Monday, April 4, 2016
"Plan to build up your food supply just as you would a savings account... We urge you to do this prayerfully and do it now." President Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference October 1980; and in that same talk, he also said….
“There are blessings in being close to the soil, in raising your own food even if it is only a garden in your yard and a fruit tree or two. Those families will be fortunate who, in the lasts days, have an adequate supply of food because of their foresight and ability to produce their own.”
I was requested to do a whole blog post on sheltering in place so we shall honor the request…
As you know our embassy in Brussels had Americans shelter in place, this does go hand and hand with a 72 hour kit in that we should be prepared to evacuate and be prepared to shelter in place in your home. Now if you have been working on your storage you could easily stay in, what if you did not have your storage? You could put a loved one in danger to go for food. You could be the neighbor that can share with your neighbors.
http://www.csusm.edu/em/procedures/shelter.html - this is good
www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/shelterinplace.html - scroll down for procedures for sheltering in place
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelter_in_place - more on sheltering in place
http://www.nationalterroralert.com/shelterinplace/ - good info
http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/shelter/index.asp - helpful info here too
http://www.cambridgema.gov/emergencymanagement/shelterinplaceinformation.aspx and here
http://www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340182_shelterinplace.pdf - Redcross info.
https://www.ready.gov/shelter - more info
http://survivalweekly.com/downloadable-files/article-sheltering-in-place/ - very helpful
While we are talking along this line, do you have fire drills and evacuation plans posted on the refrigerator?
Also a tornado plan - We should be ready as we are heading into our severe weather time of year.
It is a good idea to have plans. We had a fire evacuation plan that we were to get out of house and run to the big tree out back.
Be thinking about gardening, it will soon be here. We plant May 15 and after.
http://www.onsuttonplace.com/2016/03/indoor-mason-jar-herb-garden/ - this would be nice in the kitchen
We are responsible for our family to have needed food, clothing, and shelter as best we can.
When we as people put in our storage, if our living space is small, we need to be creative. If we have much room we still need to be creative and most all of us fall in the middle and have to be creative.
I feel we need to go over this again... do not store your food on concrete directly. You need to put wood between the item and a cement floor palettes are easy to get and can be used for this purpose.
I store in buckets I get from bakeries for free. I wash and dry thoroughly. If you purchase buckets make sure they are food grade buckets. We have used buckets for short evacs when in college.
We have had short periods of this but if anything unforeseen were to happen really have your home be a shelter for you and others.
Keep working on skills that you would need in anything that happens. Build your storage, also make sure you have fun board games - you could have no power.
This post is not to scare you, just to help you be prepared for anything. I am proud of you all.