Sunday, September 20, 2009

Be Prepared

The following is a letter that was given to sisters in another ward.

As I’m sure you have heard on recent news reports, those in the health and medical community are anticipating a very bad year for the flu virus. It has been estimated that at any given time during this flu season, 40% to 60% of the workforce in this country may be absent from their employment. That, of course, would include medical facilities, grocery stores and trucking companies. Our ability to obtain goods and services that we need to maintain daily living could be negatively impacted for an extended period of time. Hopefully, we have followed the admonition of the prophets and have established a preparedness plan for their families. If they have not, the task may seem overwhelming and with other economic and personal issues, they may have set this important and necessary project aside waiting for better times. In those situations, we have some suggestions that may help.1. Make a list of the food and hygiene items currently in your homes. When you know what is available to you, make a menu to establish how long you could survive if you could not get items from the store. Monitor to see how quickly your family uses soaps, shampoos, dish and laundry soaps, etc. to establish how much of a supply of those items you currently have in your homes. Include hygiene, paper supplies and medications on your list. Don’t forget diapers, wipes and basic first aid supplies.2. Establish what items would be necessary to be completely self sufficient for a 1 month period of time if a situation arose where you were unable to get any replacement supplies in your home. Again, in addition to food, remember hygiene and paper products as well as medications. Water storage also needs to be maintained.3. Review the family budget to see if there are any areas where expenditures could be reduced to provide means to purchase the items on that list. Pay attention to the items that you are using daily and adjust your list accordingly so that those items are replaced. Try to obtain and then maintain a 1 month supply of food and other items needed by your family. Once that is done, work on a second month supply.4. Check on your water storage. See if it needs to be treated or replaced and verify that you have at least a 2 week supply for every member of your family. The recommended amount is 2 gallons per person per day.Please have the sisters remind their children to wash their hands with soap and water several times a day while at school to avoid becoming ill. If they suspect that a member of their family may be ill with the flu, keep them home to avoid spreading it to other families. We are aware that many families are unable to take on any additional expenses at this time and are already in great need. However, we have seen great miracles take place when families live the gospel and work to follow the commandments of the Lord. The last sentence in the Visiting Teaching Message for September is a statement by Elder Hales, it says, “The reason we pray, study the scriptures, have good friends, and live the gospel through obedience to the commandments is so that when-not if, but when- the trials come, we are ready”.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Canned Chicken

Chris and I will be canning some whole chickens on Saturday September 19th. If you would like to watch or can some yourself please come on over. We will start canning at 9am.

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Please feel free to post any knowledge or tips dealing with food storage like buying it, storing it, preparing it, ect. If we put all our knowledge together we will be great. Send me an email or comment and I will get it posted. Thanks

September Food Storage Challenge

Sorry for the delay, I have been out of town without the internet. I would love to here how people did on their August food storage challenge. My family did Macaroni, and with a little patience and prayer I was able to get them .25 cents a box. I was very pleased. Alright so on to this month. The challenge for you this month is to get a three months ( or as much as your budgeted amount allows) of a canned good. You may choose canned fruits, soups, tomato sauce (maybe it goes with your last months) soups whatever you might need and use in a can. If you do not purchase items from the store in a can, pick something from the cannery that you use. Here are the instructions in case you forgot.

-First decide how much you can spend out of your budget.
-Second I will help direct you with. This month you will work to increase a canned good. If your budget is a little larger and you think you can get 3 months worth of more than one thing go for it.
-Third Pray for help. Ask Heavenly Father to help you be able to increase your storage, maybe where to shop, or the right timing, or ask for a sale on a specific item. Ask him to have someone let you know of a sale, or help you find some coupons.
-Fourth Before the end of the month make your purchase.