April 25, 2013

Mormon Messages Video: My Brother Hyrum

At times in our lives, we feel we are different than those around us. The funny thing is, we are different. But some of our differences are more apparent than others, especially when we have a physical disability like Autism. The following Mormon Messages video shows that through a little sister's eyes, her brother is "just my brother."

As soon as I started this video, my daughter ran in from the other room, drawn to the voice of the little girl. I enjoyed talking with her about Autism as she had many questions about Hyrum. What can he do? Can he talk?

Autism: It means you think things different. It doesn't make you bad, it just makes you different. Heavenly Father made all of us special.


April 22, 2013

Food Storage Goals: April Week 17 - Prepared Soups

For week 17, gather prepared soup as well as other suggested items.

STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) - Prepared Soup 3 cans.
Tip: A few cans of prepared soup can be helpful everyday, for sudden illness or disasters. For singles and empty-nesters, the convenience of a can of soup can't be overlooked. Consider adding a few of your family favorites to your 3-month supply.
Shelf Life: Typically 2 - 5 years, unless tomato-based. Check the label.

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER - 14 gallons water
FEMA recommends 1 gallon per day of drinking water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person. "You will also need water for food preparation, bathing, brushing teeth, and dish washing. Store a 3-5 day supply of water (at least 5 gallons for each person)." FEMA
Tip: Stock up this month! It's everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use. Small bottles are for short-term storage, so slowly go through your supply and replenish. More durable food grade containers are for long-term storage.
Shelf Life: small commercially prepared bottles store indefinitely. Other containers need to be refilled every 6 months. Store off your cement floor on 2x4's or on a shelf.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
Tip: Add to your fund each week for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash in small bills at home.

STEP 4: LONGER-TERM SUPPLY (per adult) - Nothing this week

OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
SANITATION ITEMS - Toilet bowl cleaner
Tip: Whether you use a liquid or Comet-type product, buying a few extra is helpful everyday. Sometimes these items are less expensive when purchased in bulk at a warehouse store.

PREPAREDNESS GOAL - Update your 72-hour kit food
Tip: Does your kit need a checkup? Has it really been a year since you looked at the food in you kit? We keep our kits in our coat closet for quick access. You can find more ideas on my Pinterest 72-Hour Kit page or at this post about food packs.

EQUIPMENT GOAL - Portable Toilet
Tip: Trash bags could line a toilet in a disaster. Or you could purchase a portable toilet like the Go Anywhere by CleanWaste, or make one of your own with a seat and bucket.

WEEKLY INVENTORY - Freezer
How: We just discovered some hot dogs that had been in our freezer for over a year. Though freezer foods are perishible, it's still a great idea to take an inventory every few months. I like to store my yeast in my freezer so it will last longer. Check out my Pinterest Freezer & Refrigerator page for more ideas.

Good luck on your weekly goals. You CAN do it! Here is the printout of the April 2013 Food Storage List. If you are new around here, go to my START HERE page.

Do you have any tips on gathering the items on this week's list? Please share.

April 18, 2013

Teaching Preschoolers About Earthquake Safety


In honor of the Great Utah ShakeOut, yesterday I had an earthquake drill with my preschool class. I wanted to make this experience fun yet serious, but at the same time not scare them.

Over the past few months I have taught them a song called "Five Little Mice" from "150 Toddler Tunes" by Kidzup. During this song they pretend they are mice and take turns running away from the cat by hinding under the preschool table. They love playing this game.

However, during an earthquake they would all need to get under the table at the same time. The thought came to me to have them pretend to be playing with something in the classroom before I said, "1, 2, 3 earthquake!"

So, I assigned each of them something to do such as, "Joey, pretend to read a book; Sally, play with puzzles; Mary, sit at the table; Gina, play with the ball" etc. (Fictitious names). They loved this because they are great pretenders.

Once we were ready, I told them to start pretending. Then I shook back and forth in my rocking chair and said, "1, 2, 3 earthquake!" They dropped whatever they were doing or holding, and scrambled under the table. They loved it! Each time we did a drill, they pretended to do something else in the classroom.

The first time we did it, I tried to get under the table with them, but could only get my shoulders under. So, I decided my protection location would be the doorway to the bathroom a few feet from the kids. We practiced over and over again. And I am very proud of my students!

We also talked about the importance of listening and obeying quickly. It's always a challenge for teachers to get everyone on task quickly. They have to learn to freeze. However, we are working on it.

I also taught them how to evacuate in case of a fire. They practiced grabbing their coats and shoes (without putting them on), and getting out the door. I taught them how to open the door by themselves in case I am unable to do it because of an injury. Practicing at a young age is very important, and need not be scary.

I hope some of you are teaching your children how to be better prepared for earthquakes. This would be a great family home evening idea too!

Useful articles:
Earthquake Safety Drills for Students
FEMA for kids
USGS Earthquakes for Kids



April 15, 2013

Participate in the Great Utah ShakeOut on April 17th


Are you prepared for a 7.0 earthquake in Utah? Participate in the Great Utah ShakeOut on Wednesday, April 17th at 10:15 a.m. wherever you are. Sign up here.

The following video shows "what might happen in a Wasatch fault earthquake, and what Utahns can do to reduce losses."



What will happen on April 17?
  • The ShakeOut Drill is scheduled for 10:15 AM on April 17, 2012.
  • This means that wherever you are at that moment—at home, at work, at school, anywhere—you should Drop, Cover, and Hold On as if there were a major earthquake occurring at that very moment, and stay in this position for at least 60 seconds.
  • There will not be any freeway closures, power outages, or other simulated effects of the hypothetical earthquake, unless your local government or utility company specifically notifies you about something of this nature.
  • The ShakeOut is not something you need to leave work to participate in—in fact, participating at work is encouraged! Businesses, organizations, schools, and government agencies can register and have their employees practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On or have a more extensive emergency drill.
  • The main goal of the ShakeOut is to get Utahns prepared for major earthquakes, so use the ShakeOut as an opportunity to learn what to do before, during, and after an earthquake. Visit http://www.earthquakecountry.info/roots/seven_steps.html for tips on how to prepare, survive, and recover.
  • Anyone in Utah can participate, from a single individual at their home to a major company at the office. Talk to your coworkers, neighbors and friends about the ShakeOut and encourage their participation.
  • Sign up for free at www.ShakeOut.org/Utah/register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill, get email updates, and more.
To learn more about how to Drop, Cover and Hold On visit this webiste:
Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Also, watch these videos which show what happens to furniture in a bedroom during an earthquake. It will make you really think. See bottom left of page:
Inside a Bedroom Without Proper Anchoring
Inside a Child's Bedroom with Proper Anchoring

To find out what month your state or country is participating, go here.

Food Storage Goals: April Week 16 - Condensed Soups

For week 16, gather condensed soup as well as other suggested items.

STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) - Condensed Soups 10 cans.
Tip: Condensed soups have been around for generations. They are useful in casseroles, crockpot meals and many other recipes. Consider varieties such as tomato soup, chicken noodle, cream of mushroom or chicken. Check out CampellsSoup.com for some you didn't even know existed. A few varieties are usually available during the case lot sales in Utah. Also find some at Sam's Club and Costco year-round, though they are a bit more expensive. Check your grocery ad for a good price and stock up on your favorites. If this is a staple for your family, you may want to stock up on more. Personally, I gather several cases twice a year.
Shelf Life: Cream of mushroom or chicken 2 - 5 years; tomato soup - 12 - 18 months. Check the label.

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER - 14 gallons water
FEMA recommends 1 gallon per day of drinking water per person. That's about 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person. "You will also need water for food preparation, bathing, brushing teeth, and dish washing. Store a 3-5 day supply of water (at least 5 gallons for each person)." FEMA
Tip: Stock up this month! It's everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use. Small bottles are for short-term storage, so slowly go through your supply and replenish. More durable food grade containers are for long-term storage.
Shelf Life: small commercially prepared bottles store indefinitely. Other containers need to be refilled every 6 months. Store off your cement floor on 2x4's or on a shelf.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
Tip: Add to your fund each week for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash in small bills at home.

STEP 4: LONGER-TERM SUPPLY (per adult) - Nothing this week

OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
SANITATION ITEMS - Disinfectant Cleaning Wipes
Tip: These are definitely a convenience, but if you were without water, these would be useful for quick sanitation cleanups. These are also great for camping, everyday use and during disasters.

PREPAREDNESS GOAL - Family Home Evening Lesson on Emergency Sanitation and Hygiene
Tip: Does your family know how to handle sanitation issues in a disaster? Consider preparing a lesson to teach your family. Check out "Personal Hygiene and Handwashing After a Disaster or Emergency" at this CDC link. The Handwashing Station pdf is a great visual. Review what to do after a flood as well.

EQUIPMENT GOAL - Trash Bags
Tip: Trash bags are extremely useful after a disaster. If trash service were suddenly interrupted, you will be grateful you had some large bags on hand. Animals and rodents will be looking for food, so make sure you have covered trash cans as well.

WEEKLY INVENTORY - Cleaning Supplies
How: Check your cleaning supplies such as bleach, disinfectant cleanner, laundry soap, ammonia, etc. for breakage, and replenish if needed.

Good luck on your weekly goals. You CAN do it! Here is the printout of the April 2013 Food Storage List. If you are new around here, go to my START HERE page.

Do you have any tips on gathering the items on this week's list? Please share.

April 14, 2013

Mormon Messages Video: Courage

Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of teaching people in several wards and stakes about food storage and emergency preparedness. I have met a variety of people from various economic circumstances who are trying to help their families become better prepared.

There is much we can learn from each other and so much strength in the people in these wards and stakes. When I come to teach, I usually feel somewhat inadequate knowing each ward has many capable teachers and leaders. However, when those fear thoughts enter my mind, I quickly push them aside because I have faith that Heavenly Father knows my gifts and that there is usually someone in my class that I can lift. Someone who needs to know they are not alone, and yes, they can get through their trial.

It is because of this faith, that I find the courage to teach. We did not come to this earth empty handed. It is sometimes difficult to see our own gifts, but I know we each have them and can use them to help others.

Today I thought I would share a Mormon Messages video entitled "Courage." As we push forward each day, may we each discover our gifts and have the courage to use them.


April 12, 2013

Utah Prepare: Conference & Expo on April 13, 2013


SAVE THE DATE! 
Saturday, April 13, 2013
8:30AM to 5:00PM 
(Registration begins at 8:00AM) 

 South Towne Expo Center
9575 South State Street, Sandy, UT 

$10 for full conference and expo tickets 
$5 for expo only tickets

If my readers use promo code: prepared 
they will receive $2 off of the $10 tickets!

Register at UtahPrepare.com

Keynote Speaker: JIM PHILLIPS, Emergency Preparedness and Cold-Weather Expert
Jim Phillips, one of America's foremost authorities in family preparedness, personal disaster response, and winter industrial safety training, has developed a series of classes and courses designed to help you and your family or your company meet the challenges of an uncertain future. For more than forty-five years, Jim has been extensively engaged in outdoor living, winter camping, and arctic living. With a broad technical background he has developed unique principles, methods, and equipment which have been tested and proven over the years. Paramount is Jim's understanding of how and why things work.

Other Speakers: Nate Leishman, Mike Stever, Joy Bossi, Margie Memmott, Melanie Jewkes, Lance Peterson, Warren James, Richard Heaps and more!

Workshop Topics:
  • Sheltering in Place 
  • Fuel and Energy Sources 
  • Natural Disasters: The Realities of the Aftermath 
  • Preparing Kids while Preparing Yourself 
  • Cooking with Food Storage 
  • Health and Sanitation 
  • Communication And more

April 10, 2013

KSL Video About Mormon Missionaries: A Might Band of Youth

If you missed the amazing Utah KSL news special on April 7th about Mormon missionaries, you will want to check it out. When the age to serve was lowered, many more youth have chosen to serve missions in unprecedented numbers. This report shares stories of several youth and the feelings they have about choosing to serve missions for the LDS Church. Their enthusiasm is contagious. As Elder Russell M. Nelson said, "Catch the wave!" See the KSL report here.

You may also like:
Mom's 10-Week Mission Preparation Countdown

April 8, 2013

Food Storage Goals: April Week 15 - Tuna and Salmon

For week 15, gather some tuna and salmon.

STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) - Tuna or Salmon 6 cans.
Tip: Canned tuna or salmon is a great source of Omega 3 and protein. Canned fish can be used in sandwiches, salads and casseroles. Tuna is .50 cents per can and albacore tuna is $1.50 during the April case lot sales in Utah. They are always at Sam's Club and Costco or check your grocery ad for a good price to stock up on your favorite brand. If this is a staple for your family, you may want to stock up on more.
Shelf Life: About 3 - 5 years.

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER - 14 gallons water
(FEMA) or about 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person
Tip: Stock up this month! It's everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use. Small bottles are for short-term storage, so slowly go through your supply and replenish. More durable containers are for long-term storage, but need to be refilled every 6 months.
Shelf Life: small commercially prepared bottles store indefinitely, see Still Tasty. Store off your cement floor on 2x4's or a shelf.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
Tip: Add to your fund each week for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash in small bills at home.

STEP 4: LONGER-TERM SUPPLY (per adult) - Nothing this week

OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
SANITATION ITEMS - Baby wipes
Tip: Even if you don't have a baby, these wipes are great for cleansing when you are without running water. I buy a few packs and keep with the emergency supplies. Great for camping, everyday and during disasters.

PREPAREDNESS GOAL - Plant a vegetable garden
Tip: This is by far the best preparedness thing you can do to keep food costs down. Even if you live in an apartment, you can have a tomato plant on your porch. With practice, you could become the porch expert! Check out some ideas on my Pinterest Vegetable Gardens page. And I love reading about gardening at The Prudent Homemaker.

EQUIPMENT GOAL - Solar Shower
Tip: If you were without running water, a solar shower is a great sanitation gadget. Sure you could create something of your own, but for less than ten dollars you could have something to hang in a tree and let the sun heat. We picked up ours from Walmart. May I never have to use it.

WEEKLY INVENTORY - Beverages
How: Check your beverages for breakage, spillage and replenish if needed. Items such as shelf stable juice, soda, sports drinks, powdered drink mixes, lunch box drinks, or other canned beverages can be considered food storage.

Good luck on your weekly goals. You CAN do it! Here is the printout of the April 2013 Food Storage List. If you are new around here, go to my START HERE page.

Do you have any tips on gathering the items on this week's list? Please share.

Food Storage Goals: April Week 14 - Canned Beans and Chili

For week 14, gather some canned beans and chili.

STEP 1: 3-MONTH SUPPLY (per adult) - Canned beans AND chili 14 cans.
Tip: The lovely thing about prepared canned beans is the health benefits and how easy they are to use. Canned beans can usually be found year-round and come with or without salt. Canned beans (not chili) should be rinsed and swished in cold water to help get rid of the gas-causing raffinose sugars. Beans are typically on sale during the April case lot sales in Utah for .50 cents per can. Or check your grocery ad for a good price to stock up on.
Shelf Life: About 2 - 5 years.

STEP 2: DRINKING WATER - 14 gallons water
(FEMA) or about 4x24 ct. cases of bottled water per person
Tip: Stock up this month! It's everywhere today, but it may not be tomorrow. Buy more to replenish what you use. Small bottles are for short-term storage, so slowly go through your supply and replenish. More durable containers are for long-term storage, but need to be refilled every 6 months.
Shelf Life: small commercially prepared bottles store indefinitely, see Still Tasty. Store off your cement floor.

STEP 3: FINANCIAL RESERVE (per person) - $2.00 +/- per week
Tip: Add to your fund each week for emergencies. Keep some in the bank and some cash in small bills at home.

STEP 4: LONGER-TERM SUPPLY (per adult) - Nothing this week

OTHER STORAGE ITEMS
SANITATION ITEMS - Disinfectant cleaner
Tip: Keep this concentrated cleaner on your shelf. It's an inexpensive cleaner every day and during disasters.

PREPAREDNESS GOAL - Collect bean recipes
Tip: There are so many options for recipes using beans from hummus to homemade chili. Search online or in your own recipe books for some family favorites. Keep them in your binder for easy access.

EQUIPMENT GOAL - Rubber gloves
Tip: Helpful for cleaning to protect your hands from chemicals or other unwanted germs.

WEEKLY INVENTORY - Fuel and Light
How: Look through your supply of fuel and light and count them. Consider propane, camp stove fuel, lawnmower gas containers, light bulbs, lanterns, running headlamps, batteries or other similar items. Learn to keep similar items grouped together to make them easier to inventory. We needed our headlamps last weekend for a trip and could not find them. Now new ones are in the emergency closet as well as our batteries and lanterns.

Good luck on your weekly goals. You CAN do it! Here is the printout of the April 2013 Food Storage List. If you are new around here, go to my START HERE page.

Do you have any tips on gathering the items on this week's list? Please share.

April 2, 2013

April 2013 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison

I need to shop for some food storage this week, so I spent several hours updating my April 2013 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison list. This list helps me compare the prices at this week's Utah case lot sales to items I can get everyday at Sam's Club, Walmart, the LDS Home Storage Centers (dry pack cannery) and Emergency Essentials.

At the beginning of the list are some how-to tips for shopping at case lot sales. Make sure you compare ounce for ounce or pound for pound which are shown in the gray column. And typically, items in #10 cans have a longer shelf life so they cost more per ounce or pound.

I didn't have time to update the Walmart prices, so my list has last year's prices. But I've found that most of these Walmart items don't go up in price much unless there is an extreme drought or shortage. Nor did I get to Costco. :-( Sick kids. However, Sam's Club prices are very similar. For those of you who have a Utah Albertson's nearby, just look here for those prices and then compare with my list.

Take a look at the price list if you live in Utah, because it may help you figure out what to buy before you even enter the store. You will save the most money if you go shopping with a plan of action. I hope you find it useful and get some great shopping deals! I will post some pictures after I shop. :-)

Update: Just got back from Smith's and the picture above has the items I bought there. I would love to tell you my family ate regular oatmeal for breakfast, but my kids prefer instant. So, I stocked up. Smith's does not let you break the case which is too bad because they would probably sell more food if they did. But who am I to tell them how to market their food. :-)

I would LOVE to hear what some of you purchase at the case lot sales! Please share.

Valerie

Here's the list:
April 2013 Utah Case Lot Sale Price Comparison.pdf

My Favorite Deals:
WF Canned Beans 15 oz. .48 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market (Mix and Match)
WF Mayonaisse & Salad Dressing 30 oz. $2.00 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market
WF Beef Stew 24 oz. $2.00 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market
WF Tuna 5 oz. .59 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market
WF Cake Mix .99 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market (Mix and Match)
WF Spaghetti & Macaroni 3 lb. $2.00 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market
Hunt's Pasta Sauce 24 oz. .77 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market
WF or Kroger Tomatoes 15 oz. .48 or .50 Macey's/Dick's/Fresh Market or Smith's
Kroger Instant Oatmeal $1.29 Smith's
Kroger Peanut Butter 18 oz. $1.65 Smith's
Kroger Tomato Sauce 8 oz. .20 Smith's

(These are just a few of the deals.)

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