Strategic Resources

Strategic Resources

Some things are more important in your emergency preparedness program than others.  Think about what the immediate needs of those who witnessed the tidal wave that hit the Fukujima, Japan nuclear power plant and its’ environs.  FIVE MINUTES AFTER THE DISASTER, WHAT DO YOU THINK THE SURVIVORS THOUGHTS WERE ABOUT THEIR IMMEDIATE NEEDS? Consider:  “Where can I get a clean glass of water,” and shortly thereafter, “Where can I find a restroom that is still working?” Remember the rule of 3’s:…

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Emergency Preparedness – Clean Mind, Clean Body . . . Take Your Pick

Emergency Preparedness – Clean Mind, Clean Body . . . Take Your Pick

“Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly use,” said President Kimball to a young missionary. I have always pondered if heavenly and earthly things are mutually exclusive. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” In heaven I’m sure this is true. But here? Actually, cleanliness is next to impossible when public services break down after a disaster. Billions of people today are living in horribly unsanitary conditions because their public services are a disaster. This simple fact greets…

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Emergency Preparedness – “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be.”

Emergency Preparedness – “The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be.”

“The future is ahead of us,” said that great American philosopher Yogi Berra. Some make plans for it, and others just go along day to day without any forethought. “We wouldn’t have lost if they hadn’t beaten us,” Berra went on to say. Sounds like as good an excuse as any, if you plan to run out of response abilities any time in the first hours of an emergency. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  Think about…

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Emergency Preparedness – Mother’s Maple Syrup

Emergency Preparedness – Mother’s Maple Syrup

Growing up I never knew that maple syrup came ready made in a 24 oz. bottle. Mom raised me right and I watched her make all our syrup from a small bottle of Mapleine imitation maple flavoring. One 2 fluid oz bottle makes 24 pints of syrup along with nothing more than water and sugar. Adding corn syrup can thicken this pancake and waffle topping as thick as you want. One cup water over two cups any kind of sugar,…

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Emergency Preparedness – Scratch Pancakes and Tortillas.

Emergency Preparedness – Scratch Pancakes and Tortillas.

When times are tough, making gluten breads that require kneading and oven baking may prove to be beyond energy capabilities. Quick breads or batter breads are simple substitutes. There is not much difference between pancakes, waffles, and tortillas, except wheat flour in the first two and corn flour in the last – both being easy to hand mix and fry cook. Check this recipe: (*tortilla ingredients) 1 ½ cups wheat (*corn) flour 1 T. baking powder ¾ tsp. Salt 3…

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Emergency Preparedness – Now You’re Cookin’ With Thermos

Emergency Preparedness – Now You’re Cookin’ With Thermos

Remember how important (and easy) Thermos Bottle cooking is as an emergency or daily way to overnight cook grains and legumes? Well, a Wide Mouth Thermos is still an essential use item. Here is all you have to remember about Thermos cooking: If cooking grains, use two parts water to one part grain – 2:1 water to grain ratio. If cooking legumes, use three parts water to one-part beans, lentils, etc. – 3:1 ratio. Don’t forget to add salt and/or…

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Emergency Preparedness – Pressure Changes

Emergency Preparedness – Pressure Changes

   Nightly weathercasts always tell you what the barometric pressure is.  The standard pressure is 29.92 inches of mercury.  Higher surface readings mean sunny days, while lower readings mean denser air at higher atmospheric levels, usually causing cooling, condensation (clouds) and precipitation.  Pilots like to know this stuff because an altimeter is a barometer and must be reset continuously for altitude accuracy.    Honolulu (motto: welcome to paradise) and San Diego have the least variation in barometric pressure – about…

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Emergency Preparedness – Can’t Afford a Maid? Think Again.

Emergency Preparedness – Can’t Afford a Maid? Think Again.

   Helen Free VanderBeck of Idaho Falls, Idaho, said it best in her article in the March, 1983, issue of the Ensign, entitled The Reason for Toasters:    “There was a time when it took a father and mother and all their children an entire spring, summer, and fall to provide food and shelter for the family until the next harvest.  Then the Lord said, ‘Be a missionary.  Store a year’s supply of food.  Search out your genealogy and write…

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Emergency Preparedness – Rainy Day Money Storage.

Emergency Preparedness – Rainy Day Money Storage.

   Just in case you loose your job, the house burns down, your ARM skyrockets, and/or gas prices or other normal budget items suddenly get abnormal, you need to have some money storage.    With monthly house payments, car payments, food and utilities, any loss of income will be quite disturbing.  “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”  Being debt free is it’s own best dividend.    Today’s employees can expect at least 3-5 job changes before retirement.  That…

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