Saturday, January 31, 2009

Family Home Storage Workshop notes...

Thanks for taking some time out of your Saturday to come out to work at learning how to get prepared! I hope you found it worthwhile. Now we just need to do something with we don't end up like the lady in the from empty shelves! I was personally so inspired that on the way home I went to a donut shop and picked up 22 buckets with lids...and they even threw in some donuts! Within a few weeks they will all be filled with various items that I will pick up from the Cannery, Winco, and Costco.

Please know that you can contact your ward preparedness rep if you have questions.......or myself and we will be happy to try to answer them as best we can...or tell you were you can find the answer! Most answers can be found by simply searching for info on the internet.

Also be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the dates of our upcoming events.

If there is a certain link that you were hoping for that I don't have below...ask about it in the comments section...and I will add it...

Karen's talk on a 3 month supply...


Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage (

From the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
“Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we can care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.
"We encourage members world-wide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings.”

From President Spencer W. Kimball:

“Preparedness, when properly pursued, is a way of life, not a sudden, spectacular program.”

The hardest part is getting started.
Just get started!
Make preparedness a part of your monthly budget, without going into debt.
Little by little you can do it!

How I got started: I just started spending an extra $10 whenever grocery shopping. I purchased a few extra cans of peaches, spaghetti sauce, soup, etc. Before long, it really started adding up. It was exciting to see!


1. Take an inventory of canned goods and commodities.

2. Identify the space where the family will store the additional food items. If necessary, purchase or build shelves. You may also want to consider cleaning out closets and under beds, possibly moving some of those items into the garage or attic. It is best to store food in the mild temperatures of your home.

3. Determine your weekly budget.

4. Gather simple family favorite recipes.

5. Select 7 nutritious meals your family will enjoy.

6. Using these meals, create a master-shopping list that includes each of the 7 meals repeated 12 times.

7. Begin by purchasing a few items to start building one week of meals.

8. Gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months.

9. Then, add ideas for breakfast and lunch to your list.

10. Last, purchase extra toothpaste, toilet paper, soaps, medicines, detergents, diapers, wipes, and other personal items.

Note: Add some family favorite treats/comfort foods to your master list, like cookies, nuts, etc.

Note: Don’t forget that some of your long-term storage items may be used with your three-month supply, such as quick oats, etc.

Her document "Purchase plan example" (You need to do a short sign in to download)

Jolayne Nash's resources on Pandemic preparedness can be found here...and here.

Her basics on long term storage can be found here.

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