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A Guide to LDS Emergency Preparedness

A Guide to LDS Emergency Preparedness

Unfortunately, the sad fact is that emergencies occur every day when most least expect them. Don’t be one of the many who risks yours and your family’s life by not being ready for such an event. Through LDS Emergency Preparedness, you can take simple, but highly effective steps toward readying yourself for tragedies to come. Here are some suggestions of ways to prepare a 72 hour survival kit:

1. Food Storage – As you could probably guess, food is one of the very most important things to have stored. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will often suggest that their members pack very large amounts of canned, freeze dried, and non-spoilable goods. Great quantities of water are also highly necessary in storage. A human being can live longer on water than they can on food even though it may seem the other way around. Some may also think it is costly to keep such quantities of supplies sitting idle, but in truth, a dollar store or discount store should have the majority of food and water needed at very reasonable prices. Plus, why sacrifice your family for a couple dollars?

2. First Aid Kit – It should be fairly obvious that you will need to store, at the very least, a basic first aid kit. No matter what the emergency is, it most likely has the ability to do you physical harm. A simple kit of bandages, antibacterial cream, possibly needles and medical thread, gauze, and hot water has the bare necessities, but most will even include things like instructional booklets, knives, chemical remedies such as ammonia and hydrogen peroxide, and tweezers. An infected person can become highly ill, so clean and cover any minor abrasions and seek medical assistance for anything bigger.

3. Personals – There are several personal items you should always pack in the event of an emergency. Clothes and blankets are a must and can be very important in the winter months especially. They can also be used in a medical fashion for slings and things of the sort. Money and documents is another highly important matter to remember. Scriptures and genealogy records, as well as all legal documentation and insurance papers should be kept in a water proof container. Often, a zip lock baggy should do nicely to keep them nice and dry. Also be sure to keep all cash and credit cards nearby.

4. Everything Else – Flashlights, fuel, candles, matches, and batteries are all important things to have when preparing for an emergency. Some sort of can opener or knife should also be included if your first aid kit does not carry one, and don’t forget a means of cooking them. Many stores sell small, inexpensive cooking devices that can easily be used to heat cans of food and the likes. Rope, duct tape, pens and paper, and other survival equipment can be very useful in certain situation and should be considered as well.