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Food Storage Calendar

A year plan to prepare for emergencies, get a year's supply and a 72 Hour kit

(Also see 72 Hour Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Physical Preparation Night)

(As an alternate idea, try "Buddy Buying"--two items for each item you normally buy--especially do this when you can get a really good price so it doesn't even hurt your wallet.  Plan meals you will use your food storage for, so that you're buying the best food for what you're spending.)

Maybe this can get you started . . . (Scroll down for the $5 a week/2 people plan)

"The revelation to store food may be as important to our temporal salvation, today, as boarding the ark was to the people in the day of Noah."  --Pres. Ezra Taft Benson

"When the time of need arrives, the time for preparation is past"

Suggested items--25 lbs. rice, 10 bars soap
72 Hour Kit:  Back pack or tote bag and 2 bars of soap With family have an emergency meeting place with map and escape plan.

"There is no royal road to anything.  Careful planning, hard work, and determination to reach an objective is the plan to success."

Suggested items--25 lbs. oats, 10 candles
72 Hour Kit:  1 large candle, 3 day supply food (Milk carton with 2 liters of water) Water purifying tablets, supplies for infants

"We encourage all Latter-day Saint families to become self-reliant and independent."

Suggested items--25 lbs. dried beans (Variety) 5 boxes matches
72 Hour Kit:  Matches, battery powered radio.  Finish anything not done in February.

"The Lord has warned us of famines, but the righteous will have listened to the prophets, and stored at least a years supply."  --Pres. Benson

Suggested items--25 lbs. pasta (variety), 2 flashlights and batteries
72 Hour Kit:  Flashlight and extra batteries, paper and pencil, pencil sharpener, 10 one dollar bills

"But if any provide not for his own and specially for his own house, he hath denied the faith."  The Apostle Paul

Suggested items--5 lbs. yeast, 10 pkg. toilet paper
72 Hour Kit:  Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates and cups, plastic
Review emergency map and escape plans.

"It is easier to keep up than to catch up."

Suggested items--5 lbs. oil or shortening, extra blankets
72 Hour Kit:  Change of clothes for each family member--don't forget shoes.
Sleeping bag or blankets.  Instruction manuals on Emergency Preparedness and First Aid

"Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skills to do difficult things easily."

Suggested items--25 lbs. dry milk, First Aid Kit
72 Hour Kit:  First Aid Kit, utility knife and can opener

"We will see the day when we will live on what we produce."  --Pres. Marion G. Romney

Suggested items--Spices (those most used), feminine items
72 Hour Kit:  Feminine items, plastic bags and ties for garbage, plastic baggies
Personal Documents: Scriptures, genealogy, legal papers, checkbook, etc.

"Dig a well before you get thirsty."

Suggested items--5 lbs. salt per person, 3 boxes laundry soap
72 Hour Kit:  10 one dollar bills, small ax, single flare, laundry soap
Review emergency plan with family.

"Let's be thankful for bread to live.  Let's be thankful for bread to give."

Suggested items--10 lbs. peanut butter, medicines
72 Hour Kit:  Medicines (Prescription and over the counter--ex. Tylenol, cold medicines)
Add to First Aid kit extra supplies

"Thrifty is the person who plans for tomorrow and not just for today."

Suggested items--100 lbs. potatoes, vitamins
72 Hour Kit:  Bucket (plastic bucket with tight fitting lid), personal hygiene items (shaving, deodorant, shampoo, razor)

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear."

Suggested items--25 lbs. sugar or honey, toothpaste
72 Hour Kit:  Toothbrush and toothpaste, disinfectant, 10 one dollar bills
Review emergency map and escape plan

Food storage for $5 a week.  What you are supposed to do is set aside $5 a week and then buy specific items each week. You have a kitty set aside that you put the $5 in and you can't touch it for any reason but to buy the food storage item for that week. You put in whatever remaining change you have back into the kitty. Some things in the beginning are going to be cheap and then later will be more expensive. In order to pay for the expensive stuff later you need to keep the leftover money in the kitty.

Week 1:   Two cans tuna fish, 2 boxes salt
Week 2:   5 boxes of Macaroni and Cheese, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 3:   3 cans mushroom soup, 1 2.5 lb peanut butter
Week 4:   1 bottle vitamins
Week 5:   4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 6:   1 bottle aspirin (500 tablets)
Week 7:   1 100 lb container wheat
Week 8:   1 5 lb powdered milk
Week 9:   1 5 lb honey
Week 10: 4 cans tuna, 4 boxes macaroni and cheese
Week 11: 1 10 lb sugar, 1 box salt
Week 12: 4 cans mushroom soup
Week 13: 1 bottle vitamins
Week 14: 1 100 lb wheat
Week 15: 1 box macaroni and cheese
Week 16: 1 5 lb honey
Week 17: 2 cans tuna, 4 can tomato soup
Week 18: 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 19: 1 100 lbs of wheat
Week 20: 2 10lbs of sugar
Week 21: 1 10lb  powdered milk
Week 22: 1 can mushroom soup, 1 10 lb sugar
Week 23: 1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 24: 1 10 lbs sugar
Week 25: 2 cans tuna, 2 cans mushroom soup
Week 26: 1 100 lb wheat
Week 27: 3 10 lbs sugar
Week 28: 1 10 lb sugar
Week 29: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 30: 2 10 lb sugar
Week 31: 1 can tuna, 3 cans mushroom soup
Week 32: 1 can tuna, 4 cans tomato soup
Week 33: 1 100 lb wheat
Week 34: 2 cans tuna, 1 box salt
Week 35: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 36: 2 10 lb sugar
Week 37: 4 cans tomato soup, 2 boxes salt
Week 38:
Week 39: 1 100 lb wheat
Week 40: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 41: 3 10 lb sugar
Week 42: 2 cans tomato soup, 1 10 lb sugar
Week 43: 2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans mushroom soup
Week 44:
Week 45: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 46: 4 cans tomato soup, 4 cans mushroom soup
Week 47: 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 48: 4 cans mushroom soup, 1 10 lb powdered milk
Week 49: 7 cans of tomato soup
Week 50: 7 cans of mushroom soup
Week 51: 2 10 lbs sugar, 1 box salt

A few weeks you will have "off" to replenish the kitty. I haven't  figured it out myself, but by the end you should have 700lbs of
wheat, 240 lbs sugar, 40 lbs of powdered milk, 13 lbs of salt, 10  lbs of honey, 5 lbs of peanut butter,  45 cans of tomato soup, 32  cans mushroom soup, 15 cans tuna fish, 10 macaroni and cheese dinners, 500 aspirin, and 730 multiple vitamins plus they suggest adding 6lbs of dried yeast and 6 lbs of shortening and this should be enough to sustain 2 people for a year. For every 2 people you have in your family add $5 more and double or triple the amount of whatever you are buying that week. I hope this makes sense and if you have any questions let me know. For those of you not in the US, you'll have to figure out the equivalents yourself, sorry.~Contributed by Pam (Not her idea, though)

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