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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