Sunday, March 04, 2007

In The Event of An Emergency

Our ward has had some great informational activities on food storage. We had one night where the cannery specialist from our area came to tell us a little about the cannery, and then we had a question/answer panel for more information on the cannery and food storage in general. Then, Dave spoke in church on being part of "The Lord's Storehouse". Last, but not least, the Relief Society organized a trip to the cannery (it was actually the second of what I think will be regular trips), where they canned one month food supplies. I wasn't able to make it to the cannery on this trip, but those who did go, were very generous and canned three of these for us. Yay! Now I just have to see what's inside, and if I can figure out what to do with it in the event of an emergency.
Our Relief Society (or maybe all Relief Societies, I don't know) has three preparedness goals. They are:
1. Have a two week supply of water
2. Have a 3 day supply of emergency food
3. Have a 1 month supply of longer storage food
So, we're working a little backwards, but all we have to do now, is replace the food that we have eaten out of our 72 hour kits (gifts from Dave's parents for Christmas a few years back) and store some water. Pretty easy right? Oh, and if you need some more motivation, here is a quote that Dave used in his talk, that I thought was very interesting:

"By policy, it is intended that the Church will develop at maximum capacity—enough to take care of up to 30% of the membership in cases of broadscale difficulty. That’s with all six facets of the Storehouse Resource System going at full speed, canneries running around the clock, farms producing at maximum capacity, etc. At normal capacity we should be able to take care of about 10% of the membership."
-R. Quinn Gardner, Managing Director of Welfare Services
What about the other 70 to 90 percent of us? Here's what Brother Gardner has to say about that - and this is the real clincher:
"The real reserves of the Church don’t lie in the welfare program. They rest with individuals and families, in their gardens, their family storage, their work, their savings, their income-producing skills, their business, etc. The ability to take care of ourselves as a people is really accomplished as we take care of ourselves as families. That’s why personal and family preparedness is so important. The Storehouse Resource System attempts to take care of the needy, not the whole Church."

Food storage also makes a great castle or fort, and helps kids strengthen their motor skills and spatial awareness. It save money on gym class. :)
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