Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to 2011!!

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Happy New Year and Welcome to 2011!!  A new year means time to organize, set goals, get healthy, and get prepared!!!

This year we will have long-term food storage goals along with emergency preparedness goals, water storage goals, 3-month supply goals, and financial reserve goals.  I am following the plan from the First Presidency (LDS church leaders) and the information from the Family Home Storage pamphlet. {click HERE to read the pamphlet}

We will have goals in all five areas each month!  Don't get scared :)  They are relatively easy and only take some effort on your part to accomplish them each month.  I will list the long-term goals on the side of the blog for reference. All the other goals will come out in the monthly newsletter at church and the first Saturday of every month on the blog.

Gather a 3-Month Supply
  • Build a small supply of food and supplies that are part of your everyday, normal diet!
  • Our goal for January is to buy extra items (you decide if you buy 1 or more) EVERY TIME you run to the store!
  • Watch for sales on soups, vitamins and health food.
  • Stock up when items are on SALE!!
Store Water 
  •  Store 14 gallons of water per person.
  • This is an approximate 2 week supply. I would recommend you store as much as you can.
  • The goal for January is to store at least 1 gallon per person every week of the month.
Financial Reserve 
  • Establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount.
  • Read the advice from the Church HERE.
  • The goal for January is to set aside a few dollars each week in the month.
Emergency Preparedness
  • Although this category is not listed on the Home Storage pamphlet, it is really important and we will have a goal each month.
  • The goal for January is to have a fully stocked car kit in every vehicle you own.  
  • Include blankets, water, food, flashlights, folding shovel, candle, matches, gloves, hats, boots (for those who wear work shoes), toilet paper, extra cash, baby items, etc! Customize it to your family's needs.

Not to add more to this months goals, but I would recommend having a family night and establishing your family plan.  Click HERE to see a wonderful outline on what to have in your family plan.

I know the importance of preparing and we will all be blessed when we follow the Lord's commandments!  This will be a year full of learning and preparing! 

Enjoy the journey!
Enjoy the blessings!
Feel the peace!

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