Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Preparing for Emergencies; A Year's Supply

"Preparing for Emergencies", Ensign, Dec. 1990, 59

Families who have a year’s supply of food, clothing, and fuel should rotate their supplies and take periodic inventory. As part of your effort to be prepared and to manage your family’s resources well, you will want to review your food storage and other materials. Basic storage might include—

  • Grains (wheat, rice, etc.).
  • Nonfat dried milk.
  • Sugar/honey.
  • Legumes (beans, peas).
  • Salt (iodized in some areas).
  • Vegetable oil (fat).
  • Drinking water (14 gallons recommended for each family member), plus water for washing and cooking.
  • Vitamins (replaced within 2 to 5 years).
  • Garden seeds, for planting to supplement stored diet.
  • Bedding, clothing, fabric, thread, needles.
  • Wheat grinder (hand-powered).
  • Medical supplies.
  • Scriptures, books, learning supplies.