The thought of 72-hour kits and food storage has always overwhelmed me. I think it’s because there is so much information available, it’s hard to wade through, and get to the meat of exactly what is required.
I know that emergency preparedness is essential. We have been warned by church leaders time and time again to prepare.
“Acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life. Obtain clothing and build a savings account on a sensible, well-planned basis that can serve well in times of emergency. As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. I would guess that the years of plenty have almost universally caused us to set aside this counsel. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness.”
--L. Tom Perry, 1995
“The revelation to produce and store food may be as essential to our temporal welfare today as boarding the ark was to the people in the days of Noah.”
--Ezra Taft Benson, 1980
This week I read an amazing book on getting prepared, Preparedness Principles by Barbara Salsbury. The book is full of educated, timely information that, if followed, will help you and your family to be more prepared.
One of the guiding principles in the book is “being a little bit prepared is a whole lot better than not being prepared at all.” Not all of us have the financial resources to go out and purchase everything we need, nor should we. By following the plan Barbara sets forth in her book, you can acquire the needed items in a timely but prudent manner.
Throughout the book, Barbara discusses four categories of preparedness:
1) Principles for surviving worst-case scenarios
2) Principles of provident living
3) Principles for dealing with disasters
4) Principles for emergency evacuation
The book not only discusses items you need to store, but what to do with it once you have it—where and how to store, recipes and preparation tips, using, replacing, and rotating, and shelf life.
It also goes far beyond food storage. It discusses emergency shelter, alternative heat souces, sanitation, water, evacuation plans, communication, transportation and much more.
The book retails for $26.99 and can be purchased at your local bookstore or online at Amazon.
Barbara has also two other amazing books on preparedness:
-Beating the High Cost of Eating
-Plan . . . not Panic
For completely up-to-date preparedness information check out Barbara’s blog—Three P’s in a Pod. There she discusses a variety of personal preparedness solutions.
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