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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Presentation "2012-A Year of Preparedness" Part 4

October 2012:
  Survival Practice at the Morrisville ward campout.
Camping is just practicing a disaster.  In both, there is usually no electricity or running water or heat.
Practice surviving at the Morrisville Ward campout!
At the Morrisville Ward campout, learn whether you have the right equipment for surviving without power, water, or heat.
 Practice using your tent, sleeping bags, lanterns, etc.
Plan ahead, What gear do you still need to purchase or obtain by October?
Do you have a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads?
Can you pack enough food for your family?

Extra benefits of going on the campout:  You get to practice doing these things again!!!
Practice cooking without electricity.
Practice using shelf stable ingredients. 
Practice using stored water.
Practice having no fridge or freezer.
Practice having no electric lights.

November 2012:
 Big disaster, no stores open.  Don’t buy anything or go to any store from Sunday to Friday afternoon.
This will be done in early  November so we don’t mess  up your Thanksgiving plans.
You also have Saturday to  do your Christmas shopping.
Do not buy anything at any store or  restaurant.
You may buy gasoline.
Use only food and items you have in  your pantry, fridge, and freezer.
Important!  Before this challenge begins: 
Check all non-food items to see if you have enough:  diapers, baby formula, feminine hygiene, toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste, laundry soap, etc.
Buy all the groceries you need for the week.
Our goals:
To become more aware of the supplies we need to have on hand, 
To stock up on supplies so that when a store is not available, we have them in our house.
Develop a three-month supply,
And eventually obtain a one year supply.

“When the economies of nations fail, when famine and other disasters prevent people from buying food in stores, the Saints must be prepared to handle these emergencies.”
(The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 264)

President Spencer W. Kimball:  “I remember then the sisters used to say, ‘Well, but we could buy it at the store a lot cheaper than we can put it up.’  But that isn’t quite the answer, is it?…Because there will come a time when there isn’t any store.”  (April 1974 Welfare Session.)

December 2012
BUY emergency preparedness items as CHRISTMAS GIFTS  for many of your family members.
Gifts for lighting or making a fire during a power outage.  Flashlights, lanterns, oil lamps, glowsticks, solar powered yard lights, candles, Bic lighters.
Gifts for keeping warm in a power outage. Winter clothing, down coats, down blankets, ski pants, knit caps, mittens, snow boots, wool socks,
Tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, wool stadium blankets, indoor emergency heaters.
Buy gifts for auto emergencies: Battery charger, fix-a-flat, wool blanket, emergency kit, star wrench, jumper cables, car phone charger
Flares, fire extinguisher, maps 
Buy gifts for coping with disasters:  medical emergencies, cooking without power, camping, etc.

January 2013:

Bathing Using Stored Water
During one week, every family member bathe ONCE using stored water, heated on the stove.
OR  Bathe your small children once using stored water heated on the stove.
OR Adults only learn how to bathe using stored water heated on the stove.
OR family members heat water in Solar Shower and shower with it.
Learn how much stored water it takes to bathe your family members.
Learn to use the leftover water to flush toilets.
Learn to use a solar shower (about $7.50 at Walmart.)

Feedback and Idea Sharing, Reporting Back
This whole project is worthless if we don't share what we learn.
During the year, I will be asking for your experiences.
Report to me, I will publish your experiences anonymously on my blog.

Thanks to our bishop for challenging us to get prepared for disasters.
In the August 2011 Ensign, Elder Allan F. Packer said, 
To gain courage for what lies ahead, we need to be connected to the gospel of Jesus Christ...This is not a time to be naïve, unprepared, or unaware....We need to have the Spirit and look to the prophets and our priesthood leaders for guidance.” “Solidly Anchored in Our Testimonies,” Aug. 2011 Ensign. 
Our bishop has received specific inspiration for our ward, and I have a testimony that by looking to our bishop and the prophets we will be blessed.
I have a testimony of the living prophets, who have testified over and over that we need to obtain food and other supplies for the trials to come.  I know that what they have prophesied will come to pass, and that we can have safety and peace by obeying these commandments.  I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
(The end)

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