Preparedness Thoughts, and Introducing a 72-Hour Mock Disaster Drill

Driving to and from California for a family vacation gave me plenty of time to think about life and preparedness. We enjoyed some fun-filled days at the beach and Disneyland, but now it’s back to reality. During a nice visit on the beach with old friends, the discussion of the state of the economy and preparedness came up. I could sense the concern, yet also the unquenchable human desire to learn from the past to prepare for the future. As I wrote down goals of what I desired to accomplish when I returned home, a few came to mind:

Health Preparedness: Walk daily. Eat sensibly and avoid articles about perfect-foods. Play Sudoku daily to strengthen my mind and scriptures daily to strengthen my spirit.

Grocery Shopping & Food Storage: Take an exact food storage count. Continue to carefully purchase storable foods at a discount. Follow The Plan by purchasing foods my family will eat, keeping an inventory, and purchasing more. Continue to teach my children how to shop frugally, use a budget, and that saving money is fun!

Emergency Preparedness: Study more about outdoor cooking using a Dutch oven and/or solar oven. Finish articles on emergency supplies on this blog. Invite others to join me in a 72-hour Mock Disaster Drill this September where we live without power, and eat what we store.

Random thoughts, but what I am pondering.

“Remember the past; learn from it. Contemplate the future; prepare for it. Live in the present; serve in it.” Thomas S. Monson, “The Mighty Strength of the Relief Society,” Ensign, Nov 1997, 94

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