“If ye are prepared ye shall not fear”______________________________________________________________________
“While it is sincerely hoped that members do not get caught up in any hysteria
or obsessive preparations for disasters, the Church continues its long-standing
practice of encouraging members to be self-reliant and reasonably prepared.”
Bishop H. David Burton, Presiding Bishop, “Conversation,” Ensign, Sept. 1999, 78.
The following is the Olympus Stake Provident Living/Emergency Preparedness Survey which can be used to help your family inventory your needs and become more prepared.
“Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year’s supply of food… and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: They have at least
a year’s supply of debt and are food free.” -Pres. Thomas S. Monson
Check the box if you feel your family is adequately prepared.
- save some money, if only a few coins each paycheck?
- regularly put into home storage a few storable items (such as canned, packaged or frozen foods)
- your family typically eats and uses?
- foods your family regularly eats? (one week worth)
- foods you regularly eat? (3 month) (which could include: canned, frozen, boxed, or bottled foods)
- basic grains? (which could include any of the following: wheat, flour, rice, rolled oats, dried corn/meal, pearled barley, or other cereal grains or pasta)
- legumes? (which could include any of the following beans dry or canned: soy, pinto, kidney, lima, red, navy, black or black-eyed or peas, lentils, and peanuts)
- powdered or canned milk? (which could include: soy, rice, etc.)
- sugar? (which could also include: brown sugar, powdered sugar, honey, molasses, jams or preserves, powdered fruit drink, flavored gelatin or sugar substitutes)
- essential fats (such as: oils, shortening, butter, margarine, and mayonnaise, peanut butter, salad dressings)?
- water stored that is safe to drink?
- addtional water for bathing, brushing teeth, and dishwashing?
- soaps/cleaners? (which could include: shampoos, bar soaps, dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, cleanser, disinfectants, bleach).
- Have you started a supply of sanitary supplies? (which could include: toilet paper, diapers, wet wipes, feminine hygiene, paper towels,).
- extra toothpaste, deodorant, or other personal supplies?
- grow a vegetable garden?
- have fruit trees, berry bushes, grapevines or other fruit growing in your yard?
- know how to preserve and store your garden produce?
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST
Do you have (a/an):
- 72 kit for everyone in family?
- Adequate insurance coverage?
- Smoke detectors installed and working?
- Supply of non-prescription drugs (aspirin, anti-diarrhea medicine, etc.)?
- Easy access to needed Rx drugs?
- Easy access to some sort of make shift toilet in case sewage lines are disrupted?
- Knowledge of how to dispose of waste in emergency situation?
- Battery powered radio?
- Half a tank of fuel in car at all times?
- Medications and food packed for pets in case of evacuation?
- Easy access and knowledge of all your family members’ blood types?
- Regular earthquake and fire drills?
- A fire extinguisher near kitchen?
- Knowledge of what to do in case of gas leak?
- Emergency items stored in multiple areas in case you cannot access one area?
- Emergency water filter?
- Emergency supply of batteries, candles and matches?
- Alternative cooking source and /or heating source?
- Knowledge of what to do if caught in winter storm, high winds, lightening, wild land fire?
- Valuables (passports, photos, documents) in easily accessible place?
- A flashlight next to your bed at all times?
- First aid kit?
Has your family:
- Decided on a place to meet in case you can’t return home?
- Decided on a place to meet right outside your home in case of sudden emergency?
- Posted emergency telephone numbers by phone?
- Discussed best escape routes from home (2 ways from each room)?
- Decided on an ICE number (an In Case of Emergency out of state contact) in case phone lines are tied up?