Rose Canyon 4th: October Food Storage Group Buys

Sunday, September 30, 2012
Rose Canyon 4th Ward Members (and anyone else who is interested):

We have the following options for the group buys for October -

#10 can freeze dried apple dices (8oz), $12.00

100-piece first-aid kit, $5.50

MRE peanut butter pouches (25 ct), $10.00

Check for sign-up sheets at church on Sunday following General Conference.  Orders and payment are due by Sunday, October 28.

For more details on the items, check out the descriptions HERE.

Red Cross Mobile Apps

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The American Red Cross has recently introduced some mobile apps to help the public prepare for emergencies.  They brought out a Hurricane app a few months ago as hurricane season started, and I was a little bummed that it wasn't more broad to cover other potential hazards or areas.  But now they have brought out the Earthquake app, which is EXACTLY what we need in our area here in Utah!

The apps are free and contain lists, instructions, quizes and other useful information on preparing for earthquakes or hurricanes, including an up-to-date map of any/all open Red Cross shelters in the event of an evacuation.

From the Red Cross web site:

The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app offers videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier

to know first aid.

Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Get notified when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.

Water Storage - News Story on KSL

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
KSL News posted a short clip tonight about the importance of water storage, check it out below:

I finally did it - the Baby 72-Hour Kit!!!

Monday, September 17, 2012

The baby is 8-months old now, but I FINALLY got all of her emergency kit stuff purchased, gathered and put in a backpack!!!  Most of it has been waiting for months now, in little piles, in various places around my house.  Not anymore - I finally got my act together and put it all together.  Took me long enough...

[We've been incredibly sick at my house this weekend - I mean SICK - so I'll post the details and list of everything that's included here in the next day or so.]

Food Storage 101: Water - Storage Containers

Friday, September 14, 2012
There are many options for storing water. There are many commercially available storage containers in various sizes. You can also use plastic juice containers or pop bottles that have been cleaned with soap and water and thoroughly rinsed.

According to the site, here are some things you need to keep in mind when choosing water storage containers:
  • Use only food-grade containers. Do not use plastic milk jugs because they become brittle over time and do not fully seal.
  • Clean, sanitize and thoroughly rinse all your containers prior to filling them.
  • Never re-use containers for water storage if they have ever had non-food products in them.
When choosing containers, also keep in mind the "portability" factor. Water is heavy! A 55-gallon drum of water is great to have on-hand as long as you don't have to vacate your home. But it's not going to be so easy to pick up and move should you have to leave or evacuate.

When I first started storing water, I just used empty juice containers and soda pop bottles filled with tap water. They were a cheap option and a great way to reuse the containers. What I didn't like about this option was that these bottles started to add up - there were a lot, and they weren't stackable at all. They took up a lot of space, and the clear plastic allowed the water inside to evaporate too fast, so we were always finding half-empty bottles.

We eventually decided to change our water storage containers.  We now use several different types of containers, because it gives us more options.

We bought some blue, 5-gal square containers at Walmart. They are stackable up to 5 high. They look like big blocks, and are about a foot square, and about a foot and a half high. They have a handle for carrying, and a screw-on cap.    We bought 2 or 3 each month to keep costs down. We now have 10, which gives us 50 gallons of stored water.  These are semi-portable.  We could put them in our car if we had enough time and space and could evacuate by car.

We have also purchased (2) 55-gal drums to fill with water and keep next to our shed, as another option.  These would not be portable at all. 

Then we also have another 6 gallons or so in commercially-bottled water (individual water bottles).  These are the most portable of the options, and we use these for car trips and hiking trips and whatnot.  I also keep 2-3 of these bottles in the car with our car emergency kit.

What you choose to use is really just a matter of what works best for you and your situation. Even if you can only store a couple 2-liter bottles of water under your sink right now, it's still better than no water storage at all!

Food Storage 101: Water - How Much?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I'm putting this step first because, of the four, I think it is the most important.  You can go days or sometimes weeks without food, but you can't go very many days without water.

Now, it is not very practical to store all of the water you would need for a long-term survival situation.  If you have a backyard pool, then count yourself lucky to have extra water storage!  :)  But for the rest of us, a two week supply will have to do.

SO - let's go over the basics.


You want to plan to store enough water for a minimum of 1 gallon per person, per day, for fourteen days (2 weeks).  That is fourteen gallons of water per person in your household.  This is reserved for drinking and cooking.  This would not really include much extra water for washing dishes or bathing. 

If space and resources allow, you could store extra.  Also keep in mind that you have a little bit of built-in extra water storage in your water heater and in the back tanks (NOT the bowl) of your toilets, that could be used for washing.  And if you have knowledge in advance that your water supply will be shut off, you can fill bathtubs for extra water.

Rose Canyon 4: CERT Training Opportunity

Monday, September 10, 2012
For those in the Herriman area:

A new Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class will be starting on Oct. 4 (?). Herriman City will reimburse the $30 registration fee and all who complete the course will also receive a free CERT backpack. Click link for more details and registration.

[The class on the Unified Fire website for October 4 is actually for Midvale.  The one in Herriman says it starts on October 2, so I think the date above may be a typo.]

It is a 5-night class, for 3 hours each night, plus there is a 4-hour online training you'll need to complete.

It's actually a really fun class with a log of great information and skills.  (Putting out fires, doing heavy debris lifting, learning search and rescue techniques and first-aid, etc.)

If you're interested, let me know and I will verify the correct start date or you can register online at the link above.

Food Storage 101: Introduction

I have started this post about a dozen times over the last three years...I can't seem to ever get past the first few sentences.  There is so much to say about the why's of food storage, but I just can't seem to narrow it down into what I really want to say.  And that has kept me from getting very far.  But no longer - this is important stuff and I need to move past this. So forgive me for leaving out a huge chunk of information as an "introduction" and jumping right in with the nitty gritty.  It's not how I usually like to write, but in this case, I don't see any other way around it.   And I'll keep working on a good "Introduction" article to hopefully be able to post one of these days.

Let's just jump right in...okay?

There are lots of really great reasons for doing food storage.  In order to be successful at it, you need to have a plan.  I'm going to introduce the basics of the plan we use in our church, not because I want to indoctrinate you.  But simply because it is the plan I know most about and I happen to think it is a good one.  You may take what you want from the plan and modify it to suit your needs, religious or not.

From our church leaders:

“Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to ‘prepare every needful thing’ (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.

“We encourage members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.

“We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings. Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.”

There are four parts to the basic plan:

  • Gather a 3-month supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet.

  • Gather drinking water for situations in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted.

  • Establish a financial reserve and budget for your food storage needs.  This also includes staying out of debt and learning to live within our means.

  • Gather a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice and beans.

My goals is to go over each of these in much greater detail over the next few weeks and months.  I will give you specific information and guidelines on how to achieve each of these objective.  I also want to know of any questions you have, or topics you want help with!

Counsel from Elder Hales

Sunday, September 9, 2012
"Brothers and sisters...our children are growing up in times of economic uncertainty. Just as our grandparents and great-grandparents learned vital lessons through economic adversity, what we learn now, in our present circumstances, can bless us and our posterity for generations to come."

"All of us are responsible to provide for ourselves and our families, in both temporal and spiritual ways. To provide providently, we must practice the principles of provident living: joyfully living within our means --- being content with what we have, avoiding excessive debt, and diligently saving and preparing for "rainy day" emergencies. When we live providently, we can provide for ourselves and our families and also follow the Savior's example to serve and bless others."

(Elder Robert D. Hales, "Becoming Provident Providers Temporally and Spiritually", April 2009 General Conference)

What I'm Buying - Smith's 9/7

Friday, September 7, 2012
Smith's is having their fall case lot sale this week! 

I did most of my case lot stuff at the Macey's case lot sale last month, so there wasn't a lot I needed.  But I did still find a few good deals.   Unfortunately, the trip ended up being about twice the amount I was anticipating....ugh.

They are running another Buy 10 Items Save $5 Instantly promo, and some of the promo items are also part of a Kraft Catalina deal where you buy 10 Kraft items and get a $10 Catalina coupon at checkout good for your next purchase.

I also picked up 4 non-dairy frozen desserts (fake ice cream) that I had already put in the freezer, so they are not in the picture.   They were SUPER expensive, so I don't get them very often.

My total for all of this was $125.78.  And I also got $12 in Catalina coupons to use for my next trip.

Not one of my best savings trips by far, especially when compared with last week.  But I was able to stock up on some of my food storage items that were getting low, like ketchup and mayo and peanut butter.

What I'm Buying - Smith's 8/23

Thursday, September 6, 2012
Things were so crazy last week that I completely forgot to post anything about this trip.  Sorry I don't have any details - I've lost my shopping list that had all the coupon matchups and final prices....

It was a good trip though.  My total after promos and coupons was just $44.29.

Murray Cannery - Help Needed

Tuesday, September 4, 2012
From the Murray cannery:
We are in need of a few volunteers to help

with our CORN Welfare Assignment this week

Wednesday September 5th

Thursday September 6th

Friday September 7th

We will be canning Corn

The shifts are 3 ½ hours

· 7:00am-10:30am, 10:00am-1:30pm

1:00pm-4:30pm, 4:00pm-8:00pm

Signups are open!

We are so thankful for your willingness to help serve

At the Murray Cannery

To sign up click on a link below to see the signup

sheet and to schedule a shift

Traci Johnson

Murray Cannery
4373 So Main Street
Murray, Utah 84107