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Physical Preparedness

An excellent resource for this section would be the Church publication "Essentials of Home Production & Storage" (PGWE1125).

72 Hour Kits, Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Food Storage Help, Food Storage Calendar, Physical Preparedness

I did a small price is right game with items I purchased at Walgreens (soap, shampoo, laundry soap etc.) Then I told them how much I spent ($22.85), then how much my rebate from Walgreens would be (16.89). Some stores put on great rebates and you can build your food storage with their help. I feel really great when I save money. ~Victoria

Our Stake Homemaking leader made the rounds to all the wards in our stake last year doing a similar demonstration to let everyone know what is available at the cannery to dry pack.  The cannery gave us samples of most of the available items ahead of time to make things for the sisters (and sometimes the brothers) to taste. 

I would recommend inviting the men or having this on a fifth Sunday.  If we can get the men converted to dry packing, the job is much easier; ie they will be more willing to help in actually doing the transporting and dry packing.

We made carrot cake from the dry carrots, apple crisp from the dry apples, whole wheat bread.  We reconstituted the milk, drink mix, chocolate and vanilla puddings, potato pearls, soup mix, & hot cocoa so they could actually taste them.  I am probably leaving something out but you get the idea. It went over very well and we have had great success in inspiring
members to use the cannery.

Here are some recipes we are going to use at our Stake Women's Conference in a few weeks.   (Don't tell anyone these are made from food storage items!!)  These recipes come from the booklet our cannery in Chesterfield, VA has available.  It is quite a useful little booklet.  Maybe your cannery has one too.


1. Bring to a boil:
1 cup water
dash salt

2. Make a paste and pour slowly, stirring constantly, into boiling water:
cup water
1/3 cup wheat flour
Cook gently on low heat 7-8 minutes stirring frequently.  Remove from heat.

3. In a small mixing bowl mix and set aside:
1/3 cup dry milk powder
2/3 cup sugar
cup water

4. Combine, stirring to dissolve, then add to milk mixture.
1 tsp Knox gelatin
2 TBS warm water

5. Add to milk mixture and stir until dissolved:
1 package lemonade Kool-aid (without sugar)

6. Combine milk mixture with cooked wheat, mix well, and pour into 9"
Crunchy Wheat pie crust and serve with whipped topping.


Use above recipe, substituting 1 TBS cocoa for lemonade Kool-aid and adding 1 tsp vanilla.   Actually, I didn't have any cocoa so I used 1 oz of unsweetened chocolate, adding it at the end and stirring until it was melted.


1 1/3 cups Crunchy Wheat Crumbs
2 TBS sugar
1/3 cup melted margarine

Using fine crumbs of Crunchy Wheat Cereal, combine all of the ingredients, mix well and press firmly against sides and bottom of pie tin.  Pour filling into the shell and refrigerate until firmly set


6 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
tsp salt
1 cups brown sugar
2 cups buttermilk (2/3 cup powdered milk, 2 cups water, 2 TBS vinegar or lemon juice)

Mix ingredients thoroughly.  Press or roll evenly to fit two ungreased cookie sheets.   Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown around edges.  Turn over with spatula, break into small pieces and return to 200 degree oven to dry out thoroughly. Grind chunks in food or meat chopper on coarse blade. (I used my blender to get all fine crumbs.) Put ground chunks in strainer
and sift out small granular pieces.  Larger pieces may be used for cereal and casseroles.  Finer pieces may be used as you would graham cracker crumbs for pie crusts and other desserts.  Makes enough for 8  9" pies.

~Ann A.

The bishop's storehouse has a booklet they sell for $.50 that has recipes for using the dry packed canned items.  A tasters table of these items might be good.

I've thought it would be fun to do a preparedness night using a "BEE prepared" theme.  You could decorate with bees and beehives etc.

"BEE Productive" -- Home production -- gardening, composting, seed starting, mulching, fertilizing, soil preparation

"BEE Fed" -- Food storage and preservation -- Drypack canning, Drying your own foods, canning, cold storage and freezing (freezer jam is a quick and easy thing to do at homemaking), bin storage, pickling, cooking methods (how would you prepare all that food without electricity?)

"BEE Thrifty" -- Production of Nonfood items -- quilts made from worn clothing items (levis, or keepsake scrap quilts), clothing production, soapmaking, candlemaking, furniture making (from 2 x 4 s, pallets etc.)

"BEE Warm" -- fuel storage, light

"BEE Safe" -- first aid supplies

"BEE Ready" -- 72hr survival kit
"BEE Wet" or "Don't BEE Thirsty" -- Water storage

Have a good time. ~Donya

Pass out the following questionnaire and provide the answers to the bishop, RS Pres. Elder's Quorum Pres. and others responsible in the ward for organizing emergency help:

Emergency Resource Questionnaire

Fill in your name next to every line that describes you.  If your spouse or children fit the following information and are not here to fill in their info, please fill in their info as well.

Doctor (give field info)
Emergency Med. Technician
Nurse Practitioner
Doctor Assistant
Physical Therapist
CPR instructor
First Aid instructor
Trained in First Aid/CPR
Scouting/ Camping Experience

General Contractor
Heavy Equipment Operator
Owns chain saws
Operates chainsaws
Has trucks that could be used in an emergency
Has vans that could be used for emergency situations
Has alternate heat sources and is able to house extra people
Has a generator
Has a bicycle (if more than one, write in number)
Has medical equipment that can be loaned (crutches, wheelchairs, etc. Write in name and number of items).

Communication - TV, newspaper, radio
Ham Radio Operator
Ham Radio Owner
Mental Health Professional
Sign Language
Second Language spoken in home

Experienced in caring for the elderly
Experenced in caring for children
Experieced in organizing and leadership
Experienced in cooking for large groups
Experienced in cooking using alternative heat sources (camping stoves, buddy burners, Dutch ovens, etc.)

Things to think about: 

What shelters are readily available for members, community?

Co-ordinate these shelters -- volunteer -- who is good at cooking for large groups? Can supplies be readily available?  Can a staff be organized in case they decide to use the meeting house as a shelter?  (Cooks, Compassionate Service, Communication, Sanitation, "Police" -- someone to keep order in the shelter?)

If there has been any kind of disaster in your area, check with local Red Cross Officials, Stake and ward leaders, to find out the areas in which they had great success and which they were lacking. 

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