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Emergency Financial Reserve, Food Storage, Disaster Relief, Self-reliance, and Economic Upheaval – LDS Families Are Warned and Urged to Prepare

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Emergency Financial Reserve, Food Storage, Disaster Relief, Self-reliance, and Economic Upheaval – LDS Families Are Warned and Urged to Prepare

The time of viewing emergency preparedness as being far away, in some distant point in the future, has past. With recent events affecting our nation’s economy, many of us have had to make adjustments to our lifestyle and shifts in our outlook.

According to the NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research), a recession is defined as “a significant decline in economic activity spread across the economy, lasting more than a few months, normally visible in production, employment, real income and other indicators.” The current recession, now in its 13th month, is likely to be the longest since the Great Depression (Zions Business Resource Center).

For more than 60 years, our Priesthood leaders have been preparing us for this and other situations in which we would need to be prepared. Seven years ago, in discussing the events of September 11, 2002, President Gordon B. Hinckley gave us the following counsel, “Occasions of this kind pull us up sharply to a realization that life is fragile, peace is fragile, civilization itself is fragile. The economy is particularly vulnerable. We have been counseled again and again concerning self-reliance, concerning debt, concerning thrift. So many of our people are heavily in debt for things that are not entirely necessary…

We cannot provide against every contingency. But we can provide against many contingencies. Let the present situation remind us that this [is what] we should do” (Gordon B. Hinckley, “The Times in Which We Live,” Liahona, Jan 2002, 83–86).

The Church has provided us with great resource material in getting started. The Church-administered self-reliance and welfare resources website, www.provident.living.com, contains valuable information including such topics as building a three-month supply of food, storing drinking water, creating a financial reserve, and establishing a longer-term food supply. As the First Presidency advises, “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” (All is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, Feb. 2007, 1).

In addition to establishing a food and water supply, each home should have a 72-hour disaster survival kit. These kits should include essential items to help you and your family survive for at least three days whether you stay at home or are away from home during a disaster. A quick internet search can lead you to several helpful websites to guide you in creating your 72-hour kit.

Whether you are single, married, with, or without children, you can begin today to prepare for the future. It doesn’t have to be done all at once. Making emergency preparedness a priority is the first step to being self-reliant and providing for your own basic needs and for those within your stewardship. Not only will you be prepared when need arises, you will also enjoy the blessings of peace and confidence, knowing you have followed the counsel of your leaders.

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