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What You Should know About Electrical Safety

Electrical hazards can cause burns, shocks and electrocution. Here are some resources on electrical safety you might find helpful.

Downed Power Lines

What to Do If You See a Downed Power Line

Never, ever touch a downed power line or go near one. Power lines are not insulated like power cords. Always assume the power line is live. Read more

Electrical Safety – Basic Information

Utility Shut-Off: Electricity

Electrical sparks have the potential of igniting natural gas if it is leaking. It is wise to teach all responsible household members where and how to shut off the electricity.

Locate you electrical circuit box. For your safety, always shut off all the individual circuits before shutting off the main circuit. Read more 

There are handouts about electrical fire safety available on the FEMA website.

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Electrical Safety

Each year, thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires, accidents, electrocution in their own homes.

The current economic downturn has inspired more homeowners to tackle do-it-yourself projects than ever before. Faced with declining home values and aging properties, homeowners may choose not to pay for the services of a licensed electrician.

However, most do not have the training or experience needed to safely perform home electrical work, increasing the risk of immediate injuries and electrocutions and potentially introducing new dangers into the home. Read more

How to Work with Electricity Safely

If you don’t know how to work with electricity safely, you can injure or kill yourself. Following basic electrical safety tips is crucial — after all, you never know who worked on the wiring before you. Read more

Electrical & Lighting How to’s

To learn more, click here…

Electric Generator Safety

Never use a generator indoors or in an attached garage.

A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. CO is odorless and colorless, and you can be overcome if the generator is indoors.

Be sure to place the generator outside where exhaust fumes will not enter into enclosed spaces. Only operate a generator outdoors in a well-ventilated, dry area, away from air intakes to the home. The generator should be protected from direct exposure to rain and snow. Read more

Electric Vehicle Safety Training

NFPA’s Electric Vehicle Safety Training project is a nationwide program to help firefighters and other emergency responders prepare for the growing number of electric vehicles on the road in the United States. See NFPA’s online resources including research, articles, newsletters, interim guidance, and videos.

NFPA is collecting safety information from hybrid and electric vehicle manufacturers. To access these documents, visit our manufacturer web pages, click here

 Electrical Safety for Children

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Using Electricity the Right Way, What Your Children Should Know

Teach your children these 10 rules for electric safety, click here…

Switched On Kids is a site that teaches children about electricity safety.

Tamper Resistant Receptacles (TRRs): Prevent Shocks and Burns

Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns when they stick items into the slots of electrical receptacles – that is nearly seven children a day.  It is estimated that there are six to 12 fatalities a year related to this.  Nearly one-third of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household objects, such as keys, pins, or paper clips into the outlets with disastrous consequences. Read more

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‘Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without’ The Internet can help!

by Laraine L. Thompson

Play Doh and Other Delights

You know how it is. Your child or grandchild wants to use your rolling pin to make pies and cookies. No time to make a real dough of any sort and, welcoming the child’s desire for any creativity that doesn’t involve your I-Pad, your Smartphone, or, Heaven forbid, the television, you happily find the Play Doh, open it up and there it is. Inside sits a clunk of something that vaguely resembles a hockey puck or even a pet rock. A wonderful morning/afternoon of kiddie creativity, right in to the garbage, soon to be followed by wails of disappointment or complaints of, “I’m Bored………..”

Now what? Wipe the tears away? Tell them to go outside and find something to do? Oh wait! It’s raining—again. Somewhere, in the recesses of your creatively challenged mind, you hear Great Grandma repeating, ‘Eat it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without’. Now, why is Great Grandma intruding upon your dilemma? Hold on a minute. Maybe she was on to something. We can’t eat up the play doh. It’s already too late to wear it out and your children’s wails will not allow you to do without. What’s left? Make do? Quick, to the internet—“How to Fix dried out Play Doh”. Just add water and knead? Really? That simple? Desperate, you try it and, wonder of wonders, it works. The drier the dough, the more water it requires, the longer the knead. But it does work. Who knew? You thought you might need some sort of chemical from the local hardware or craft store. Just add water. Now, never mind that your hands will turn the color of the play doh as you work. It is messy, wear an apron. But the kids will love it! And it may last the better part of a morning. Oh, and be sure you secure the lids tightly so that the newly constituted dough does not dry out anytime soon.

I lived this scenario this past week as I attempted to take care of my grandchildren. I was one desperate grandma and then I remembered the internet. I can find anything on the internet! Just ask a question and there’s the answer. It made me think of this assignment to write about frugality—eating up, wearing out, making do, or doing without. It takes some real creativity to live frugally and some days, creativity is the least of my skills. Thank goodness for the internet. What a great gift this magical search engine in the sky has become to me. I find myself on many occasions grateful for its magic and often express my gratitude to my Heavenly Father for its power. Whether it is a better way to repair or hem an old pair of jeans, or a way to use food storage for a delicious quick meal, or how to fix dried out Play Doh, the internet can help. Frugality is so much easier than it used to be. Give it a try. It really is fun!

 

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Self-Defence-A Responsibility

by LDS Intelligent Living

When it comes to personal safety, most of us don’t give it much thought until there is a need. Self-defense is a responsibility and knowing how to defend yourself is the best way to prepare for the possibility of an attack from an aggressor.

Remember that violence can happen anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Learn skills to protect yourself and teach them to your children so they too can defend themselves.

Self-Defense Moves Every Women Should Know

Personal Safety Training Group – Parking Lot Safety Tip Video

Women’s Self-Defense: Soft Target

Women’s Self-Defense Frontal Choke

Defense against a Choke from Behind – Women Self Defense

Photo source: public domain – Rebecca Johnson, Wichita Police Department patrol officer and department defensive tactics instructor, demonstrates self-defense maneuvers during a women’s self defense class June 27, 2013, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Johnson and other presenters stressed the importance of situational awareness and preparedness and to maintain a survival mentality in the instance of assault. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Laura L. Valentine)

 

Emergency survival

Dr. Stan Brewer

With the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, my family has decided to try to be more prepared for potential disasters.  We have started putting together emergency survival (72 hour) kits.  An important thing to think about in any emergency is any medical needs you may have. Every emergency kit should have a first aid kit in it.  Make sure that it has some basic first aid items and that you know how to use them.  A few things to think about are:

  • Sterile gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Scissors
  • Disposable gloves
  • Cleansing agents: soap, baby wipes, hand sanitizer
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Burn ointment
  • Adhesive bandages
  • Eye wash solution
  • Over the counter medications: pain relievers, laxatives, anti-diarrhea medicines, antacids, allergy medicines, etc
  • Thermometer
  • Face masks

If you haven’t already; consider taking a first aid and CPR class.  These courses will teach you the basics of saving a life in an emergency situation.  The Red Cross and American Heart Association both offer classes as well as a variety of local groups. It is also important to consider medical needs that are unique to your family.  Are there medications that you take regularly (such as blood pressure meds) or might need (such as epinephrine pens for allergic reactions)?  Is there medical equipment you will need such as diabetes monitoring equipment?   You may not be able to store this in the container with your emergency kit (for example if it needs to be refrigerated), but be sure it is easily accessible and you know it is something you need to take with you in an emergency.  Also always make sure you have at least a few days worth of your prescriptions as you may not always be able to get more in an emergency. There may be other needs for your family.  For example, do you have infants who need formula, baby food, or bottles?  Don’t put foods in your kit that you are allergic to or cannot eat.  Dehydration and hypothermia can also be real medical dangers.  Make sure you have plenty of water and a simple method to purify water If you need more.  Also be sure you have warm clothes and sleeping bags or blankets that you can take with you.  Finally, it is also important to consider psychological health.  An emergency situation can be stressful so something to help calm and comfort you can be helpful.  There may also not be a lot to do (especially for children) so consider packing a few books, toys, simple games or other activities.  However, being prepared will be best defense against the stresses of an emergency situation – “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (Doctrine and Covenants 38:30).

72 hour kit

To read more on 72-hour emergency preparedness, click on the following articles:

“The Food in your 72 Hour Kit”

“Evacuation” “First Aid Kit – Contents”

Startling Facts You Should Know About Disaster Preparedness

Gather Emergency Supplies

Featured image: public domain – workers sort rubble in Port-au- Prince, Haiti public image

Emergency kit photo by LDS Intelligent Living

How to Use an N95 Respirator

by LDS Intelligent Living

I have N95 respirators stored in a cupboard with the rest of my emergency preparedness gears. Now, I have to confess that when I got these respiratory protective devices, I looked at them, felt better for having them, and promptly put them away. However, I kept thinking that I needed to learn the proper way to use these masks. I found this great video produced by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). I encourage those of you who have these respirators, and don’t know how to use them or think you know how to use them properly, to watch this video.

General Instructions for Disposable N95 Respirators  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The US Department of Health and Human Services published the following information: N95 Respirators for Use by the Public An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. In addition to blocking splashes, sprays and large droplets, the respirator is also designed to prevent the wearer from breathing in very small particles that may be in the air. To work as expected, an N95 respirator requires a proper fit to your face. Generally, to check for proper fit, you should put on your respirator and adjust the straps so that the respirator fits tight but comfortably to your face. For information on proper fit, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions. The ‘N95’ designation means that when subjected to careful testing, the respirator blocks at least 95% of very small test particles. If properly fitted, the filtration capabilities of N95 respirators exceed those of face masks. However, even a properly fitted N95 respirator does not completely eliminate the risk of illness or death. N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection. People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make it harder to breathe should check with their healthcare provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can require more effort to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up. ALL FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as “single use”, disposable devices. If your respirator is damaged or soiled, or if breathing becomes difficult, you should remove the respirator, discard it properly, and replace it with a new one. To safely discard your N95 respirator, place it in a plastic bag and put it in the trash. Wash your hands after handling the used respirator. FDA has cleared the following N95 respirators for use by the general public in public health medical emergencies:

  • 3M™ Particulate Respirator 8670F
  • 3M™ Particulate Respirator 8612F
  • Pasture Tm F550G Respirator
  • Pasture Tm A520G Respirator

These devices are labeled “NOT for occupational use.”  

For more information about flu pandemic preparation, visit the following websites:

Preparing for a Pandemic Influenza Outbreak click here to read

Seattle and King County has a comic book on pandemic flu, good for readers of all ages, click here to access the site 

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Can I Keep My Food Storage in the Garage?

By David S.

In most instances the garage is not a good location for food storage. Most garages are not insulated and thus the temperature can fluctuate a lot.  Large fluctuations in temperature are worse for the food storage than a high constant temperature. Even if the garage is insulated you still have a number of other issues to deal with.  The garage door is usually not insulated and can let heat in or out more than the walls themselves.  If there is no living space above the garage, then the garage attic must be insulated as well.  You would also need to properly seal any other areas where air can come in or go out such as around windows, below the garage door and where wires and pipes enter or exit the garage.  Your best bet is to monitor temperature and humidity for a while and see if they are okay.

Dry food storage is affected by four things, temperature, moisture, light and pests.

The temperature should stay below room temperature (75 degrees or less).  The warmer the temperature above freezing level, the shorter the shelf-life for keeping it’s nutritional value.  The LDS Church website points out that the staple dry goods, such as wheat, rice, etc. will last at least 30 years if kept below 75 degrees.

The humidity should be as low as possible.  Anything above 50 or 60% is a poor location.  It is better to aim for about 15% if possible.  This can also be helped by using oxygen absorbers in with the food and sealing the storage containers properly.

We’ve already seen how the garage is a poor location for the first two conditions.  The garage is also a great home for pests.  That means that three of the four conditions make the garage a poor choice unless you can guarantee the conditions listed can be met.

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9 Food Rotation and Labeling Ideas

by LDS Intelligent Living

Weekly container method

This method works well if you organize your food storage with weekly menus. Create as many seven-day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) menu plans of your family’s favorite meals (personally I would use this method only for the dinner meals) as fits your families eating preferences (a minimum of two different menu plans is recommended). Label each different seven-day menu plan with a different letter (A, B, C, etc.). Place all the non-perishable ingredients needed for each one-week menu in a separate container (plastic or cardboard box). Label each container according to the meal it contains (A, B . . .). For a three-month supply, you will need twelve containers – 6 each for each of two different menus (A and B) or four containers each of three different menus (A, B and C). At the beginning of the week, empty the next container in your rotation and place all the food in the pantry closest to your kitchen so you can use it during the week. To rotate your storage, refill that container with the same foods you took out. Don’t forget to date the foods or the container so you know in which order to use each one-week box of food products. Do not include in these containers food items that last a long time after they are opened such as oils, condiments, spices.

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Two Columns Method

The idea is to arrange the items to be stored in two columns. Every time you need to remove a product from the shelf, take it from the right (these should be the ones that need to be used first). When the right column is empty, you slide the whole left column to the right, and re-stock on the left. This method is more practical to use when you just have about 20 or less of a certain item(s) you normally store in your pantry.

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Color sticker method

sticker method Select colored stickers to represent year or half-year expiration periods (the frequency depends somewhat on the foods you are labeling). Place a sticker on all or some items in your food storage to correspond roughly with when the food items expire  or should be used. This provides a quick visual  key to howfrequently or when foods should be rotated. Personally, I think placing stickers on every single can or box would require purchasing too many stickers to regularly use this method on all the products I store. This method works well for items stored in different areas of the house (under beds, tables etc.) where the expiration date is not easily visible. Place the stickers on an area of the products that can be easily seen.

Rotation method: Use 3x5 cards to keep track of items taken out of storage.

3×5 Card Method

1. List each item in your food storage on a 3”x5” index card. 2. Place all of the cards alphabetically in an envelope or recipe/index box. 3. Place the envelope or box in your food storage area. 4. Place another envelope or recipe/index box (empty at this point) in your kitchen. 5. Each time you take an item out of your storage area, take its 3”x5” index card from the envelope or box in the food storage area and put it in the envelope or box in your kitchen. 6. When you go to the grocery store take the 3”x5” cards from the box in the kitchen with you (instant shopping list). 7. After you have purchased the items from the 3”x5” cards place the cards back in the envelope or box in your food storage area.

Variations

** If you frequent several grocery stores color code your index cards by store. For example, put all items that you purchase at Fred Myer on pink cards,   put all items you purchase at WinCo on green cards, etc. Then when it’s time to go shopping you just need to take the cards that coordinate with the store you are going to. ** If you only shop at one grocery store consider color coding your index cards by department. For example, put soups/canned goods on green cards and put baking foods on pink cards, etc. Then when you are shopping you can find all of the items in each department before moving on to the next department.

Rotation method: notepads to record what needs to be replaced.

Sticky Notepad Method

This is simple, practical and easy. Place a sticky notepad on the cupboard door, or near the storage shelf where your food storage is kept. Every time you remove an item, write what it is on the notepad. When it is time to prepare the weekly grocery list, tear off the sheet from the pad and stick it on your grocery list or write the item’s name directly on it.

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Update and Inventory food storage method

Be sure to have a place near your pantry, in the kitchen or where it is most convenient for family members to write the items taken out of storage so they can be added to the weekly shopping list. I use a blackboard on the kitchen door. A clipboard with a shopping list can be placed in the kitchen, or stuck on the fridge. Make sure all your family members understand what you want them to do. It is easy to forget to write down the food storage used throughout the week, especially if there are younger children or busy teenagers in the house. You should inventory your three months food supply regularly.

Food rotation opened on method

“Opened on” method

Products that take a longer time to consume should be dated the day they are opened, so you know how long it takes to use them, and how much you need  to purchase for your family for 3+ months.

Food rotation - elastic method

Rubber-band method

One practical and easy method I personally like is the rubber band method. I find this method to work well with items that take longer to use after they are opened such as boxes of  bouillon cubes, vanilla flavoring etc. Your food items should be organized in a row and a rubber-band should be wrapped around the second-to-the-last container in the row. As you use your supply you’ll eventually come to the container with the rubber band around it then you know its time to buy more.

Rotation method: Use slanted shelves for your cans.

Auto Rotating Shelves Method

This method is well known and liked. No detailed explanation is necessary for this method – the new cans go in the back, and the can you need to use is taken out in the front, and the next can will roll down. The shelves are quite costly store bought.

Detailed instructions to make the shelves available on the blog!

You need to find the method(s) that work best for you and your family. These ideas have been around for a long time. I have tried most of them and I know others who use them. Do you have a method you like that was not listed in this article?  Leave us a comment to let us know what rotation method you use.

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Build a Three Month Food Supply Gradually

by LDS Intelligent Living

Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.

Consider these guidelines as you build your 3 months food supply:

Remember to build-up your supply gradually!

 1. Decide how much to spend on your food supply each week.

 2. Date the food to be shelved when you get home AND update your inventory list so you know what you have and need as you go.
 
3. Use one or several food rotation methods you like, read this post for ideas “9 Food Rotation and Labeling Ideas” 
 
4. Make meals several times a week using food from your pantry.
Follow these steps as part of a regular routine of planning, grocery shopping, and stocking up on food storage and you will have great results. One advice I would like to give you is to create your own food storage list. YOU know best what your family eats and you can better plan what to buy and when. Grabbing a list off the internet because you don’t want to do the work or you want to save time will not help much. You need to feel in control, and you need to create your own plan/lists/menus and be in the driver’s seat! It takes time to build up a food storage and you may have to create new habits and disrupt old ones, but do not be discouraged.
Keep going, and stay positive.
How to Save Lots of Money and Build a 3 Month Food Supply much faster

If you are well organized and know what you are doing, you can build your food storage much faster. When you shop smart, you save lots of money!

 You most likely have heard these money saving tips before:
  • Don’t go to the grocery store on an empty stomach: Eat before you go shopping so you don’t succumb to impulse buying, and get extra food not on your shopping list because you are hungry.
  • Leave your husband and children at home : Go by yourself if you can; you will have more success sticking to your shopping list.

Those are great tips to follow, but there are many more helpful ones. You should be paying close attention to these money saving ideas because, remember: when you plan your grocery shopping wisely, you can save a lot of money and build your food supply faster!

 

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Here are my suggestions about saving money on groceries; I share them with you because they truly work!

If You Want to Save Money, Lose the Traditional Menu Planning Idea

I read a book, years ago, that changed my grocery shopping habits. It explained that the traditional planning of menus is counter productive in the attempt to save money on groceries. When you start planning meals, and collect the recipes for the meals planned, and then, head to the store with your list, you will be most likely paying full price on most of the food on your shopping list.

Barbara Salsbury said: “Plan to eat the bargains you find, rather than trying to find bargains on what you plan to eat!” In other words, you should plan your meals after reading the ads in the newspapers, after comparing them to find the best deals, AND after checking your well stocked pantry for what’s already on the shelves. Using the food in your storage is an important factor in this method; if you can buy food in bulk when it hits rock bottom price, you will never have to pay full price again; you can stock-up your pantry and wait for the next sale cycle.

A grocery price book will help you keep track of the sales cycles for the items you regularly buy in each store so you’ll know if the sales are truly “great deals”. The best way to find those price cycles is to record the prices and dates for each of the products you regularly purchase. So, next time you go shopping, don’t throw away your receipts and start recording. Don’t be overwhelmed, take baby steps, start with a few items at a time and build up your price list slowly.

When you add coupons to those bargains, you will have much better results saving money on groceries; the extra savings will help you acquire your three month food supply faster.

When you learn to combine a price book with coupons and other shopping techniques, you will be able to save hundreds of dollars. Remember: It will take planning, organizing, and time at first, but it will be well worth the effort when you see the results.

Why do all this? For peace of mind, to save money, and for convenience–you never run out of food in your house because your pantry is well stocked. Think how much better you will feel knowing that if you experienced economic hardship, had to “shelter in place”*, or were caught in a natural disaster situation, your family would have what is needed to survive.

Also, don’t forget the other necessities like toilet paper, deodorant etc. and the other needful things in your life that should be included on the list.

*A grocery price book is the ultimate money saving tool: you can use a notebook, or go digital. Melanie Pinola on lifehacker said that “Both paper and digital price books have advantages. A paper notebook is quicker to jot down prices and refer to when you shop, but grocery apps make quick work of calculating prices (plus, they serve as grocery lists).” You can also use a spreadsheet to create a price book to record the prices of all the items you regularly purchase at different grocery stores; the grocery price book enables you to detect price cycles in different supermarkets; find the real bargains, and plan your shopping trips for maximum savings.

Involve your children in your self-reliance projects, get the whole family on board! They need to learn about self-reliance, and they need to understand that it is a way of life, one that will bring peace of mind.

Here are several articles that will help you build a price book

Making a Price List: The Digital Version

Grocery Pricebook Apps

How to Save the Most Money on Your Grocery Budget with a Price Book

How to create Your Own Grocery Pricebook

…and some great ideas on these sites that will help you save hundreds of dollars on  groceries

29 Ways to Save Hundreds of Dollars on Groceries

15 Money-Saving Ways to Outsmart Your Supermarket

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Second photo is from the public domain

Long Term Food Storage: First Step Is to Begin

Gayle D., POES RS President

We have been working hard this year to prepare our families and follow the counsel of our prophet.  With so many of our short term goals taken care of, we are now ready to concentrate on our long term food supplies.  Each pantry should be supplied with items that sustain life and that can last for a long time.  These foods, such as wheat, white rice, and beans, can last for 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool dry place.

It is important to remember that this supply can be accumulated gradually.  Do not go into debt to acquire your food storage.  Supplies can be accumulated little by little.

Research has shown that these common, longer term food items can last longer than previously thought.  If they are properly packaged and stored below 75 degrees, we should be able to rely on these food stuffs for years to come.   What a sense of peace will be ours once we know that we have the supplies to sustain life in an emergency.

Remember, the first step is to begin!

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Storing Honey and Sugar

In the “Random Sampler” section of the October 1974 Ensign, Kay Franz, from the Brigham Young University, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, wrote a short article on how to store honey and sugar and how to “correct” these items should they become lumpy, hard, or crystalized.  You can find Kay’s article by clicking here – scroll to the bottom of the page as it is the last article on the page.

Long Term Food Storage – Suggested Quantities

The new guidelines for Long Term Food Storage as found in the pamphlet “All is Safely Gathered In:  Family Home Storage” include the following foods and quantities (these quantities are listed for adults – children and youth requirements will vary): Have any combination of the following with a combined total weight of 25 pounds per person per month:

  • Wheat
  • White Rice
  • Corn
  • And other grains

Have any combination of the following with a combined total weight of 5 pounds per person per month:

  • Dried Beans (Pinto, Navy, Black, Kidney, etc)

All of the foods mentioned above have a 30+ year shelf life. For a quick and easy calculation each adult needs 300 pounds of the grains per year and 60 pounds of the dried beans per year. It should be noted and considered in your long term food storage plan that some of the “long-term” foods mentioned above can serve duel purposes.  For instance did you know that white beans can replace fat in most baking?  Or did you know that you can make sugar (diastatic malt) from whole-wheat, which can be used to supplement part of the sugar needed for bread making?  Wheat can also be made into basic gluten, which can be used as a meat substitute. The pamphlet also makes the following suggestion:

“You may also want to add other items such as sugar, nonfat dry milk, salt, baking soda, and cooking oil. To meet nutritional needs, also store foods containing Vitamin C and other essential nutrients.”

Other food items with a long shelf life which can be purchase from an LDS Home Storage Center include:

  • Non-fat dry milk (20 years)
  • Sugar (30 years)
  • Apple slices (30 years)
  • Carrots (25 years)
  • Macaroni (30 years)
  • Spaghetti (30 years)
  • Onions (30 years)
  • Potato Flakes (not pearls) (30 years)

Photo source: public domain – National Cancer Institute

First Aid Kit for the Household

by LDS Intelligent Living

After doing some research about First Aid, I got motivated and decided to check my First Aid kits. I knew I hadn’t changed anything for years in the containers. It was time to update and add a few extra things too. Feeling more confident from my recent knowledge, I decided to do something about my neglected kits and involve my family in the process. tool box 001 I have kept the First Aid supplies for the house in a tackle box for years (an idea I got from a TV show) and used a pre-made kit for the car.            more first aid and more 002 I decided to upgrade the house container to a bigger size because I wanted to keep my supplies in one place and since I use herbal First Aid too I needed more space to fit everything in. I prepared a new First Aid kit for the car using the old tackle box.  Click here to read “Emergency Car Kit” by JoAnn K.  As I shopped around, I kept in mind the features I wanted the container to have:

  • Easy to carry
  • Simple to open
  • Durable
  • Roomy enough to contain the items needed for the family
  • Good visibility of contents

more first aid kit 001 I got my children involved in organizing the supplies in both containers. As we worked, we talked about each item and how to use it (the younger kids were excited about organizing the bandages by size).  First Aid Kit 010 Click here to view the recommended content of a First Aid Kit. We  spent a couple of hours as part of our elective for school that day (we home school) to talk about First Aid, which also helped my son pass off requirements for his Scout rank. We watched videos and discussed what to do in different emergency situations. We talked about the importance of having emergency phone numbers and made sure those we had were up-to-date and visible in the box. We checked that all medications were dated, added the First Aid manual, and wrote the date the supplies were checked on the lid of the container. We decided to update it twice a year along with our 72-hour emergency kit at General Conference time. We keep the First Aid kit within easy reach in one of the bedroom closet in the house (bathrooms are not ideal because of the humidity which shortens the shelf life of some of the contents of the First Aid kit).

Where are the bird-aids

If you do not have a First-Aid kit, and your budget is tight, build-up your supplies the same way you do with your food storage: gradually. A simple cardboard box will do to hold your items if that’s all you have, and ziploc bags to group and compartmentalize the supplies (keep wound supplies in one bag and medication in another). There is a wide selection of pre-made First Aid kits in many different price ranges. You need to shop around and decide what works best for you, to buy a pre-made kit or do it yourself.

Photos by LDS Intelligent Living