Tuesday, October 2, 2007
A Weekly Guide to a Year's Supply
Week 1: Fill those water jugs--14 gallons per family member for two week supply. Buy water purification tablets or bleach (1 gallon per family member)
Week 2: Flour-Buy an extra 10 lbs for small family, 25 lbs for large family. Purchase 100 lbs of hard white wheat preferably in plastic storage buckets with tight fitting lids or dry packed in #10 cans.
Week 3: Salt-iodized (5 lbs per person)
Week 4: Sweeteners-honey 20 lbs, sugar 25 lbs and any additional sweeteners you can find on sale such as brown or powdered sugar, con syrup, maple syrup or flavoring to make your own.
Week 5: Powdered milk. 40 oz will make 5 gallons. Buy the equivalent of at least 3 #10 cans of powdered milk this week. . .more if you can.
Week 6: Sugar-buy another 25 lbs.
Week 7: Peanut Butter-add some jams or jellies. Buy the equivalent of 3 more #10 cans of powdered milk.
Week 8: Pasta - buy at least 5 lbs. Select a variety.
Week 9: Canned Meats-tuna, chicken, turkey, ham, spam, dried beef, etc. (10 cans).
Week 10: Condensed soups-also add boxes of favorite crackers.
Week 11: Laundry items-detergent, bleach, fabric softener, ammonia, disinfectant.
Week 12: Canned milk, Flour 25 lbs.
Week 13: Toothpaste, floss, razors, shaving cream.
Week 14: Baking powder, baking soda, cornstarch. Purchase at least 5 lbs. of yeast.
Week 15: Raisins or other dried fruits. Dried apples from dry pack, fruit leather.
Week 16: Oats - rolled, quick, cornmeal, Cream of Wheat, etc.
Week 17: Treats for baking-chocolate chips, coconut, baking cocoa.
Week 18: Garden seeds--look for seeds that are non-hybrid. That way you can use the seeds from the plants you grow to grow a garden the next season. Buy a lot of vegetable seeds, they have lots of vitamins and minerals. Include a few flower seeds. In times of emergency, our spirits need brightening, too. Don't forget fertilizer.
Week 19: Spices-cinnamon, nutmeg, oregano, dried onions, pepper, etc.
Week 20: Whole wheat flour, wheat, other grains
Week 21: Paper towels, aluminum foil, wax paper, garbage bags, freezer bags, etc.
Week 22: Graham Crackers, 200 lbs of wheat, 25 lbs of rice.
Week 23: Personal products-bar soap, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, feminine products.
Week 24: Canned fruits--buy some or can your own..
Week 25: Jell-) and pudding mixes. (3) #10 cans of powdered milk.
Week 26: Vitamins-multi-vitamins, vitamin C, etc.
Week 27: Canned potatoes, potato pearls from the dry pack, dried potato slices
Week 28: Canning supplies-jars, lids, sure-jell, paraffin, rings.
Week 29: Kleenex and toilet paper
Week 30: Water storage-check your water supply. Purchase another 55 gallon drum and fill it with water.
Week 31: Catsup, mustard, salad dressing, mayo, pickles
Week 32: Gallon of vinegar, good for cleaning and cooking
Week 33: Candles, matches-put where you can find in the dark. Hurricane lamps and oil. (NOTE: You should have 1000-2000 matches on hand)
Week 34: Tomato products-juice, sauce, paste, whole, Spaghetti sauce
Week 35: Juices-avoid watered products, but 100% juice, lemon, orange, fruit drink.
Week 36: Mixes: cake, muffin, Bisquick, etc. Purchase or make your own.
Week 37: First Aid Supplies: Band aids, calamine, neosporin, etc.
Week 38: Other medicines: Pepto Bismol, Vicks, Cough Syrup, cough drops, Tylenol
Week 39: Nuts. Dry roasted store best. Try freezing them.
Week 40: Sewing Supplies-thread, buttons, snaps, zippers, fabric, etc.
Week 41: Dry Soup mixes - remember to store enough extra water.
Week 42: More first aid-gauze pads, swabs, cotton balls, tape, burn ointment.
Week 43: Dried whole eggs (buy 2 cans and keep in a cool, dry place), 2 Boxes of Rennet (used for making cottage cheese and other dairy products from dry milk.)
Week 44: Lighting supplies-flashlights and batteries (dated), 50 hour candles
Week 45: Favorite family foods: stress foods like hard candy, popcorn, snack foods.
Week 46: Shortening (2 cans), Oil (2 gallons) preferably Canola or Olive Oil.
Week 47: Beans, split peas, lentil, etc.
Week 48: Heating supplies-firewood, kerosene, propane for BBQ grill, charcoal.
Week 49: Rice-10, 15 or 20 pounds
Week 50: Canned vegetables-corn, peas, string beans, creamed corn, etc.
Week 51: Margarine Powder (#10 can), 2 large cans of fruit juice powder
Week 52: Congratulations! You have just given yourself and your family the greatest Christmas gift of all. . .SECURITY!!! Now take inventory of your storage, assess your family's needs and start a new year of staying prepared.
It is vital to get WATER STORAGE. If you don't have water, you will not be able to use many of the foods you have that are dehydrated or require water to cook. Many times in natural disasters, the electricity goes down and you will not be able to access your water. Sometimes the water is contaminated from flooding and cross-contamination from sewage. You should have enough water on hand to last you two weeks.
"Many areas of the world have experienced difficult economic times. Businesses have failed, jobs have been lost, and investments have been jeopardized. We must make certain that those for whom we share responsibility do not go hungry or unclothed or unsheltered. When the priesthood of this Church works together as one in meeting these vexing conditions, near miracles take place.
"We urge all Latter-day Saints to be prudent in their planning, to be conservative in their living, and to avoid excessive or unnecessary debt."
- President Thomas S. Monson, October 2008 Priesthood Session, General Conference
"Avoid the philosophy that yesterday's luxuries have become today's necessities. They aren't necessities until we make them so. Many enter into long-term debt only to find that changes occur; people become ill or incapacitated, companies fail or downsize, jobs are lost, natural disasters befall us. For many reasons, payments on large amounts of debt can no longer be made. Our debt becomes as a Damocles sword hanging over our heads and threatening to destroy us."
- President Thomas S. Monson, April 2006 General Conference
“We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the real storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelation the Lord has said, ‘Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing’ (D&C 109:8.)”
President Gordon B. Hinckley
"We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming. And the preparation most likely to be neglected is the one less visible and more difficult--the spiritual. A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges, but, as the foolish virgins learned to their sorrow, a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value.
"We are living in the prophesied time 'when peace shall be taken from the earth' (D&C 1:35,) when 'all things shall be in commotion' and 'men's hearts shall fail them' (D&C 88:91.) There are many temporal causes of commotion, including wars and natural disasters, but an even greater cause of current 'commotion' is spiritual." Elder Dallin H. Oaks
“Every father and mother are the family’s store keepers. They should store whatever their family would like to have in case of an emergency…(and) God will sustain us through our trials.” President James E. Faust
“We live in a most exciting and challenging period in human history. As technology sweeps through every facet of our lives, changes are occurring so rapidly that it can be difficult for us to keep our lives in balance. To maintain some semblance of stability in our lives, it is essential that we plan for our future. I believe it is time, and perhaps with some urgency, to review the counsel we have received in dealing with our personal and family preparedness. We want to be found with oil in our lamps sufficient to endure to the end.”- Elder L. Tom Perry, Ensign, Nov. 1995
"Many more people could ride out the storm-tossed waves in their economic lives if they had their year's supply of food. . . and were debt-free. Today we find that many have followed this counsel in reverse: they have at least a year's supply of debt and are food free." President Thomas S. Monson
"Just as it is important to prepare ourselves spiritually, we must also prepare ourselves for our temporal needs. … We have been instructed for years to follow at least four requirements in preparing for that which is to come.
“First, gain an adequate education. Learn a trade or a profession to enable you to obtain steady employment that will provide remuneration sufficient to care for yourself and your family. …
“Second, live strictly within your income and save something for a rainy day. Incorporate in your lives the discipline of budgeting that which the Lord has blessed you with. As regularly as you pay your tithing, set aside an amount needed for future family requirements. …
“Third, avoid excessive debt. Necessary debt should be incurred only after careful, thoughtful prayer and after obtaining the best possible advice. We need the discipline to stay well within our ability to pay. …
“Fourth, acquire and store a reserve of food and supplies that will sustain life [if local laws permit such storage]. 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.” - Elder L. Tom Perry, October 1995 General Conference
“Maintain a year's supply. The Lord has urged that his people save for the rainy days, prepare for the difficult times, and put away for emergencies, a year's supply or more of bare necessities so that when comes the flood, the earthquake, the famine, the hurricane, the storms of life, our families can be sustained through the dark days. How many of us have complied with this? We strive with the Lord, finding many excuses: We do not have room for storage. The food spoils. We do not have the funds to do it. We do not like these common foods. It is not needed -- there will always be someone to help in trouble. The government will come to the rescue. And some intend to obey but procrastinate.” - The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p.375
“All too often a family's spending is governed more by their yearning than by their earning. They somehow believe that their life will be better if they surround themselves with an abundance of things. All too often all they are left with is avoidable anxiety and distress” - Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin
"Be prepared in all things against the day when tribulations and desolations are sent forth upon the wicked." D&C 29:8
"Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not aquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them." President Ezra Taft Benson
"Fear not little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail. . .Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." D&C 6:34, 36
"I believe that the Ten Virgins represent the people of the Church of Jesus Christ. . . They (five foolish) had the saving, exalting gospel, but it had not been made the center of their lives. They knew the way but gave only a small measure of loyalty and devotion.
"The foolish asked the others to share their oil, but spiritual preparedness cannot be shared in an instant. . . . This was not selfishness or unkindness. The kind of oil that is needed to illuminate the way and light up the darkness is not shareable. . . . In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living." - President Spencer W. Kimball
“We encourage families to have on hand this year’s supply; we say it over and over and over and repeat over and over the scripture of the Lord where he says, “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord and do not the things which I say?” How empty it is as they put their spirituality, so-called, into action and call him by his important names, but fail to do the things which he says." - President Spencer W. Kimball