"I fear that so many feel that a long-term supply is so far beyond their reach that they make no effort at all. Begin in a small way…gradually build toward a reasonable objective.” -President Gordon B. Hinckley,

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

72 Hour kit Rotation

General Conference is this weekend and that is your reminder to pull out your kits and update them. Things to rotate are the food, water, clothing, and medicine.

Food- go through your pack and check the expiration dates. Anything that will expire before October should be taken out and replaced. Food items I replaced this time were: granola bars, fruit leather, hard candies, tuna pouches, oatmeal packets, and jerky. I also added toddler friendly snacks and food pouches.  Now I can enjoy watching conference with some additional snacks :)
                                                  Food I added for my 15 month old.

Water- I was using a "milk jug" looking water bottle, but found that it was not sturdy enough and was leaking. I replaced that jug with old juice bottles and they are working a lot better. Use your "old" water to water your plants or fill up the pets water dish. Don't want to waste precious water. 
                                                             Juice bottles for my water

Clothing- Time to take out the winter clothes and put in summer clothing. Make sure that your clothes fit well.  For my child I added two onesies, a light jacket, and a pair of light weight pants. Also every time she changes diaper sizes, I restock the kit.

Medicine- Check all expiration dates on any medication or vitamins you have in your kits. Make sure that nothing will expire before October, when you will update your kit again. Items I added to my kit were prenatal vitamins, children's acetaminophen (Tylenol), and adult acetaminophen,and tums. I personally don't like to take Tylenol, but since I am pregnant, I am limited to that.

Also now that my child is older I added a few new "cheap" toys that she has never played with before. I also keep her diaper bag well stocked with diapers, snacks, and a few toys.

Check your car kits and rotate items from there also.
Remember to place your kit in an easy to access area. My kits are next to the bed.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

52 Weeks to Preparedness- Week 40

Food Storage: 8 cans of vegetables
Extra Item: Multi-vitamins (to last 6 months)
Family Gear Box: Hard candy gum, and any other special treat your family would like in an emergency
Family Preparedness: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and test them.
Spiritual Preparedness: Read Alma 32:28-43
In your daily lives, strive to have faith in all things that you may reap the rewards of your faith.

52 Weeks to Preparedness- Week 39

Food Storage: 8 cans of fruit
Extra Item: 8 rolls of toilet paper
Family Gear Box: Pet supplies, such as food, leash, extra set of ID tags, and one gallon of water for each pet.
Family Preparedness: Fill out emergency information and resource sheets and place next to all telephones.
Spiritual Preparedness: The Saints in the early days of the church came west because they had faith that God had called a prophet, Brigham Young. How can you demonstrate your faith today?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

52 Weeks to Preparedness- Week 38

Food Storage: 30 lb of wheat or flour
Extra Item: 11 lb of macaroni or spaghetti
Family Gear Box: Mirror, magnesium fire starter, books to read. Be sure to include the scriptures.
Family Preparedness: Purchase and install emergency ladders for upper-floor windows.
Spiritual Preparedness: Read “A Matter of a Few Degrees” by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Ensign, May 2008, p. 57-60.
”Small errors and minor drifts away from the doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring sorrowful consequences into our lives. It is therefore of critical importance that we become self-disciplined enough to make early and decisive corrections to get back on the right track and not wait or hope that errors will somehow correct themselves.”

Friday, March 2, 2012

52 Weeks to Preparedness- Week 37

Food Storage: Fruit drink (to make 30 quarts)

Extra Item: Shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste (to last 6 months)

Family Gear Box: Add some white and brown sugar or some honey to make your food more tasty.

Family Preparedness: Look into a living will and other documents you may need in times of crisis.

Spiritual Preparedness: Read Alma 34:17-28; 39. Strive to pray more diligently so you may be led and directed in your life and that you may be able to be filled with the Spirit more frequently.