Monday, October 3, 2016
“From President Thomas S. Monson, First Counselor, we hear: "Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food . . . and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food-free."
“We call upon priesthood bearers to store sufficient so that you and your family can weather the vicissitudes of life.”
Last month was national preparedness month!! What are you continuing to do to make sure that you are prepared?
http://nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/prep.html would you be ready???
It is a good month for you to see where you are on your family's preparedness.
Winter is on its way, do you have a car kit??
http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/winter/HowToMakeAKit.asp - I know these guys have a great place to start.
Do you have a weather radio?? It is a good thing to get, we have one in the living room and in our bedroom. It will sound when your county goes into a storm warning. Also, get your cell phone set to send you warnings. Our daughter has her's set to her weather alerts in Alabama and ours in Iowa.
It is very important to follow directions. If they say no travel advised, stay home that way others don’t get placed in danger because they have to save you.
I will also add if you do not have a desire to watch the news please watch the weather every day. You need to know if weather is coming I know when you are in a bigger town you might not be aware of how bad things are outside of town.
When they pull the plows off the roads you had better be all snug at home. It is not the time to go for milk and that too is why you need to know the weather forecast. So you don’t run out with the masses buying eight gallons of milk.
You try to be aware of your area. Do you have flashlights? Blankets? Just because you have never had a storm that has taken the power down for long periods of time does not mean that it doesn’t happen.
Do you have a plan? Do others in your home know the plan?
Information to tuck under your hat. Tornadoes can’t happen in winter - FALSE - just ask anyone in Woodward, Iowa. Flooding occurs in winter as well but mostly snow storms and the dreaded ice storms.
What could you do for heat for food if you needed too?
If you have not had any experiences learn from others. There are many who have told of their experiences.
Whatever you do stop telling yourself it won’t or can’t happen to you, because it can. So be prepared.
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2014/10/monday-message.html - worth reading
http://frugalmeasures.blogspot.com/2013/11/monday-message.html - this too
http://www.backwoodshome.com/lessons-learned-from-an-ice-storm/ - read this to see what she has learned.
We have tried to be as prepared as we can. We have a gas fireplace that works when power is out. We have a generator that is hard to start and is good to keep our sump running.
We do have a wood burning cook stove. We have a carpet sweeper. In case of no power we can still clean the carpet. We have candle and lamp and oil. We have a phone charger in the car, food stored, water, winter kit... try to do the best you can and try to think ahead to be prepared.
It is best learning all you can and learn from others who have been through it. Same goes to learn from others who have skills. There's so many things you can do.
Keep working on your storage don’t be caught being unprepared, your family is counting on you.