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Realize Preparedness Peace of Mind in 2009

Realize Preparedness Peace of Mind in 2009

Realize Preparedness Peace of Mind in 2009


When the pamphlet “All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage,” was published in 2007 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, several Ensign magazine articles regarding preparedness appeared shortly afterward. Some speculated whether the publications indicated a drastic emergency on the horizon. Did the prophet foresee the current economic crisis or more inevitable natural disasters? He didn’t have to. Self-reliance and preparedness counsel is not new, in fact it’s been shared for more than two millennia.  


The Church’s web site explains that the pamphlet was created “to teach the simple principles of home storage and encourage participation. It offers hope by showing that it is possible for most Church members to prepare for adversity, starting modestly by storing a few items of food, filling a few leak-proof containers with water, and saving a few coins each week. The pamphlet helps eliminate the perceived complexity of home storage.”  The site further declares that the information outlined in the pamphlet also supersedes all previous counsel. 


In the pamphlet, the First Presidency states,“We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.” Adversity can be an unexpected car repair, a neighborhood evacuation from a gas leak or a  life-changing disaster affecting whole communities. 


By suggesting small goals as in “starting modestly,” “a few items of food,” and “saving a few coins,” the revised counsel makes the goal of family preparedness attainable. So you really can nibble away at that emergency preparedness and home storage elephant in the room. Alma said,“by small and simple things are great things brought to pass,” (Alma 37:6). Peace of mind in 2009 can be one of those great things.


To get started, check out the frequently updated columns “3-Day Kit Korner” and “Squirrel It Away—Home Storage” on this site for reasonable weekly and monthly preparedness goals.


3-Day Kit Korner


This column offers ways to start emergency 3-day kits if you need it. Here are a couple of goals for this month.

1. Get a sufficient First Aid kit for your household. 

You can purchase complete kits at drug stores and some department stores or you can create your own using suggestions from or

2. Get some type of portable pack for your kits.

It can be a backpack, a rolling duffel or an old suitcase. It can even be a 5-gallon bucket with a lid if you have nothing else. Make sure children ages 5 and up can carry their own and that all packs are not overweight for their owners. Affordable portables can be purchased at thrift stores and some garage sales. Make labels for each pack that include name; parents’ names; phone numbers; home address; birthdate; an emergency contact name/number; names and numbers of relatives, friends or neighbors, allergies; medications and instructions; medic-alert info, etc.


Squirrel It Away—Home Storage

Here’s a weekly shopping list for home storage…

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