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Emergency Preparedness for the Rest of Us

Emergency Preparedness for the Rest of Us

Emergency Preparedness for the Rest of Us!


Natural disasters, economic downturns, pandemic scares, or even occasional family crises — security and consistency are things of the past. Yet, with a living prophet at the helm, there is no need to fear; rather the faithful and prudent are answering the call to consistently and methodically prepare for what might lie ahead.


If you are just beginning down the road to preparedness, you may well feel understandably overwhelmed as enthusiasts preach the necessities of gas masks, water purifiers, kitty litter port-a-potties, and 3000-calorie survival bars! If the check list doesn’t befuddle you, survival’s price tag will surely give you the shakes!


Stop! This journey is completely doable. Like the pioneers who walked over 1500 miles to answer a prophet’s call, you can accomplish this assignment one step at a time! L. Tom Perry said: “Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life. Obtain clothing and build a savings account on a sensible, well-planned basis that can serve well in times of emergency. As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness” (“If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear” Ensign, Nov 1995, 35.)


But Where Do I Start


Start your emergency preparedness journey with a simple, can-do goal! For two weeks, save every grocery store receipt. At the end of the week, highlight each item you have purchased that is conducive to storage — vanilla, toilet paper, dish soap, refried beans, hand sanitizer, cream of chicken soup, band-aids, hair color, a big bag of Skittles! As you go through your days, jot down the items you are using every day. Did you wash your hair today? Write down shampoo. Are your kids’ video games giving you a headache? Write down aspirin. Your goal is to develop a comprehensive list of all the products you use in a common week. For now, forget the wheat and powdered eggs! Their time will come! If faced with a crisis in the short term, your family will likely feel that they truly are starving if they are forced to eat soaked wheat berries drizzled with honey when they are used to eating Honey Nut Cherrios with a pop tart on the side! Your first milestone will be to collect all the storable products your family will need for one week. Don’t give into the temptation to buy 14 bottles of shampoo. If your home has two bathrooms, buy two bottles of shampoo and cross it off the list! Include in your week’s supply at least one gallon of water per person per day. Your goal is to have one complete week of the commodities your family is familiar with in your food storage. This may take one month, two months or even 3 months to accumulate, but don’t get sidetracked or tempted to put your resources toward that 50-pound bag of powdered milk. Prepare for the short term events first, then each month as you continue adding to the products you use every day, you can add longer term storage items as well. With your favorite pasta sauce on the shelf and a stash of Skittles tucked away, you can begin to add other goodies like that battery operated, 3-in-1 flashlight/cell phone charger/dvd player, one gadget at a time.





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