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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Covid-19 Coronavirus and Earthquake Preparations

Covid-19 Coronavirus and Earthquake Preparations

Wow what a week!!  Who would have thought we would have both a Pandemic and an Earthquake to handle in one week?  If you haven't started preparing both Temporally and Spiritually for events such as this, it's time!

I held a class talking about preparation specific to the Covid-19 Coronavirus.  In this video I cover what to store for food in a short term (we hope) quarantine situation.

And as a bonus, I covered what to store to keep yourself and your family healthy using natural medicine.

Some highlights:

  1. Why do we prepare
  2. What constitutes an emergency
  3. What food to store
  4. What else should be stored - including sprouting seeds, natural medicines for prevention and Nature's First Aid Kit
  5. How to prepare your family

Video about Covid-19 Prep - Food and Natural Medicine

I talk about documents in the video and they can all be found here:

Outline of Presentation

3 month Sample Food List
3 month Food Storage List

Long Term Food Storage Inventory

Survival and Sprouting Seeds

Natural Medicines to Store

Virus prevention and treatment

Preparedness Test
Self-Sufficiency Made Easy

Spiritual Preparedness FHE Lesson
Be Prepared FHE Lesson

Food Storage Cookbook
Food Storage + Cookbook

Earthquake Information

This is a great site with information on everything related to earthquakes.  Check it out, along with this simple video that is good for the entire family.

Earthquake Safety Guide

Earthquake Information Video for the Entire Family

Please make sure to check back frequently for more information about Preparation and Life during an Emergency.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Long Term Food Storage

Long Term stored foods are what most everyone thinks about when they are wanting to get prepared for an emergency.  A store room full of shining #10 cans with who knows what inside.  It makes us feel at least a little more ready for what might come...and it is the starting point, but there is more to it.

Some of the most frequent questions about Long Term Food Storage are;

1. How much do I store for my family?
2. How do I inventory and rotate the food?
3. How long will it really last?
4. How to I use these food staples if I have to?
5. Where do I put it all?

Have you asked some of these same questions?  This and more is answered in the MM Stake Self Reliance video on Long Term Food storage here:

There are some short cuts that are worth knowing about to get you to your goals faster.

How much??  You can use this calculator to figure out the totals for your family.
When you add your family info in you're going to get some serious numbers!  What in the world would you do with all of that food?  These foods are staples that are the building blocks of hundreds of recipes and things you can eat, now and in an emergency.  

Do I have to get it all now?
Heavens no!  Break it up into months and buy enough for one month.  You'll find a way to get more when it's time.  I challenge you to look around at what you have that could be traded for food storage.  My husband had a motorcycle that he rarely used.   We sold the motorcycle and bought food storage with the money.  You'll often be surprised at what money you have in "stuff" when you look at your home, garage and other places.  You might have the ability to get the recommended amounts when you think about "stuff" as potential food!
Where do  I buy the food?
The easiest and best answer is the LDS Home Storage Center.

What can I buy at a Home Storage Center?

Home storage centers help Church members and others build a basic supply of food for their longer-term home storage needs. Several prepackaged items are also available through the online store.
Prices effective as of January 1, 2019
ProductStore Price*Online Price*More Information
Apple Slices$67.50$76.00View Product Page
Beans, Black$33.00$43.25View Product Page
Beans, Pinto$33.00$41.75View Product Page
Beans, Refried$36.00$45.25View Product Page
Berry Drink Mix$54.00N/AN/A
Carrots$51.00$63.00View Product Page
Dry Onions$45.00$56.75View Product Page
Granulated Sugar$30.00$40.00View Product Page
Hard Red Wheat$21.00$25.75View Product Page
Hard White Wheat$22.50$25.00View Product Page
Hot Cocoa Mix$51.00N/A
Macaroni$27.00$22.50View Product Page
Nonfat Dry Milk$48.00$62.75View Product Page
Pancake Mix$32.00N/A
Peanut Butter$48.00N/A
Potato Flakes$30.00$37.00View Product Page
Potato Pearls$51.00N/A
Quick Oats$22.50$26.00View Product Page
Regular Oats$24.00$25.50View Product Page
Spaghetti Bites$27.00$21.75View Product Page
White Beans$33.00$39.75View Product Page
White Flour$24.00$25.00View Product Page
White Rice$30.00$36.75View Product Page
*Prices by case. Prices vary between home storage centers and online orders due to shipping costs.
There are also stores that have bulk items available if you search them out in your area.
How do I use this stuff?
Here is a great article that includes some tips for using these foods:
The key is just to buy SOMETHING. Start SOMEWHERE.  The first can wont' be your last, but it will be the start of you following commandments for storing food, and the Lord will help you get what you need.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Short Term Food Storage Revisited!

Most people that talk about food storage differentiate between long term and short term foods.  What are the long term foods?  The ones you typically think about when you talk about food storage - those #10 cans of wheat and rice and hard beans.  These are needed and something you will definitely want to store, but they are not that useful in a short term emergency.

The nature of an emergency creates a very stressful situation.  You are stressed, your family is stressed...the last thing you want to do is to start eating foods your body isn't used to.  In a short term emergency situation (think 3 months or less) you want to eat foods that you are used to and that can be prepared easily.  

Check out the stake video on short term food storage here:

What are these foods?  The foods you buy and eat every day.  Some ideas:


  • Canned soups and chili 
  • Boxes of macaroni and cheese 
  • Crackers and peanut butter
  • Canned or dried fruits
  • Juice boxes

  • Hamburger helper
  • Cans of stew
  • Instant rice. 
  • Rice-a-roni and couscous (plain and flavored) 
  • Canned meats
  • Canned vegetables and canned fruits 

  • Small packages of jerky
  • Dried fruit, and nuts
  • Cookies and candy
  • Pretzels, goldfish crackers

The idea is that you store foods you are already eating.  The easiest way to gather these foods is to purchase extra when you are at the store.  If you're buying one can of soup, buy two so you have an extra for storage.  Done this way, you can build your three month short term food stores in no time.

Last year the church made a change as well.  They changed the bulk of the food they were processing to "finished goods" like pasta and pancake mix instead of flour.  They see the need for these easier to prepare foods.  

Keep an eye open for case lot sales at your local grocery store, or Maceys has case lots on sale all the time and Costco and Sams Club only sells by the case.  This is a great way to stock up.  

Goals for February:

Choose one or more of these goals for February to ensure you are prepared for ready to use food in an emergency:1. Purchase three cases of canned goods your family likes to eat

2. Every time you go to the store this month, choose a few items to buy double of so you can store the extras.

3. Make sure you have some protein and fats in storage - peanut butter, cans of tuna, vegetable oil

Let's get prepared together!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Please Check out the newsletter from the Home Storage Center. There is great information, specials and even recipes that are worth you taking a look!

Here is the link for the newsletter:

January 2020 Home Storage Center Newsletter

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Water Storage Revisited!

We keep coming back around to the same topics...alot like we do in the church and gospel!  It's because we need to keep hearing and learning and improving on our Emergency Preparedness.

This month is no different, we are going to revisit Water Storage. 

I challenge your family to do one of the following three tasks for January:
1. Purchase 1 case of bottled water per person to store - under the bed is a great place to keep it
2. Purchase one 50 gallon barrel (can find used on ksl often) and store water in your garage
3. If you have enough water stored, empty and refill your containers

Here are the church guidelines:

LDS Church Water Storage Guidelines

Info from the Home Storage Center

Drinking Water Guidelines

The stake video on this topic is the most viewed video on the Stake youtube account (23,000 people have watched and learned with us!).  Check it out here - lots of great information you can use tomorrow in your water preparation.

If you would like a different starting point, here are links to LDS resources you can use to get your on your way in water storage:

How to Start a water supply from Mormon Channel Blog

Water Storage Options from LDS Living

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Self Reliance Christmas Gifts!

Remember the Emergency Evacuation Awareness Drill on 

Thursday December 5th!  

What to do:  At 10 am text all of your family members and check in
Future preparation: Think about what you would do if this were a true emergency and you were being asked to evacuate.  

  • Where would you meet? 
  • Who would you call?
  • What would you take?  

This is a good opportunity to have these discussions!

23 Self-Reliant Holiday Gift Ideas:

Christmas time is a very busy time of year.  There is always thought about what gifts to get our friends and family.  I often wonder if anyone even needs or wants the things I give!  This year, include some self reliance gifts under the tree.  You know you feel good about giving them and the person receiving will be able to put them to use! 

Canning setThis is a great gift for someone who wants to start preserving their own food next year.

Fermenting crock - A fermenting crock will be used year round.  Look in second hand stores for great old crocks.

Dehydrator- Wonderful tool for storing extra produce and other foods.

Food storage jars- Food storage jars can be used to store foods you buy in bulk.

Fermenting, dehydrating or canning book

A whole Foods Cook Book

Re-usable bags- great to help reduce waste

Castiron cookware- castiron is great to cook on and can often be found second hand.

Heirloom seeds- store this in the fridge until next year’s growing season

Kneeling pads – this is great for saving knees in the garden.

A gardening apron- saves trips back and forth to the shed.  Keep everything right at your finger tips.

Harvest basket- perfect to carry your harvest in for dinner

A plant or two

72 hour kit – this is a very useful gift anyone would love

Dynamo torch - Hand cranked and solar powered flashlight.

Wool Socks!