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Beginning LDS Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery – All LDS Members Should Know this!

Beginning LDS Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery – All LDS Members Should Know this!

In the past, we’ve heard time and time again about the importance of organizing our houses and being prepared. With the hard-hitting economic times of late, we can finally see why our Church leaders would urge us to perform a few simple tasks in order to get ourselves prepared for any type of emergency; whether it is financial, natural or otherwise. While beginning the daunting task of organizing your emergency preparedness may seem confusing and labor-intensive at first, breaking the to-do list into smaller pieces can go a long way in creating a foolproof plan to getting you, your family and your home prepared.

The First Presidency urges us to tackle four distinct tasks while preparing for an emergency. Those are: a three month food supply for each family member, storing water, having a financial reserve, and finally creating long term food storage for our families. Each one of these tasks can be broken down into easier tasks that are doable for any family.

To create your three month supply of food, it is important to remember that the three month supply should include items that you and your family normally eat and use in the course of three months. The easiest way to start this project is to simply add a few extra items to your shopping cart each time you go to the grocery store. For instance, if you usually purchase crackers while at the store, buy a few more boxes for your three month supply. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the items add up. Besides food, remember to include toiletries in your three month supply, such as bathroom tissue, diapers, and other items that your family would need in an emergency.

When it comes to storing water, look for guidelines in your area for treating your water for purification and storage. If the water has already been treated, such as bottled water, no additional action is needed, other than emptying and refilling that water to keep it fresh from time to time. Keep it in a cool, dark place and ready to use should you need to.

Saving up your financial reserves can be easier said than done. The best way to save money for an emergency is to put a little away at a time in an account that isn’t easily accessed so that you aren’t tempted to use it. Remember that it is money for emergency use only, and to use it sparingly and with good judgment. Even if you are only able to save a small amount each week or month, it will add up and give you piece of mind in a potential crisis.

Finally, you should be able to build up a long term supply of food storage using bulk items such as flour, sugar, powdered milk and rice. All of these things can be purchased in bulk from your local grocery store, or from a local Church cannery if you have one near you. They should all be stored in food grade plastic containers to ward off any type of deterioration, whether from pests or humidity.

Emergency preparedness might seem like a big task when you first start to tackle it. But if you make small goals each month to complete a small step of your emergency preparedness plan, you’ll find that slowly but surely, soon you’ll have your family and home prepared for any type of emergency that may arise.

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