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In this mortal existence none of us will escape the storms of mortality

In this mortal existence none of us will escape the storms of mortality

Emergency Preparedness Tips

By Erin Bitner


In this mortal existence none of us will escape the storms of life. Our loving Heavenly Father has created a beautiful world that was prepared to help us through this experience. There will be times of prosperity and joy and there will be times of little and sadness.

Here are 10 suggestions on how we can pass through this life in relative tranquility when the sea of life is tumultuous around us:


  1. Start small – In each facet of Emergency Preparedness there must be temperance and moderation. There is no need to purchase more then you are financially able. Whenever you go to the store and have extra money in the budget, pick an item to stock up on. If you can pick items on sale, this is even better for your budget.

  2. Make a 30-day calendar of meals that you and your family eat regularly – Make a list of your ingredients for each meal. You will quickly see that there are items you could buy in bulk that can be on-hand in case of an emergency or to just save you trips to the store.

  3. Buy food storage that your family will actually eat – Buying items that no one would eat causes spoilage and waste.

  4. Store drinking water – Pay attention to how often you use water in one day and you will quickly realize that water is key to your survival and comfort. Store water in a leak-proof, breakage-resistant container. Reusing plastic bottles commonly used for juices and soda is a great way to store water. Make sure you rotate your water regularly because the plastic can break down after a couple of years.

  5. Aim for long-term storage – After you have a 3-month supply of food, you can start beefing up your food storage with items that have a longer shelf life like wheat, rice, and beans. Learn how to fit these items into your food schedule otherwise they will be worthless when you really need to use them.

  6. Have a 72-Hour Kit for each family member – A natural disaster could happen at any moment. You need to be able to grab that kit and leave if necessary.

  7. Copy important documents – Make a copy of each family member’s social security cards, birth certificates. Passports, driver’s licenses, marriage licenses, etc. Put these things in a protected place that you can grab quickly in case of an emergency.

  8. Have an emergency backpack for each family member – You never know when you might have to exit your house quickly. Each family member should pack clothes and other necessities into a backpack that can be grabbed quickly if you need to leave the house. Keeping an old pair of shoes under your bed is not a bad idea either.

  9. Save a little money from each paycheck – Unexpected hardships or expenses happen when you least expect it. Having a reserve of money can make one of these surprises less of a blow.

  10. Stay out of debt – Nothing will give you more peace of mind than knowing that you are free from owing another. If you already have debt, pay off your card with the highest interest rate first.

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