As the “Emergency Preparedness Specialist” in our local congregation (Ward) I had the privileged of working with many individuals to prepare a workshop for the neighborhood and this is what we did to prepare for the common life tragedies and disasters of various types.
6:00pm – Set Up
Video’s before the meeting to set the tone:
7:00 to 7:15 – Opening in the Main Room
Presided over by: _____________
Open Hymn #229 Today, While the Sun Shines
§ Conductor: _____________
§ Pianist: ________________
Opening Prayer: ________________ (blessing on the food)
10 minute talk on “Provident Living, Why Prepare” given by: ________________
As President Marion G. Romney said: “Food for the hungry cannot come from empty shelves. Money to assist the needy cannot come from an empty purse. Support and understanding cannot come from the emotionally starved. Teaching cannot come from the unlearned. And most important of all, spiritual guidance cannot come from the spiritually weak” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1982, 135; or Ensign, Nov. 1982, 93).
5 minute instruction on how the workshop will proceed given by: ___________
Breakout themes, locations, times Food & Mingle Plans
* While the adults are meeting the Young Men & Women will be instructing the Junior and Senior Primaries in:
Foor storage and preparation, (proper food handling)
– When is food “good” to eat
– How can food be bad for you
* Refer to the bottom of the page for details
THEMES Cultural Hall – If ye are prepared ye shall not fear
Family Emergency Planning
Church members are encouraged to prepare a simple emergency plan. Items to consider may include:
- Three-month supply of food that is part of your normal daily diet.
- Drinking water.
- Financial reserves.
- Longer-term supply of basic food items.
- Medication and first aid supplies.
- Clothing and bedding.
- Important documents.
- Ways to communicate with family following a disaster.
7:20 to 7:45 Breakout #1 – Food
– Top 20 Food Storage Mistakes
* 3 months
The following calculator adds up your basic staples that you need such as grains, fats and oils, legumes, milk and dairy, sugars, fruits and vegetables and cooking essentials needed according to your family size.
Food Storage Calculator
Longer term food supply information
Find an LDS Cannery near you. (store locator)
Food storage items
– Canned Food Shelf Life Study
* Long Term
– The 52 Week Food Storage Plan; Made Simple
* Storage & Packing
– Bulk Food Storage 101: Using Plastic Buckets and Mylar
– Food Storage Basics – Where to Store
7:50 to 8:15 Breakout #2 – Water
* Water Storage
– Emergency Water Storage for Short and Long Term
For a family of 4 to have a 2 week (14 day) supply of emergency water… you would need a total of 168 gallons of water. (3) 55 gallon barrels would take care of your families needs for 2 weeks.
* Water Purification
– How to make drinking water
* Gray Water Storage
8:20 tp 8:45 Breakout #3 – Fuel
Fuel – Elders
* Cooking / Heating
** Rocket Stove
– “DUAL BURNER” Rocket Stove! (Concrete Block Rocket Stove)
– 2-minute 6-block Rocket stove
– 5 Ways to Start a Fire with water
– 9 Ways to Make Fire Without Matches
– Stockpiling Fuel for Your Car, Heater, Cook Stove, and Lamp
– How To Make a 3 Penny Battery
– A Primer on Propane for The Practical Prepper
8:45 Food & Mingle – Preparedness Potluck with food & drinks
Gather in the serving area, Serving Area to the West of the Kitchen
Primary Activity Details
EMERGENCIES: Explain what an emergency is. A general rule to follow is that: An emergency involves danger to your life or your property.
Take turns choosing one of the objects held by a different person, discussing what the situation is, and deciding whether it’s an emergency (is there danger?) or non-emergency. If it’s an emergency, set the item on the red paper. If it’s not an emergency, set it on the blue paper.
Large bandage – \tDeep cut, heavy bleeding-\t\tKnow how to care for bleeding wound
Plastic spider – \t\tBit by a spider on the hand – \t\tKnow how to care for insect bite
Matches – \t\tPile of leaves on fire in the backyard – \tKnow how to put a fire out
Broken toy -\t\tFavorite toy has broken part – \t\tHave different glues for repairs
Twig – \t\tLost in the woods while on a picnic – \tKnow outdoor safety rules
Stuffed animal -\tFamily pet hit by car – \t\t\tKnow animal hospital phone #
Bleach bottle – \t\tSomeone drinks from bleach bottle -\tKnow Poison Control Center phone #
Baseball cap – \t\tCan’t find baseball cap before game – \tKeep cap in specific place after games
Sunday shirt – \t\tButton missing-must leave for church – \tCheck clothes before Sunday morning
Electric cord – \tFrayed cord plugged in – \t\tHave a home fire safety check
TEACH FOOD SAFETY:
1. Wash hands as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday song twice. When do you wash your hands? Before handling food, after using the bathroom, after playing outside, when you get home from school, after you blow your nose, after you play with your pet. Act out washing hands while singing birthday song.
2. Separate foods. Keep raw meat away from fruits and vegetables. Put raw meat on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator so that it doesn’t drip on food next to it or under it. Divide group into two teams. At the start have a picture of a fridge and a cupboard for each group. At a designated spot across the field have pictures of different kinds of food. One by one the kids have to run down, grab a picture of the food, bring it back and put it in the right place. Then compare and see if each team got the food in the right place. Talk about why each one goes where it does. Some are tricky—jam and pineapple can go on the shelf, but once they are opened or cut open, they go in the fridge.
3. Cook: make sure eggs and meat are cooked enough to kill any bacteria in the food.
4. Chill: keep cold foods cold so that bacteria can’t grow. Put lunch meats, milk, eggs back in the fridge as soon as possible when you are finished with them
GAMES – all together? in small groups?
Red light/green light
Duck, duck, goose
Freeze or tunnel tag