Level 4 Certification (must be Level 3 Certified) The Highest Level
“If you are prepared ye shall not fear” D&C38:30
Living providently reflects our true eternal nature: we are “to act for ourselves and not to be acted upon”. The Lord wants us to be responsible and independent (see D&C 78:14). He wants us to live providently because of who we become in the process: responsible, generous, mature, kind. For the more self-reliant we are, the better we can help our families and others.
This level is designed to develop new skills and hobbies that are conducive with provident living. In addition, it is designed to build upon the existing preparation items that already exist from the previous 3 levels.
1. Develop a deluxe “96” hour kit. A deluxe “96” hour kits should contain all the essential things your family would need to take you through 4 days of being on your own. It generally takes the disaster relief agencies at least 3 – 4 days to move in and set up before offering assistance. (i.e. hurricane Katrina and hurricane Sandy) Not having the necessities to sustain your life and the lives of your family members could turn an otherwise manageable problem into a personal cataclysm. Prepare now for life’s surprises. (A list or ideas for the 96 hour kit can be provided by Emergency Preparedness Coordinator).
2. Learn one new skill that will benefit you AND others, to improve your quality of life in an emergency and non-emergency situation.
3. Having basic tools and to learn their use is a must in an emergency situation and simple home repairs. The following tools are recommended to have on hand: Wood saw, wire cutters, awe, pry bar, duct tape, rope, hammer and nails, ladder, basic hand tools, scissors, screwdrivers, shovel, knife, and etc… This tool kit should be tailored to you and your family needs.
4. Learn and develop basic outdoor skills: how to set up shelter (tent), building a fire, preparing food in the outdoors and etc..
5. Have a secondary way of securing water. This would include purchasing a water filter (i.e. Berkey sport filter for as low as $20) and water container. Also, learn to store water long term.
6. Emergency Heating & Cooking. This can be in the form of a BBQ grill, Coleman stove, propane, steno, kerosene, etc. (learn proper usage and precautions) If the Olathe Kansas area was to lose power due to a winter ice storm, do you have a way to heat your home and cook for an extended period of time?
7. Lighting. Have two sources of lights, other than usual home lighting. Consider flashlights, battery power lanterns, candles, head lamps, break sticks.
8. Learn Emergency Sanitation, personal hygiene, toilet and garbage disposal.
9. Learn one or more ways for food preservation. This may include canning, pressure cooking, drying, smoking, salt methods and etc.
10. Learn Gardening. Start a small yard or patio garden to offset your vegetables with home grown produce.
11. Be current in CPR/EAD. Also, learn advance first aid.
12. Learn basic self-defense and/or the use of pepper spray.
13. Be involved in community service such as CERT, Search and Rescue or other community organizations.
14. Obtain a generator.
Provident living is a life style. It’s an opportunity for you and your family to learn new skills. Many of these skills and planning can be incorporated into family home evening activities. And remember, “Hope for the best and prepare for the worse, and always remember, there ain’t no thing as a free lunch”. By Robert Heinlein