Food Storage & Planning

Recently I was called to work in our church congregation (ward) as the “Emergency Preparedness Specialist”.  As such I was asked to look at the individual and family short term and long term needs.  In addition I was asked to prepare for more than just the common life tragedies and trials but also disasters of various types after the recent world events.

This is a handout that was prepared for individual family use in the Spring and Fall – Home Maintenance Checklist Handout (Spring & Fall)

Here is a one page Handout that I prepared for our church congregation along with my first draft of a talk that I’ve prepared to give.

This was created at the request of the Bishop to have a single page reference in the case of an emergency rather than the pages often prepared as emergency plans.

– I have added to the Stakes focus for American Fork Families are Forever Emphasis and have complemented it with Personal and Family Preparedness.

Here is the talk I gave in church

I would love your feedback and comments. I know it is long but it’s worth it :)

Here are the related preparedness packets prepared for our local neighborhoods and congregations (LDS Wards)

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints preparedness handout – Provident Living Website

American Fork West Stake Emergency Preparedness Plan

Sunset Hills 3rd Ward Emergency Preparedness Check List

Hillcrest First Ward Preparedness Handout

– This is a 3 hour workshop outline and agenda prepared for the ward congregation and neighborhood (this can easily be adapted) Ward Preparedness Workshop details

– This is the 2 hour workshop outline and agenda that our ward congregation is preparing Ward Preparedness Workshop details – 2 breakouts

– This is the 2 hour workshop outline and agenda that our ward congregation is doing Ward Preparedness Workshop for families – details

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been counseled to have a food storage and be prepared for an emergency which includes having a 72 hour kit. This kit should be put together in a practical manner so that you can carry it with you if you ever need to evacuate your home. It is also important to prepare one for each member of your family who is able to carry one.

This is a list of items to store in a 72 hour kit so a family can be prepared in case of an emergency. Also learn how to make a first aid kit to put into your 72 hour kit.

Directions: Print this list and check off each item that has been put into your 72 hour kit.

Checklist: 72 Hour Kit (pdf)

Food and Water
(A three day supply of food and water, per person, when no refrigeration or cooking is available)

  • Protein/Granola Bars
  • Trail Mix/Dried Fruit
  • Crackers/Cereals (for munching)
  • Canned Tuna, Beans, Turkey, Beef, Vienna Sausages, etc (“pop-top” cans that open without a can-opener might not be a good idea, read this warning from one site visitor.)
  • Canned Juice
  • Candy/Gum (warning: Jolly Ranchers can melt and using mint gum might make everything taste like mint. See the comments from the blog post, 72 Hour Kit Warning, comment #11)
  • Water (1 Gallon/4 Liters Per Person)

Bedding and Clothing

  • Change of Clothing (short and long sleeved shirts, pants, jackets, socks, etc.)
  • Undergarments
  • Rain Coat/Poncho
  • Blankets and Emergency Heat Blanks (that keep in warmth)
  • Cloth Sheet
  • Plastic Sheet

Fuel and Light

  • Battery Lighting (Flashlights, Lamps, etc.) Don’t forget batteries!
  • Extra Batteries
  • Flares
  • Candles
  • Lighter
  • Water-Proof Matches


  • Can Opener
  • Dishes/Utensils
  • Shovel
  • Radio (with batteries!)
  • Pen and Paper
  • Axe
  • Pocket Knife
  • Rope
  • Duct Tape

Personal Supplies and Medication

  • First Aid Kit and Supplies
  • Toiletries (roll of toilet paper- remove the center tube to easily flatten into a zip-lock bag, feminine hygiene, folding brush, etc.)
  • Cleaning Supplies (mini hand sanitizer, soap, shampoo, dish soap, etc. Warning: Scented soap might “flavor” food items.)
  • Immunizations Up-to Date
  • Medication (Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen, children’s medication etc.)
  • Prescription Medication (for 3 days)

Personal Documents and Money
(Place these items in a water-proof container!)

  • Scriptures
  • Genealogy Records
  • Patriarchal Blessing
  • Legal Documents (Birth/Marriage Certificates, Wills, Passports, Contracts, etc)
  • Vaccination Papers
  • Insurance Policies
  • Cash
  • Credit Card
  • Pre-Paid Phone Cards


  • Bag(s) to put 72 Hour Kit items in (such as duffel bags or back packs, which work great) Make sure you can lift/carry it!
  • Infant Needs (if applicable)


  1. Update your 72 Hour Kit every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that: all food, water, and medication is fresh and has not expired; clothing fits; personal documents and credit cards are up to date; and batteries are charged.
  2. Small toys/games are important too as they will provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
  3. Older children can be responsible for their own pack of items/clothes too.
  4. You can include any other items in your 72 Hour Kit that you feel are necessary for your family’s survival.
  5. Some items and/or flavors might leak, melt, “flavor” other items, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.

Poll: Are You Prepared with a 72 Hour Kit?

Because of each of our stewardship’s to be prepared and self-sufficient here are some helpful documents to accomplish it.

One Week of Menus
72 Hour Kits
Three Month Supply Worksheet
3 Month Pantry list
The 12 Week Plan
Best food storage containers extend shelf life and eliminate bugs
The 10 Year Plan
Everything Under the sun

Click on the links below to access preparedness kits:

Home Maintenance and Checklist (Spring & Fall)
Adult Emergency Backpack
Children Emergency Backpack
School Student Book Backpack
Important Documents & Keys
Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies
Evacuation “Grab & Go” List
All-Season Driving Maintenance
Employee Workplace Emergency Kit
“Portable Potty” Kit Contents
Are You Prepared?

Bishop Vaughn J. Featherstone, second counselor in the Presiding Bishopric In the general conference welfare meeting on Saturday morning, April 3, 1976:

“I should like to address a few remarks to those who ask, ‘Do I share with my neighbors who have not followed the counsel? And what about the nonmembers who do not have a year’s supply? Do we have to share with them?’ No, we don’t have to share—we get to share! Let us not be concerned about silly thoughts of whether we would share or not. Of course we would share! What would Jesus do? I could not possibly eat food and see my neighbors starving. And if you starve after sharing, ‘greater love hath no man than this …’ (John 15:13.)

What brother in the priesthood or sister in the gospel could possibly see a nearby family starving to death and feel that they were justified in withholding their substance? As I mentioned in my talk, I believe the question that we must all ask ourselves is “What would Jesus do if he were here and faced with this problem?” In his ministry, you will recall that he spent most of his time with those in poverty, the grief-stricken, the poor, the poor in spirit, the leperous, the blind, the maimed, etc. He said: “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.” (Matt. 9:12.)

I think herein we find the answer to the question “What support does one offer to those who are unpreppared”?

The part of the question relating to the five wise and the five foolish virgins may not refer to substance and physical wants—I think it rather refers to spiritual preparedness. I think the measure of whether we have sufficient oil in our lamps or not will not be determined by how much wheat we have in our basement, but rather, if we are keeping all the commandments of God. Are we paying our tithes and offerings? Are we loving our fellowman in that Christ like way the Savior would have us do? Are we filling our assignments in the Church and exercising our stewardship in that way which is appropriate and pleasing to the Lord? Are we pure in heart? Do we follow the prophet? Are we exercising righteous dominion in our homes? Are we actually committed and converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ and living those standards and principles? These are the questions I think we need to ask ourselves regarding whether our lamps have sufficient oil or not. I do not think it refers to the substance we have in our basements for a year’s supply.

Boyd K. Packer from his book The Holy Temple:

Consider this comparison. In the welfare program we have been counseled for generations by the leaders of the Church to secure for ourselves a year’s supply of food and clothing, and if possible fuel, and to be concerned for our shelter. This is a responsibility laid upon the individual members of the Church, upon each family. The commodities are to be stored at home. They are to be privately purchased, privately stored, and in time of crisis privately used.

President Packer also states in Chapter 19, “Claiming your Own” and the section “Work for the Dead an Individual Responsibility.”

Consider this comparison. In the welfare program we have been counseled for generations by the leaders of the Church to secure for ourselves a year’s supply of food and clothing, and if possible fuel, and to be concerned for our shelter. This is a responsibility laid upon the individual members of the Church, upon each family. The commodities are to be stored at home. They are to be privately purchased, privately stored and in time of crisis privately used.

“There has also been developed in the Church a system of bishop’s storehouses. Here commodities are collected which are distributed by the bishop of the ward in times of emergency need. This is a collective or Church way of solving the problem. Welfare farms are maintained and members of the Church donate their labor to produce the various commodities that find their way into the bishop’s storehouse.

“It is not ever suggested that because we have bishop’s storehouses there would be no need for individual families to maintain their year’s supply. The counsel for the individual to protect himself and his family has never been withdrawn. It has been continually emphasized.

“The foolish asked the others to share their oil, but spiritual preparedness cannot be shared in an instant. The wise had to go, else the bridegroom would have gone unwelcomed. They needed all their oil for themselves; they could not save the foolish. The responsibility was each for himself.” Doctrine and Covenants Institute Student Manual – Section 45

Lastly, here is what President Kimball shared:

“In the parable, oil can be purchased at the market. In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living. Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures, each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity, these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps. (Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, p.256).”

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