. Click here for the link. Note: You could have one
filtration bottle for each adult in the family so you can filter water for each family member, or each family member can have their own in case you are separated. I fill you will need more water that what is in the food kit.
2nd Week: Camping Mess Kit--One for each family member's backpack. I found them at Big 5 Sporting Goods store for $10. Check in other department stores such as Walmart, Target, etc. in their camping section. Amazon has them too. Prices vary.
3rd Week: Quick Fire Starter Packets/Pouches(2) and Water Proof Matches--You should have at least 2 pouches per family member's backpack. Starts fires instantly, can burn on water and snow, burns about 15-20 minutes. You can purchase them from emergencyessentials.com for $6.95 (12 pouches) and $12.95 for 25 pouches. Click here for the link. You can also purchase the water proof matches through them about $3.
4th Week:Camping Eating Utensils Kit or a metal fork, knife and spoon in a plastic zip lock bag. One set for each family member's backpack. You can purchase the camping eating utensils kits at most sporting goods stores and department stores in their camping section. Big 5 Sporting Goods store has them for about $5.
Note: These items make great Christmas gifts.
Emergency Preparedness Ideas
Christmas gift ideas . . .
Emergency preparedness items for the 72 Hour Individual Emergency Preparedness Backpacks make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers. Your family may not appreciate them at the time, but when the need comes, they will be happy they have them.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you next year!