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Things to Consider – Be Prepared for a Disaster

Things to Consider – Be Prepared for a Disaster

There are many things we can do to prepare our selves for disaster. Even if we do not live in a place where natural disasters regularly occur, we need to consider the possibilities, as awful as it may seem, its best to be prepared.  All at once it seems rather overwhelming, one may think,  “how can I be prepared to protect and provide for my family and communities safety and survival, in such economically trying times.” We must break it down in to smaller objectives, and realize we don’t have to do it alone. One of the biggest things in emergency preparedness is going to be laying out a plan of action, with means of communication, shelter, etc, for our families then ward and stake. These are things we can do together by bringing it up with are church leaders, and learning our stake/ward emergency plans and developing family emergency plans.

Things to consider…

Food supply (three month)- this should be made up of food from your every day diet, and can be built up slowly by buying a few extra items each time you go to the store. You can start by building up an extra week, and then two weeks and so on. Food in this portion of your supply should be interchanged regularly to avoid spoilage and waste.

Drinking water- should be stored for in case of pollution or disruption to normal supply. Water should be stored in cool dark place if possible, in resilient, tightly sealed containers (reused 2 liters from soda and the like), and if not from an already safe clean source, it will need to be distilled and purified.

Long-term supply of basic foods- this portion of your storage should be made up of basic foods that have long shelf life, such as wheat, rice, and beans, which if stored properly can last up to 30 years.

Other things to consider: medication/first aid, 72hour kits, clothing/bedding, important documents, and means of communication (satellite phones/amateur radios) due to the possibility of phone lines being down.

Once you’ve developed a plan with your family its time to start looking at a larger framework, your community (particularly ward and stake). Talk to your bishop or stake leader to find out about your ward or stakes emergency plans.  Ward and stake welfare committees, under the direction of the bishop or stake president, should prepare these plans and update them periodically. Also there should be occasional ward meetings on the subject going over key proponents of the plan such as disasters likely to occur, delegation of priesthood and relief society responsibilities, maps, addresses, and contact information of members, members with special needs, list of members with resources such as medical training, special equipment (armature radio) or heavy equipment and operators, as well as the customs, standards and requirements necessitating use, and regulations for use of meetinghouses as emergency shelters.

For more information on emergency preparedness, food storage, ward and stake emergency plans, response agencies and supplies visit providentliving.org or lds.org. Both sites have links to a great deal of useful information. Other sites with valuable information include but not limited to ready.gov, fema.gov, redcross.gov, and osha.gov

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