New addition to the emergency preparedness supplies!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Who knew that oil lamps were still relatively easy to find and actually quite cheap to purchase?!?  Hmm, not me.  Until this week, when I was browsing the aisles at Walmart waiting for a prescription to be filled. 

I found this little lovely sitting with all the candles.  She was about $6 I think.  The bottles of oil were less than that, and the wicks were .99 each!  So I brought her home with me.  I have some candles already in our storage, and some flashlights and a battery-operated lantern already, but this gives us another option.  It is safe to burn inside or outside. Of course, being glass means it isn't very earthquake-proof, so it will need to be stored someowhere safe and secure rather than just sitting open on a shelf.

And hey, should I ever have to teach a lesson in church about the Parable of the Ten Virgins, I'll have a great object lesson ready to go!  :)

The Order in Which We Should Prepare

Sunday, February 3, 2013
"And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order." - Mosiah 4:27

The leaders of our Church have counseled us to start small with our food storage, and then build it up as money, resources and local ordinances will allow. Here's a good pattern to follow:

  1. Emergency preparations and 2-week water supply: Have some basic first aid and emergency items available in easily accessible locations of your home. This may include things like a basic first aid kit, fire extinguisher, candles and matches, flashlights, copies of important documents or a basic 72-hour kit. It's also important to have some water stored. Start with 3 gallons per person, and work towards 14 (that's one gallon per person per day for two weeks).

  2. Three-month supply: Augment your current "pantry" with extras of the items you use regularly, like salt, flour, sugar, canned goods, dry goods, and frozen items. When you make out a weekly shopping list, consider buying two of each item instead of just the one that is needed - that way you'll have an extra on hand. Also include household and health items in your 3-month supply, things like toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, soap, laundry detergent, etc. Unless you have a lot of extra space at your house though, it may not be practical to store more than a 3-month supply of most things, and that is perfectly fine!

  3. Long-term supply: After you have gotten together a 3-month supply of your everyday items, begin to work on acquiring and storing for longer-term needs. These should be the basic grains and other items that can help you meet the daily nutritional requirements that your body needs. Start with only the very basics (wheat, rice, flour, beans, sugar, salt, powedered milk, oil) and add to it as resources allow. But only store those things that your family will eat - if you don't like wheat, don't store wheat, or store very little. Make rice your main grain instead, or plan on lots of beans. Make sure these items are in long-term storage containers that will protect your investment, and store them in the coolest, driest place in your home. Start with a six-month supply, and work towards having enough for one year.

  4. The extra mile: After you have acquired a three-month supply of the everyday items and a one-year supply of the nutritional basics, if you so choose, and if money and space permit, you may opt to work towards a full one-year supply of your most used items (assuming they have a one year shelf life) - for example, beginning to store more than a 3-month supply of laundry detergent, canned soups, ketchup, etc. It is entirely up to you what you choose to store and how much - it will depend on your individual and/or family needs.
I do just want to mention that while all of these physical/temporal preparations are very important, spiritual preparation is the most important of all. None of your food storage can be taken with you when you leave this earth, but your faith and testimony and knowledge of our Heavenly Father and His Son and the Plan of Salvation certainly can.