This is one of my favorite times of year to focus on food storage and a little emergency prep because things are so accessible. Here is my suggested list of items to focus on:
August Emergency Preparedness List (click to print)
My spiritual focus this month is to be nurturers meaning to serve children during times of trial and disaster. Pray for them. One of my favorite scriptures is 3 Nephi 17:21 when Jesus Christ visits the Nephite people and prays for their children. Read the entire chapter for greater understanding of the love Christ has for children. It is tender and he has not forgotten them.
This month's food storage focus is fruits and vegetables which is a huge part of my supply. Many people harvest their own food and can it. If you're not a great gardener or canner like myself, we've got four weeks this month to find some canned food deals at our local grocery stores. Or have a friend teach you how to can. Even though I suggest gathering a 3-month supply, I personally gather at least a 6 month supply of these items because I have space for them in my basement and kitchen cupboards. I usually pick up some at the case lot grocery store sales in Utah. But you could can your own, or gather dried or freeze dried fruits and vegetables too.
Whatever you are accustomed to eating every day is best, because then you will rotate it. I know some of us freeze fruits, but also remember to put aside shelf stable foods as well. Personally I store items that I always cook with such as canned corn for tortilla soup, green beans for chicken stew, canned chilies for shredded pork, French green beans because my husband likes them, mushrooms for beef Stroganoff, and fruits for salads.
You'll always find bottled water on my monthly lists since I gather it year-round. Water is so essential to our existence. It disappears quickly from store shelves in disasters, so it is so important to have some on hand. I encourage people not to keep their eggs in one basket; meaning, don't just store it in one place in your home. I store some in barrels in the basement, bottled water in my coat closet, and some in my garage and cars.
Our emergency fund has been growing little by little each month, and I have a testimony of it. I used part of our financial reserve once, but those funds have been built back up again. I am grateful for President Gordon B. Hinckley's counsel when he said:
"Begin in a small way, my brethren, and gradually build toward a reasonable objective. Save a little money regularly, and you will be surprised how it accumulates."
My emergency preparedness focus is shelter and bedding items such as a tent, a sleeping bag for each person, a large tarp and rope or bungee cords. I know it is late in the summer to gather these, but you can find some of the best clearance sales on these items this month. If you already have them, pick up a different emergency item or put that money aside for things to gather next month.
I hope that you find my August emergency prep list useful. You are welcome to share it. Tweak it all you want and make it your own. Little by little, month-by-month you CAN build your food storage and emergency supplies and make self-reliance a natural part of your life.
“And when he had said these words, he wept,
and the multitude bare record of it,
and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them,
and prayed unto the Father for them.”
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