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Food Storage–August 2015

Month Four


Food Storage plans are intended to feed one person for one year:

Here are the year’s totals for all of the plans:

The Bare Minimum      $480 for the year, with monthly purchases averaging $40

Expanded Storage     $1870 for the year, with monthly purchases averaging $155

Gluten-Free Storage       $1017 for the year, with monthly purchases averaging $85

We hope this is helpful!

The Bare Minimum

9 cans powdered milk     $42.75  (LDS cannery)

TOTAL $42.75

Expanded Storage

10 lbs brown sugar $7.80 (Costco)

2 #10 cans dried fruit $10 (LDS cannery, Walmart, Honeyville)

1 lb yeast     $4  (price for 2 lbs, Costco)

12 cans tuna     $10.44  (Walmart)

3 #10 cans powdered milk     $16.20 (LDS cannery)

3 lbs sprouting seeds    $19.50 (Emergency Essentials)

5 lbs baking powder   $10 (Costco)

8 48 oz jars peanut butter   $43.56 (Costco)

2 #10 cans dried whole egg   $80 (Walmart)**

TOTAL  $209.50

Gluten-Free Storage

50 lbs garbanzo beans     $44 (Honeyville)

50 lbs brown rice   $63 (Honeyville)

25 lbs short grain rice   $25 (Winco)

TOTAL  $132

**Due to this year’s avian flu, eggs are in short supply and very expensive.  I cannot find anyplace that currently has powdered egg in stock.  Walmart will give you the option of signing up for an in-stock alert if you wish to be notified when they hit the shelves again.

Store names provided when I thought they might be helpful in keeping costs down.  If you are having a hard time finding items for the price listed, leave a comment by clicking on the link at the top of the left sidebar and I will give you my pricing info. Pricing is subject to change…as anyone shopping these days can testify!

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72-Hour Kits–August 2015

Month Twosun hat

This month’s purchases:

  • 1 fabric sun hat with a full brim–$10-15 Walmart, etc
  • 1-2 pocket packs of tissue—Dollar Tree 8-pk $1
  • 1 small bottle hand sanitizer—Dollar Tree 2-pk $1
  • 1 pair work gloves—Lowes $1/pair, 5 in a pkg

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Financial Preparedness–August 2015

Debt Snowball

snowball“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without!”  “Pay as you go.”  What a contrast these ideas are to the way some live today!  The worst of our culture today is fad and fashion-driven and life with debt is expected, encouraged and even rewarded.  However, we are commanded to be in the world, but not of the world and, specifically, we have been taught “be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt to the extent possible. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from bondage.” (Gordon B. Hinckley)  One approach that has helped many become free of debt is the Debt Snowball.  Here is how to create your own:

  • List all current debts.  Include information such as interest rate, minimum monthly payment and total payoff.
  • Now organize your debts from smallest total payoff to the largest.  If you have two debts in nearly equal amounts, list the one with the higher interest rate ahead of the other.
  • Review your budget and determine whether you have any additional money you could put toward debt repayment.  Add this amount to your next monthly payment on debt #1.  If your budget does not allow a larger payment, do not despair, it soon will!
  • Make payments on debt #1 until it is paid off.
  • The following month, apply all the money you had been paying toward debt #1 to debt #2.
  • Make payments on debt #2 until it is paid off.
  • Repeat until all debt is eliminated.

This approach enables one to progress quickly as the smaller debts are eliminated, and resources are freed up to handle larger debts.  The gathering momentum is encouraging and makes it easier to stick with the program and become completely debt-free.  You can read more in the July 2012 Ensign “Getting Out of Debt—for Good”, Luke V. Erickson.

 “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great.”   D&C 64:33

Note: If you are an Excel user, you can download free Debt Snowball spreadsheets at (search “debt reduction calculator”) and at (click on “debt snowball calculator”).  These will enable you to input your debt information and see all your payoff dates at a glance.   Be sure  to download cautiously.  Use your anti-virus software to scan links, find and read reviews on products and read all contracts and agreements thoroughly.

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Equipment and Supplies–August 2015

Military-Issue Hemorrhage Control

In the case of an arterial bleed, you have just minutes to get the bleeding stopped before facing unconsciousness and death. These items have been designed for military use in case of serious injury and can even be deployed by the injured individual. While such injuries may be unlikely in most of our day-to-day lives, they can and do occur and having an item like this on hand could mean the difference between life and death.

CAT-Combat-Application-TourniquetThe first item is a military issue combat application tourniquet (abbreviated CAT). Although, in general first aid, tourniquet use is not recommended, this has been designed to reduce many of the problems commonly seen with usage and can be applied correctly using just one hand. Currently, they run about $30. If you find one for significantly less than that, it may well be a knock-off and may not be of the quality you need from a device like this—make sure you purchase an authentic item from a trusted retailer. They are available from amazon, here.

israeli bandageThe second item is an Israeli battle dressing compression bandage, sometimes called simply an Israeli bandage. The bandage has a simple mechanism to apply consistent direct pressure a wound, but it can also be used as a tourniquet or a sling. It is also designed to be used one-handed and comes vacuum-sealed to ensure cleanliness. These run about $10 and are available from amazon, here.

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Cooking With Food Storage–August 2015


meatloaf2 cups freeze-dried ground beef
1 Tbsp freeze-dried onions
2 Tbsp freeze-dried diced bell pepper
1 cup bread or cracker crumbs
1/3 cup milk (2 teaspoons powdered milk + 1/3 cup water)
1/3 cup tomato sauce (2 heaping Tbsp tomato powder + 1/3 cup water)
2 fresh eggs (4 Tbsp whole egg powder + 6 Tbsp water)
2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 ½ tsp oregano

Preheat oven to 350F. In separate bowls, rehydrate ground beef and vegetables by soaking in water until soft, then drain excess water. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix together until well-blended. Place mixture in a greased 9×13 bread pan and shape into a loaf. Drizzle some extra tomato sauce on top, and cook for 70 minutes.


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Emergency and Disaster Response–August 2015

Evacuation Plans—Part Two: The 1-Hour Plan—section A


Last month we discussed and prepared for a 60-Second evacuation, such as would be required in the event of a house fire.  This month we will begin to prepare for a slower-moving, yet still serious emergency.  In the case of an approaching wildfire, predicted serious flooding or hurricane one may have advance warning that will allow one to gather more valuables and better prepare for a safe evacuation.  As the preparations are rather involved, we will complete them over the next three months.  Here is this month’s list to help you prepare.  To-do items are in bold:

  1. Have a plan.  You will need variations on the plan based on daily locations of family members. Have a plan for when parents are at work, and children are at school or extracurricular activities.  Decide who will pick up children?  Where will you meet if you cannot come home?  It is a good idea to have an in-town meeting point (the Library) and an out-of-town point (the Safeway at Exit #5).  Where you meet will depend on travel time and the scale of the emergency.  Next, select locations where you can stay during the emergency and rebuilding periods.   Choose locations North, South, East and West of your home.  These could be the homes of friends or family, a cabin, a hotel or even a campground.  You will need to consider:
      • Distance: plan to be far enough away to be outside the disaster zone, but not so far away that rebuilding your life at home is unnecessarily difficult.
      • Suitable for your needs: must accommodate the size, ages, medical needs of your group.
      • Safe: you may need to temporarily leave behind property and family members while you work on rebuilding your life at home.
      • Emotionally supportive or neutral environment: don’t make a bad situation worse…
      • Contact location and consider sending supplies on ahead: ask questions, offer reciprocity, work out as much as you can in advance; some people will feel better knowing that you are planning to provide for your own needs and won’t mind if you keep a couple of boxes in their garage.
      • Print up your plan for gathering family members and your list of locations along with contact info and put it into an “Evacuation Plans” binder.  As you continue to plan you will create more pages to add to the binder

    2.   Prepare your vehicle.  Know how to check fluids, tire pressure and adjust seating; have supplies on hand for topping up fluids, cleaning windows, inflating/repairing tires.  Purchase at least one five gallon gas can and plan how you will secure it on the outside of the vehicle.  Assemble these items to keep in your car at all times: quality jack, basic tools and spare tire; tire plugs or other means of dealing with damaged tires; jumper cables; umbrella/raingear; reliable flashlight/headlamp; gloves—both work and cold-weather; baby wipes (remarkably versatile); triangle road markers; fire extinguisher; wd-40 or Break-Free CLP; duct tape; small shovel and piece of old carpet (for getting out of snow/mud); roll of saran wrap (for broken or stuck windows); tow strap rated for your vehicle weight; drinking water. Habits: Refill your gas tank any time it is less than ¾ full, and stay on top of regular maintenance.

(to be continued…)

(I have drawn HEAVILY on the ideas and recommendations of a Hurricane Katrina survivor for the sections on evacuation.  Unfortunately, although his website is an absolute wealth of knowledge, his language is very crude and I don’t feel great about linking directly to it.  However, wanting to give credit where credit is due, if you would like to visit his site, run a search on “the place with no name Katrina” and it should be your top result.)

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Home Production and Gardening–August 2015

Fall Gardening


As we approach the end of summer, are you getting ready to bid farewell to your garden till next Spring?  Did you know that it is possible to continue to eat fresh produce from your garden through the Fall and even into the Winter?  Though it is less common, Fall gardening uses the same basic skills, tools and principles as Spring/Summer gardening.  There is a great Fall Planting Calculator at  (scroll down & click on Fall-Planting Calculator) that can help you get started on planning a Fall garden, but you can plant nearly anything that will mature before our first frost.  Here in Zone 8a that is October 27th. Soil temperature must be taken into account when planting a Fall garden.  Just as you may have started hot-weather plants indoors in the Spring to protect them from the chill, you may need to start some Fall crops indoors if their seeds do not germinate in hot soil.  There is a useful table at  that will help you make that determination. Unlike cold-sensitive tomatoes, many Fall crops can be left in the natural refrigeration of Fall and Winter weather and harvested as you need them during those months.  This includes most root vegetables, many cool-weather greens and some brassicas.  Parsnips, brussels sprouts and artichokes are actually supposed to be at their best when frost-kissed. You will find that the growth of your garden will stop or slow significantly during the cold weather, but that many plants will begin to grow again when warmer weather returns in the Spring.  Unbeknownst to me, my kids found a packet of seed peas in the garage last August and planted them amongst the remains of my Summer garden.  They sprouted, grew to eight inches or so, remained that height through the winter, and then shot up and blossomed as soon as the weather warmed.  We ate peas much earlier than we would have if we had planted in the early Spring! If you love eating fresh-from-the-garden, try your hand at a Fall garden this year.  Good luck and happy harvest!

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Spiritual Preparedness–August 2015

Stay With the Brethren

pioneersMy husband and children are blessed to have a couple of pioneer ancestors named Jonathan and Olive Boynton Hale. Jonathan and Olive were baptized in 1834 and gave their all in living the Gospel and helping to establish the Church in its early days. Jonathan served missions, assisted building both the Temples and served as a Bishop in Nauvoo, even helping to direct the exodus from that city when the Saints were driven away. Olive was his faithful companion and helpmeet in all that he did, bringing eight children into the world and keeping their home and family together through separations, moves and persecution. They were no strangers to the challenges that faced early members of the Church.

In the late summer of 1846 the Hales were camped with a group of Saints in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Jonathan was continuing his service as Bishop, assisting those who were arriving and preparing to travel westward and Olive had just given birth to their eighth child, when their camp was struck with malaria. Jonathan took ill first. Sensing that the end was close, he called his family around him and gave them these instructions, “Stand by the faith and continue with Brother Brigham and Brother Heber to the Rocky Mountains. It is God’s work and we must not fail. Do not be persuaded to turn back, even though our relatives insist upon it. Go with the Church and God will bless and preserve you.” Shortly hereafter, he passed away. Olive also caught malaria, and just four days later she also called their children to her bedside. She reiterated her husband’s counsel to stay with Brothers Brigham and Heber and to stay true to the faith, then she turned to her eldest son, just eighteen years old and asked him to see that this was done. When he promised, she smiled and said she could now “go with Jonathan” and she passed away.

This faithful couple fully knew what they were asking of their children. They had suffered with the Saints of their era and knew that their childrens’ earthly lives would likely be full of hardship and trial and yet they both counselled them to do whatever it took to stay with the leaders of the Church and with the faith. They recognized that in the Gospel of Jesus Christ there was an eternal value that could not be matched by all the security and ease the world might offer. Theirs is good counsel for us today as the world drifts ever farther and more rapidly away from the laws of God—stay with the brethren and stay true to the faith. I am grateful for His watchmen on the towers who were prepared and called by Him to lead His church in the latter days and for the legacy of faith given to us by the early pioneers.