Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Another Tim Wolfe presentation on Preparedness

This presentation may feel a little like trying to get a sip of water from a fire hydrant but we must start somewhere... Prepare items in the same order that life may be endangered
Water

Heat, Light, Cooking

"Right Now" foods (90 days)

A real one-year supply of food

 Just a thought to remember: This first came out as a 7-year storage plan. In the next few decades, when it was plain the saints were not living it because

it was "too much for them" it was changed to a 3 year plan. Under Pres. George Albert Smith, J. Ruben Clark changed to a 2-year plan because the saints were not living it again because it was "too much for them". Under President Ezra T. Benson, it was changed to "at least one year supply of food" in general conference priesthood meeting along with a heart-tugging plea for the saints to do as least this much. It has not been changed to a 72-hour kit as somany leaders are teaching.

I really believe that we need a true one-year supply of food!

Water

The supply. A good filter or chlorine to purify water can mean the difference in life or death. There are not wrong ways - it's ok to be a bit different than others.

Without this you only have a couple of days. Drinking "bad" water can be fatal and usually is fatal if the Medical system is down. Lack of water will kill in three days... but after 36 hours, your judgment is seriously impaired. The church has set guidelines to store one gallon/per person/per day for two weeks.

This means you need to store 14 gallons for each member of your family. Folks, this is not enough water to meet the needs of most families in crisis. We use more water than that. The average person uses 72 gallons per day for all their needs including cooking, drinking, and cleaning. Our family has tried to store at least one 55-gallon drum per person for our needs in a crisis. But you must also store the ability to purify water after your initial supply has been exhausted. This can be as simple as chlorine and a simple pool testing kit. This is inexpensive and very effective. Be sure to store you water supply in a cool dark area on pieces of wood (not directly on concrete or dirt). Be sure to use the right storage container. A good water container is airtight, breakage resistant (no glass), and is made of material that won't rust or affect flavor. Bacteria growth will be discourage if the container is both airtight and opaque, as bacteria needs both air and light to grow.

Remember that water weighs approximately 8 lbs per gallon... Do not store more than 15 gallons of water (about 125 lbs) in any container that is meant to be portable. Rotate water storage every year. The water does not go bad; it just gets flat and tastes bad. It can get green algae and makes the water a "hard sell" to children and even some husbands. This storage is of course a band-aid on the big problem. After your storage is used up, you will need to replenish the supply. A good filter or chlorine to purify water can mean the difference in life or death. Storage methods; 55 gal. Plastic barrels are a great way to store water because they store the most water in the least space and require the least effort for rotation. You need a hose or siphon pump to get the water out and these barrels are great to collect new water such as rainwater from your roof down spout. Use only brand new barrels. Used barrels will continue to leak out the product that was first put into those barrels.

Water purification methods;

Clorox Bleach - Please do not use; unless you have nothing else! At best - it will cause diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, and on the worst side, bleeding ulcers. Your great, great, grandmother might have had to use this product because it was all they had to make water pure but this is not true today. The part of Clorox Bleach they sought was Chlorine. That is the part we want. But there are so many other ingredients in this product that hurts and does not heal.

Boiling - min of 10 and up to 20 minutes so you must have stored a lot of fuel. 20 minutes or more to kill giardia. Water tastes very flat after this kind of boiling. Very effective if done long enough. Needs a huge storage of fuel.

Iodine - bad side effects such as thyroid storm in some women. Has a peculiar odor and taste some people cannot tolerate. Never use for more than 72 hours at any one time. During a nuclear crisis, iodine may provide the added benefit of preventing the thyroid gland from radioactive disruption.

Purifiers - cost lots of money and very slow. .02 microns or no good for giardia. Porcelain type is used by the Red Cross to the Green Berets. This will take out types of Radiation (Alpha and Beta).

Chlorine - this is the way almost all cities do it - very cheap and works - available at any spa & pool store. In the "Joint Chief of Staff Anti-Terrorism report of October 2002, put out at the start of the war February 2003. This is what they report works and is what they recommend. You must buy a measuring kit as well. It is very slow acting so time is needed to allow it to work. It needs about 24 hours to work and repeated if there is no measurable free-floating chlorine. To remove the chlorine taste, cover loosely and let stand for another 24 hours and the chlorine evaporates. Be sure to measure the chlorine before you allow it to evaporate. If there is no measurable chlorine, there may still be bacteria in the water.

Store flavoring for your water: tang, peach drink, milk, kool-aid --- something!

Colloidal Silver

The Micro Silver Bullet of the past AND the future. History: In the milking industry they often use a silver milk pail on a warm day, the milk will not spoil quickly.

Plaques in Europe, wealthy Families gave their children silver spoons to eat with and they did not catch the "Black Death".

Pioneers used to put silver dollars in canteens and water containers.

Pioneers used to suck on silver dollars when they felt ill. Proven that it works with  water purification now as well and against many diseases.

The following is a study done by BYU on the ProvoRiver in 1999. This was done in an effort to find ways to clean the water for the saints in Africa and was found to be the most effective way to clean water but problematic in measurement. If they find a way of measurement to determine if the water is clean, this could very well become the new standard. Microbiology Department, BrighamYoungUniversity, 775 WIDB, P.O. Box 25253, Provo, Utah84602-5253May 13, 1999

American Silver's Antibacteria l Product (ASAP Solution) Testing Results Summary

The following results suggest that American Silver's ASAP solution is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent - it is able to effectively stop the growth of, and in fact kill, a variety of bacteria.

Heat: Cooking, Light & Heating

Solar, wind turbines, and water turbines are becoming affordable and useable as more inventions are developed. Utah is the only state that offers a one-time offer of a 25% state tax rebate for the purchase and installing of such a unit big or small, they will pay for 1/4 of the unit. http://www.mrsolar.com

Choose your fuel well. It must give off safe CO2 gas. CO gas kills. Must not explode so your fuel must not vaporize easily. We take heat and cooking and light for granted. Store the basics in heat. Pack matches or lighters and lots of them. Keep them sealed in plastic bags and protect them from the elements.

Wood: 5-6 cords of wood (That's your whole back yard)

Coal: gives off CO gas, you need 1 ton per month.

Propane: Gives off CO and is very dangerous and explosive.

white gas: Gives off CO and is very dangerous and explosive.

Charcoal briquettes: gives off CO gas.

Candles: little light and little heat. They tip easily and make a fire danger.

K1 has worked so well, we recommend it. Only two barrels (110 gallons) will see you through a Utah winter. You can solve light and cooking with this product too. It gives off CO2 gas if effective burners are used. K1 Cooker only (Not heater) 10,000 BTU's will save fuel and produce less heat in the home for summer cooking.



"Right Now" Foods

Most people do not do well in a crisis. Everyone thinks they will be the exception but there is a reason for this. Law Enforcement agencies have understood the color codes of alert for years.

color codes of alert:
White is where Americans live: no worries for life or harm. None what so ever.

Yellow is an uncomfortable move and we move back as fast as possible to white.

Orange, it takes a lot to move folks from white to Orange and this is only a temporary move. Again, we move back one level as quickly as possible

Red: battle; going from white to red, in most cases, is impossible. It generally throws people into black, which is shut down.

The human spirit is a remarkable piece of art; we can adjust to almost any circumstances given time. Disasters have proven it. But it does take a lot of time. In about 90 days we can adapt to any circumstance. The human spirit is famous for adapting, improving, and overcoming. So plan some simple meals that require very little cooking for at least the first 90 days of the crisis. The more you can make meals "normal" or what the family is used to eating, the better. Younger children really need this. "Right Now Foods" will help you minimize the stress of the moment and help every one adjust.

Soups, Tuna, Peanut Butter, Stews, Macaroni and Cheese, top Ramen noodle meals (62.00 will buy a year's supply for one person), canned goods, popcorn, banana slices, etc.

Now to the "follow the prophet" part.


Long Term Foods


- Truly have a 1-year supply of food.

Remember, it is a myth to have or teach less than a 1-year supply!

President Harold B. Lee has wisely counseled that "Perhaps if we think not in terms of a year's supply of what we ordinarily would use, and think more in terms of what it would take to keep us alive in case we didn't have anything else to eat, that last would be very easy to put in storage for a year. Just enough to keep us alive if we didn't have anything else to eat. We wouldn't get fat on it, but we would live, and if you think in terms of that kind of annual storage rather than whole year's supply of everything that you are accustomed to eat which, in most cases, is utterly impossible for the average family, I think we will come nearer to what President Clark advised us way back in 1937." (Welfare conference address October 1 1966)


Start with the Basic Foods

Wheat, grains, beans, leaving, honey sugar, powdered milk, cooking oil, shortening and salt. Basic foods are less expensive, last a long time and do not require a lot of space. In a disaster, they are the hardest to come by. Did you read that? It really is true. Lots of vegetables can be grown in any yard space, but grains are so "land intensive" to grow. It is doubtful that they will be obtainable by most people. Consider the wisdom of the Lord in suggesting we should start with these items.

14 Gallons of water per person (2 week supply)

Between 400 lbs of grain per person (wheat/rice/oats/corn can be mixed to reach these levels.) (Was 300 lbs)

60 lbs (was 75 lbs) of honey or sugar (white and brown)

60 lbs of beans always store a pressure cooker for these. They go very hard but 5 minutes in the cooker and they are soft again. Not an electric pressure cooker right!?! One that goes on a heat source.

16 lbs (was 75 lbs) of milk

10 gals (was 20 gals) of Oil (virgin oil stores the longest and the best)

8lbs (was 10 lbs) of salt--Redman mineral

Thoughts of importance: Variety - Most people don't have enough variety in their storage. Almost all of the people I have worked with have stored only the four basic items: wheat, milk, honey, and salt. Many people are allergic to wheat and may not be aware of it until they are eating it meal after meal. Statistics show that about 20% of America's populations have this allergy. More over, wheat is often too harsh for young children. They can tolerate it in small amounts but not as their staple. Another problem is we get tired of eating the same foods over and over and many times prefer to not eat, than to ample that particular food again. This is called appetite fatigue. Variety is the key to a successful storage program. It is essential that you store flavorings such as tomato, bouillon, cheese, spices to cook with and onion. Few people get beyond storing the four basic items but it's extremely important that you do so. Store dehydrated and/or freeze dried foods as well as home canned and store bought canned goods. One of the best suggestions I can give you is buy a good food storage cookbook.

Vitamins- Vitamins are important, especially if you have children, since children do not store body reserves of nutrients as adults do.

A good quality multi-vitamin and vitamin C are the most vital. Many other items of food can, of course, be added to your storage. Again the choice of how rough your "rough times" will be and what you want to endure is all up to you. It is left up to you and your agency. The greater one's desire to "suffer in comfort", the more storage and better storage one might put away. My family likes pasta, and so we stored about 130 lbs per person of pasta, and that will provide a pasta dinner for each person once each day for a year. The cost? About $90.00 per person. A cookbook on using the basics will prove to be a good investment.

Grain Mills (wheat Grinders) - Bags vs. Buckets vs. Cans?

Whatever you choose, remember it is waterproof, mouse proof, crushproof and stackable that you seek. Buckets with a thick seal seem to make food last the longest right now. Do not store food on the concrete floor. We like cans because you only open a little food at a time. Cans store in less space than buckets as well. They allow for more of a change in food storage too. Wheat Grinders: Don't buy a cheap one. If this breaks in just a couple of months, you will have lots of time to regret your decision. When the food in stacked in your basement, it will look like you can feed the ward and all your family. Everyone has seen the results of the World War 2 Concentration Camp photos. How much food do you think they ate? One small roll of black bread and one small bowl of watered down soup. The size of the roll is about the size you could make if you had about 250 lbs of grain to feed the person!! This should be quite a revelation to you. Your food might seem and look like a lot, stacked in the corner, and you might be tempted to invite the whole ward over in time of crisis, but it really is just a minimum amount for one and only one person for one year. No other family members, no strangers, no neighbors. Just one person for one year.
In this area, planning for "how much do I store?" consider this question: "do I have relatives in the area that would seek relief from me in times of crisis?" If the answer is yes... plan for them.

The Straw that Breaks the Camel's Back

The "Straw that Breaks the Camel's Back" or the "5th Chamber of the Titanic" Hot showers, soap, treats, clean clothes etc. whatever it may be that you or someone in your family needs to keep from "breaking" emotionally when everything else has changed.

Hot Water and Clean Clothes Washing Machine: the washer uses a "steam pressure process" to wash a 5lb load super clean in just a couple of minutes
Hot water showers in just minutes http://www.zodi.com or the Trading Post 435-427-9390

Where do you buy these things???
We encourage you to shop around, remembering that saving pennies is not a great concern to the Lord. Having the product is! 

A Possible Ward Preparedness Schedule

1.Organize yourselves and Prepare every needful thing (D&C 88:119) Take inventory of what you have, what you need and how and where you are or will be storing everything. Prepare a financial budget to set aside money each year to purchase a true 1-year supply.

2. Neither shall ye Thirst (Alma 32:42) Purchase the desired new, blue 55-gallon water containers. Purchase chlorine additives and testing kits. Plan water filters and replacement cartridges if desired for the instant manufacture of clean drinking water.

6. Let there be light (Genesis 1:3) Purchase kerosene fuel in either 55 or 5 gallons drums. A year supply is about 100 gallons for a Utah Winter and may be used for alternative sources of light, heat and cooking. You need to plan on purchasing preservation additive for the kerosene. You will need a K2 heater and lanterns, replacement wicks, mantels, flashlight bulbs, light bulbs, batteries, and maybe candles. Have fire sources to light candles and fires. A supply of chemical hand warmers for emergency cases will be useful.

4. Man does not live by bread only (Deut. 8:3) Buy N2 packed garden seeds that are non-hybrid. Watch for sales such as Macey's case lot sale. Become active in sharing information on "good buys" that will help families get fruits and vegetables. Do not become a coupon clipper for your ward. Do not lose focus on your calling.

7.Sweet is the Work (hymn 147) Purchase white, brown, powdered sugar and honey, molasses, corn syrup and dry milk. Purchase baking needs and supplies (yeast, salt, baking soda, baking powder, dried eggs, peanut butter, vinegar, shortening, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, cocoa, and gelatin.

8. All wholesome herbs and.. grains God hath ordained for the use of man (D&C 89:10, 14) Purchase of spices, & herbs. Consider if your budget allows a supply of medicinal herbs that will help your family through physical ailment. Purchase of Grains (White Wheat, oats, flour, rice, beans, corn, corn meal, barley and pasta.

9.The Word of the Lord is... as Pure as Silver (Psalms 12:6) Purchase of colloidal silver makers or liquid. Purchase books on preparedness and ideas to use the products. Look at the testing BYU has done.

10. Two Women shall be grinding at the Mill (Matt 24:41) Purchase hand wheat grinders, purchase lots of hand can openers--heavy duty

11. Be ye therefore Clean (Isaiah52:11) Purchase of port-o-potty's, 10 gal. Garbage bags for the port-o-potty's, toilet paper, shampoo, anti bac. Soaps, Laundry soaps and laundry o mates for small loads, cleaners, and diap ers, feminine needs, paper towels, and lots of garbage bags. Clorox wipes for the hands would be useful. You should not plan on burden families with purchases in December (Christmas) or July (Vacations) We have found these times unproductive in this arena.

Garden Seeds-- "What is your plan after the first year?"

Elder Orson Hyde "...Store up all your grain and take care of it. And I tell you it is almost as necessary to have bread to sustain the body as it is to have food for the spirit; for the one is as necessary as the other to enable us to carry on the work of God upon the earth." (JD vol5 p17)
Sanitation Problems

10-gallon bags fit just right in bucket type toilets and are sold at places such as Costco and Sam's club for the price of $7.95 for 500 bags. More than a one years supply. Wipes and soap to kill germs in such times are very good investments and become very critical in keeping the family healthy and well. If the medical system is down, this can mean the difference of life or death for family members.

Items you might like to share ABC SOUP FOOD

Items that might easy the suffering of others in short term disasters. Think of family members and special needs they might have. Imagine the way your children act when they are hungry. I mean really hungry. They become cranky and unruly. Moods of fighting, crying, anger prevail. Irrational thoughts appear normal and justified. Think of adult behavior when we get really hungry. Husbands bark at wives and children and wife's behave the same. Anger and tempers are the order of the day. Now imagine a whole neighborhood behaving this way. Now imagine one person that is the loudest in the group and he has a gun. When feelings are this raw, a person can actually justify in their mind acts that they would have never entertained just days earlier. Wouldn't it be better to feed them rather than fight with them? For this very reason the church invented a soup called "ABC Soup". It contains all the nutrition needed to keep a body healthy in a crisis and comes in  containers of various sizes.

For example: a 5-gallon bucket will cost retail about $30 and will contain about 300 meals. That's a lot of food. There is no flavor at all added to the soup so you can store bouillon of different types and have different soups each day. One day beef, the next day Chicken and so on. This goes a long way in defeating appetite fatigue. Wouldn't this be easier than fighting with people you have lived with so long? One stake president spoke to his stake after I was finished my presentation and said some profound thoughts. "Many of you have come to my home and have seen my food storage and right away you say something like this "Wow I know where I am coming if the world gets into trouble." "Well", said the stake president, "I have a lot of food and if you need to you can come on over". Then he paused. About 20 seconds passed in complete silence. Then in a quiet tone, strong and steady he said "you will work for me and you will not enjoy working for me. The message got through loud and clear.

PREPARE AND STORE THE FOOD RIGHT -- NO SHORT CUTS. There is an old saying "if you don't have time to do it right the first time, when are you going to find time to do the job again?" "Don't step over dollars to pick up pennies."

WHEN YOU STORE "TOO MUCH"-- YOU ARE PROBABLY JUST RIGHT Living on 400 lbs of grain for one year, the LDS church guide line, you WILL BE HUNGRY ALMOST ALL THE TIME. Humans use a lot of food. Most folks get unemployed and their family eats their "one year food storage" in about 2-3 months. They stand in shock. I hear this story over and over again. Folks... we eat a lot of food in the course of one year.

The Dept. of Agriculture has stated that the average American will have eaten the following by the age of 70 years old: 2400 Chickens-225 Lambs-310 Hogs-150 Beef Cattle-1560 Bushels of Grain-50 acres of fruits and vegetables and washed it all down with 7,000 gallons of water. And after all this, we will be physically hungry tomorrow and the day after and the day after that.


Start using your food supply


Use these times of peace and plenty to find out what you do not like about your supply and what you want more of. Try meals around your supply. you will find many "holes" in your program. supplies you need to buy to be able to make meals that your family expects from your storage. This is important to start now. For example you may have sorted the wheat, but have you stored yeast? Without yeast, the bread will be as hard as a brick. Yuk! You only find the "holes" in your food storage ark if you use the products.

Your food storage does not have to be like Everyone Else's. Have courage and faith. My experience has taught me that you will get the confirmation form the Lord's spirit on this matter only after you have finished getting a full year's supply for you and your family. "Working on it" does not seem to count.

Please remember, that 72-hour kits are from the Civil Defense Dept, not the Lord. That's why the Brethren don't talk about them. It is considered good common sense, but not a commandment of the Lord. A one-year supply of food however, IS)

After you have the basic food storage, the spirit is very helpful in custom fitting a food supply to the needs of your family. Only the Lord knows what those needs will be.

Because each family will got through different trials, each family may be inspired differently...different needs and of course, different storage needs. Only the Lord know for sure what trials y ou and your family must endure. Maybe this is why the church has never come out with a concrete storage program of what items to store. The spirit will help you customize a program to fit your needs. I do not get very excited and worried when I see families storing different items than what I have stored.

http://www.providentliving.org (Web page opened 2/12/03 by LDSChurch)

Emergency Preparation

We should be prepared for the future. Only preparation, both spiritual and temporal, can dispel fear. Individual members and families should prepare to be as self-reliant as possible in times of personal or widespread emergency.

President Gordon B. Hinckley has suggested "that the time has come to get our houses in order... There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed" (in Conference Report, Oct, 1998, 70; or Ensign, Nov. 1998, 53).

The primary responsibility to prepare for and respond to emergencies rest s with individual members and families. To help, Church leaders have counseled families  to:

Prepare spiritually through fasting, family and personal prayer, family home evening, and honoring their covenants.

Prepare financially by staying out of debt, saving for the future, and obtaining insurance if possible.

Maintain physical health by practicing wise eating habits, observing the Word of Wisdom, and exercising regularly.

Acquire a year's supply of food. Families should start by getting the basics, then they may choose to store other foods that they are used to eating.

~C l o s e~

"How on the face of the earth could a man enjoy his religion" said George A. Smith "when he has been told by the Lord how to prepare for a day of famine, when, instead of doing so, he had fooled away that which would have sustained him and his family" (JD vol.12 p.142)

"The days ahead are sobering and challenging. Oh, may we be prepared spiritually and temporally." Ezra T. Benson "Prepare Ye"

Elder Faust Leadership Meeting 11 Stake Area Conference 1-15-99 "The blessing for obedience to this commandment (food storage and debt) is contained in D&C 21:4-6. I will not read it to you now because I want you to go and read it on your own in a quiet moment, when you can meditate on the subject. Let the Spirit talk to your mind. The promise is in verse 6."

Elder Packer: In Ezekiel 3:17 the Lord calls Ezekiel as a "watchman" according to D&C 88:81 what is our personal responsibility to be a watchman? Elder Packer "when the Teton dam broke, 790 homes were at risk and about 7800 people were in danger of being killed. When it was all over, 6 people were dead. How could there be such a terrible destruction with such little loss of life? Because they were warned! They didn't have very long, but they were warned; and every man who was warned, warned his neighbor. What about the six that drowned? One of them was just below the dam and had no choice. Two of them  wouldn't believe the warning until it was too late. They later found them both in their car, but they hadn't heeded the warning. Three of them, died in their car, but they hadn't heeded the warning. Three of them went back to get some material possessions, and they lost their lives. But it was a miracle of tremendous proportion. As Latter-day Saints we learn to heed warnings. Now, I see a great similarity in what is happening in the world, a great tidal wave of evil and wickedness in the world. We have been warned by a prophet. Will we heed the warning, or will we be as those six in Idaho whole thought the warning was not for them?

Stake Presidency Message, Cedar hills Stake July 12, 2001 carried throughout the stake Quoting President Gordon B. Hinckley, General Conference, October, 1998 "We are carrying a message of self- reliance throughout the Church...I urge you brethren, to look to the condition of your finances. I urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt to the extent possible. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from bondage. This is part of the temporal gospel in which we believe. May the Lord bless you, my beloved brethren, to set your houses in order. If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should the storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts. That's all I have to say about it, but I wish to say it with all the emphasis of which I am capable." As your stake presidency, we feel that this is a call to arms from a prophet of God. It must being with the leaders of our stake, wards, and quorums so that they can lead by example and teach with power. This is the season to prepare, so that when the storms sand tempests howl without, we may have peace within our homes and hearts. Cedar Hills Stake Presidency

If you read the D&C 84:54-61, you understand that the Lord really becomes angry when his servants take lightly the light and true and light he has shared with them. He withholds his blessings to individuals, to wards and the to church when we are casual about the thing he has given us.

The Lord has said, "The Lord's scourge shall pass over by night and by day, and the report there so shall vex all people yea it shall not be stayed until the Lord comes. Nevertheless Zion shall escape if she observes to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her saith the Lord. but is she observes not to do whatsoever I have commanded her, I will visit her according to all her works. With sore affliction, with pestilence, with plague, with sword, with vengeance, and devouring fire." "Paul (speaking to leaders) teaches that if the trumpet has an uncertain sound who shall prepare for battle". Let me sound that trumpet with a very certain sound tonight AND forever... "God said", 'Though shalt not kill', at another time He said, "thou shalt utterly destroy". This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted-by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are places. Whatever God requires is RIGHT, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire". (teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith sel Joseph Fielding Smith (1976,256)

May we be found prepared at his coming and the events that shall surely precede that coming. Filled with the spirit of promise, having the angels watching over us, our hearts full of faith and wonderment at seeing the hand of the Lord, fearing nothing, still able to perform service to others and not out of game....


Tim Wolfe was called by the church to do presentations all over Utah and represent the church.

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