Four-Step Home Storage Approach
In 2007, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints modified their food storage guidelines to include a 3-month supply, emergency water, financial reserve and long-term foods. Hence, home storage and food storage combined. As you study preparedness books, you’ll see that many focus on old school ideas such as get your years supply or live on a farm. I’m so excited that the LDS church is helping us prepare for short-term emergencies too.
So digest the following to stay current:
- All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Home Storage, 2007
- Family Home Storage: A New Message, Ensign, March 2009
- Watch “Lay Up In Store” by Bishop Keith B. McMullin
After studying these resources, you will understand the Four-Step Home Storage Approachand realize you CAN do this!
STEP 1: 3-Month Supply
Gradually build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet until it is sufficient for three months
STEP 2: Drinking Water
Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted.
STEP 3: Finacial Reserve (Emergency Savings)
Establish a financial reserve by setting aside a little money each week, and gradually increase it to a reasonable amount
STEP 4: Longer-Term Supply
Once families have achieved the first three objectives, they are counseled to expand their efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples.”
“The first step is to begin. The second is to continue. It doesn’t matter how fast we get there so much as that we begin and continue according to our abilities.” Bishop H. David Burton