Emergency Preparedness

“If ye are prepared ye shall not fear”

Be Prepared

Bishop H. David Burton
“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.
Do you:
  •   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?
Have you started a supply of:
  •   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.)
  • salt?
  • 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?
Do you:
  • 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?

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?
  • Generator?
  • 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?