Sunday, April 14, 2013

Issue 1
Dear Brothers and Sisters:
Our Heavenly Father created this beautiful earth, with all its abundance, for our benefit and use. His purpose is to provide for our needs as we walk in faith and obedience. He has lovingly commanded us to “prepare every needful thing” (see D&C 109:8) so that, should adversity come, we may care for ourselves and our neighbors and support bishops as they care for others.   We encourage Church members worldwide to prepare for adversity in life by having a basic supply of food and water and some money in savings. We ask that you be wise as you store food and water and build your savings.    Do not go to extremes; it is not prudent, for example, to go into debt to establish your food storage all at once. With careful planning, you can, over time, establish a home storage supply and a financial reserve.   We realize that some of you may not have financial resources or space for such storage. Some of you may be prohibited by law from storing large amounts of food. We encourage you to store as much as circumstances allow.  May the Lord bless you in your home storage effort.
The First Presidency
Disaster preparedness is actually simple and subtle.  True emergency readiness is all about the confidence you gain from being more self-reliant.  It’s not about fear, it’s not about expensive equipment, and it’s not about changing your lifestyle.  It’s about learning to recognize the solutions and assets that surround us on a daily basis.  (Author unknown)
We must be prepared for any kind of disaster that may come our way.  Preparing for these disasters includes researching those that are most likely to occur near our home.  However, being prepared for an emergency does not just mean securing our home against natural disasters.  Our spiritual and physical health should also be prepared for emergencies that may come, i.e. tornados, floods, ice storms, etc.
How to Prepare a Family Identity Binder.
*Purchase a 1/2”-1” view binder.
*Copy enough Personal Identify Forms for each family member and fill out a form for each family member.
*Take each family member’s fingerprints.
*Gather photos (close up & whole body) of each family member, put in sheet protectors, & put in binder.
*Gather Family identity Binder Documents such as those on the following list. Copy and/or scan each document. Keep hard copies in the family identity binder and/or put scanned files on a thumb drive/c.d. Store in a safe place such as the 72-hr kit, and/or with an out of area trusted family member/friend. Update information annually, or as necessary.
Items to consider for December Purchases
*Extra grains, beans & rice to add to your long term supply
*Bottled water and/or 1 or 5 gallon water containers
*Set aside at least $5 cash every payday in your house NOT the bank.
*Keep your vehicle gas tank ½ full & fill up a 5 gallon gas can to store (add a product to prolong shelf life).
*When shopping for groceries buy extra items to help build your EXTREMELY IMPORTANT 3 MONTH SUPPLY OF EVERY DAY ITEMS.
*Water barrel and/or a water purifying product
*Do you  have Consecrated oil in your supply?
*Have you been to the temple this month?

Prepare 72 hour kits for all family members.  Not only will you need food items but clothing, toiletries, prescription medications, etc.
_______ Birth/Death Certificate(s)
_______ Marriage Certificate(s)/Divorce Papers
_______ Adoption Papers
_______ Social Security Card
_______ Driver’s Licenses
_______ Passports
_______ Temple Recommends
_______ Patriarchal Blessing
_______ Immunization/Health Documentation
_______ Health Insurance Card
_______ Fingerprints
_______ Detailed Personal Descriptions & pictures
_______ Homeowner’s/Life/Car Insurance Policies
_______ Contracts
_______ Wills
_______ $100 cash, in small bills
_______ Emergency contact info
_______ Proof of Last Address
_______ Checks/Bank Account #s
_______ Inventory of Valuable Household goods (insurance purposes)
_______ List of all credit card numbers and contact info (800 numbers) for each
This list is a combination of a few lists. 
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