EMERGENCY/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS


I’m sorry it has been so long since I last blogged! Just before Easter, while shopping for a dress, I took a fall in the department store. I don’t know exactly how it happened but I jumped up from among the clothes racks and looked all around to see if anyone had seen me tumble like a clown. My left wrist was in terrible pain but I tried to shake it off. About that time, my husband came around from the men’s section to check on what I had found. I had found nothing except the carpet…close up! He convinced me that a trip to the Urgent Care was necessary and after x-rays, no one there was sure if the wrist was broken or just badly sprained. Fortunately, a radiologist later saw it was badly sprained and needed to be kept in a brace for a couple weeks. During my recuperation, I decided to take a little time off from blogging. Typing is a lot tougher with just one working hand!

Speaking of accidents, I thought I would share my recent project. A friend of mine got me to thinking about Emergency/Disaster Preparedness. What would happen if there was no electricity, no medical care, no grocery shopping for a week? How about if there were none of these for 2 weeks? Its hard to imagine, but after the events of 9/11, we all can think of a scenario where some type of sickness or disaster could impede our day-to-day lives.
My friend, Myra, printed a copy of the LDS Preparedness Manual and gave it to me. While I am not LDS, this manual contains very useful and helpful information to help any individual or family make preparations for emergencies of every kind. I took the pages and placed them into plastic sheet protectors and inserted them into a large binder. The book has 222 pages and may only be sold at cost and is not offered for resale. The following are titles of some of the chapters in the manual:
Food Storage
Basic Food List
Storage Containers
Water
Surviving in the City
Emergency Heating and Coooking
Emergency Sanitation
Preparing for a Pandemic
Protecting Yourself from Terrorism
As you can see by this list, the manual is extremely thorough. I don’t have nearly enough food, water and other items to be prepared but at least this book has given me some great ideas to get me started.
Myra also hosts a “Preparedness Group” that meets throughout the year. This group contains men and women who help each other learn information such as how you can grow and store your own food, how to grow and use herbs for health and nutrition, how to generate electricity and other resources and where to go if you have certain needs during emergency situations.
How prepared are you to face disaster? How are you and your family getting ready to take care of your needs during unexpected emergencies? I would highly recommend the LDS Preparedness Manual for your family library. Its a wonderful resource tool!

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  1. So sorry to hear about your fall and injury! Hope you have a speedy recovery!

    About being prepared, we try to keep a three month supply of provisions (food, meds, toiletries, etc.) on hand and have dedicated cupboards for those items. It’s nice to “shop” from my own private store. 🙂 Other preparations (power, water, etc.) were made when we built our home — we live a half hour from town in the Cascade Mtn. foothills where power outages occur frequently during the stormy season. How we would do our laundry? That one I’m working on…

    Welcome back!

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    1. Wow…you are doing great at being prepared! How long did it take you to get to this point? If it becomes a true emergency, we might have to make fig-leaf clothes….easy and throw-away! LOL Yes, the good Lord knew what he was doing in the garden of Eden.
      Thanks for the well wishes and the welcome. Its nice to be back! Blessings to you!

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  2. Sherry, all the things we’ve done so far were begun about 7 years ago when we moved into our home. Other than being snowed in for a few days or losing power during a storm, the primary concern here in the Pacific NW is that experts keep telling us we’re due for a major earthquake. My recommendation is for folks to start with a three day supply of necessities, then work up to a seven day supply, etc. Think of what you use daily and wouldn’t want to be without: water, TP, toiletries & necessary meds, light (candles & matches), food (canned goods, snacks, powdered milk — keep it simple), a heat source for winter (fire wood if you have a fireplace or wood stove), a way to heat water/food, etc. Know how to shut off your gas line (if your house has natural gas). Oh, and another thing is to keep a small amount of cash on hand as well as a couple five-gallon gas cans filled.

    Hope that helps!

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    1. That information does help! Thanks so much for sharing it! Do you keep these necessities in large plastic boxes? We used to keep our camping supplies in large Rubbermaid boxes…we had our small gas-operated cookstove and lanterns, etc, in there. Whenever we had a snow storm, we would bring up the camping supplies! We always tried to keep a couple extra gas filled canisters on hand for emergencies. Unfortunately, we haven’t camped in years and I think our supplies are getting a bit rusty now.

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    2. Using camping supplies is a great way to make do when the power is out (we do this). 🙂 About storing our supplies, we take advantage of the abundant cupboards and closets in our home to store the extra. I just rotate things (not difficult to do; I just “shop” from my own “store” before buying new).

      One never knows when a power outage will occur, so it’s wise to live like our grandparents and keep some extra supplies around! Happy prepping. 🙂

      Blessings!

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Thanks for your comments!