These monthly newsletters are for anyone who would like to learn more about how to be better prepared. Written for the Hurricane Utah Stake as a stake assignment, there are also many other wards and groups who use these. Everyone is welcome to make copies!

Included are newsletters from January 2011 to present. In the January 2015 post there is an index for the first 4 years of newsletters. There are also preparedness booklets that have been posted throughout the years.

May we help each other to be more prepared, and remember what President Thomas S Monson Said: “When the time for performance arrives, the time for preparation is past.”

(Note: Garden tips are for Southern Utah – you may need to adjust according to your area’s climate.)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

May 2016

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The “Merry Month of May” is upon us - with all its color and freshness, - full of tastes of spring and promise of a warm upcoming summer. We love the smell of a fresh cut lawn or hay field, the wafting odor of newly blossomed flowers, and the night air on a clear starry night. As we enjoy the present wonders of life, let us always set aside for a future so that our way of living is not disrupted more than needs be in times of disaster or lean times. If we make preparedness a way of life, bumps in the road will not be so bad and often our family will never know there was a bump! If a widespread disaster occurs, we will be able to care for our own and not reliant on waiting in a line for help that may never come. The scriptures ask “Why call ye me Lord Lord and do not the things which I say?” Let us follow the commandment to Be Prepared, and in turn enjoy life to its fullest. 

In this month's newsletter:
H2O - Cool Clear Water: guidelines to store and purify water.
Pandemic Panic Preventer: Preparedness : what to store in case of widespread illness.
Disaster Prep: things you can use everyday to kepp on hand for a disaster.
In the Southern Utah Garden: Plant everything, tips for fall squashes, compost vs fertilizer, weeds, spraying poison, lilac pruning tips.
Cooking with Food Storage: homemade puddings, noodles, and fruit rollups.
Provident Living - Fun and New hobbies - a list of hobbies that will help you be prepared.
Spiritual Preparedness - Follow the Prophet: A quote by Elder Neal A Maxewell.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

April 2016

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The childhood chant of” April Showers bring May Flowers” rings out each spring.  It seems to hold true as those spring rains come and the greens and colors grow and brighten. But this old adage holds true for us in about every aspect of life. As we put forth any effort, there is a rewarding result. So it is with our preparedness, both temporal and spiritual.  We truly do reap what we sow. Just as April rains give the sleeping seed or root what is needed to grow and flourish, so as we put forth even a small effort and press forward do we see our shelves fill with food, the gardens flourish with produce, and our testimonies shine bright. The greater the effort, the greater the result! One rain will not keep a flower alive, but only begin its growth. We must also continue with daily efforts and good old fashioned work to truly see our preparedness flowers spring up, grow and flourish. This month let us all roll up our sleeves, get to work, and let those “April Rains” pour! And then may all of our gardens be blooming full of preparedness!

Included in this issue:
Thirteen Steps to Self-Reliance: Steps to help you and your family be self-reliant.
In the Southern Utah Garden: April planting, warning for tomatoes, seed harvest, poisons for lawns and trees.
Cooking with Food Storage: Bread - "the staff of life". Recipe for basic bread and tortillas, and ideas of ways to use bread - old fashioned "fast food"!
Spiritual Preparedness: Three quotes on preparing for second coming and the coming day of desolation.
Disaster Prep - Cool Clear Water: tips for water storage.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March 2016

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If March comes in like a lamb – will it go out like a lion? It seems like that old adage is often true. We do know from past years – that somewhere in March we are bound to have a bit of stormy weather at some point. It has happened before and will happen again. So it is with life. We know that life is not just smooth sailing. There are storms that come unexpectedly. President Gordon B Hinckley warned us in 1998 “There is a portent of stormy weather ahead to which we had better give heed.” We saw that happen with the fall of the economy, the attack of 9-11, and the wars across the world. Just like March weather is unpredictable but sure to change – so will the world around us be. The question is – will we be ready? Have we “battened down the hatches”? Have we stocked up and set aside? If not, we must do so soon. Today may be a lamb – but a lion is coming! Be Prepared!

Included in this issue:
Preparedness Equipment: We know we need to store food, water, fuel, and money! But remember to keep on hand items for a longer term emergency. A list to give you ideas is included.
Words to the Wise: Ezra Taft Benson quote on not ignoring the need to be prepared, and that those who do "will rue the day they harbored such a delusion."
Spiritual Preparedness: Richard G Scott talks of true enduring happiness as we center our life in Christ.
Provident Living: Save money on Easter Egg Color Kits - easy recipe for your own coloring.
In the Southern Utah Garden: what to plant now, planting tips and applying preemergent in the garden.
Disaster Prep - Making the Light: two homemade candle recipes and a recipe to make your own wicks.
Heeding Modern Day Warnings. Excerpt from an article comparing Hauns Mill to us today - will we listen to the prophet?

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Monday, February 1, 2016

February 2016

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February is often noted as the month of Love. We make and give and receive valentines. It is a chance to express our affections for our “valentine”. We “heart attack” our friends and family, make special dinners, and give roses to someone special. As we are sending expressions of affection to our loved ones – let us send a message of love by making sure we are prepared to care for our families – come what may. If we truly love our family we will be sure we have a storage of food, water, clothing, fuel, and some money set aside. There would be nothing worse than having an emergency to deal with, and watch our family suffer because we were not prepared! But it will give us a great sense of satisfaction if we can care for our family and know that all is well because we followed the prophet – and are prepared. Let us show our love this month – and “prepare every needful thing.”

Included in this month's newlsetter:
A Three Month Supply:  You should be able stay home for 3 months without going to the store! Ideas to store include baking supplies, breakfast, lunch, supper, spices, desserts, dairy, and other supplies.
An Encouraging Word: The first presidency reminds us to "prepare every needful thing" so we can care for ourselves, but to not go to extremes. With careful planniung you can establish a home storage and financial reserve.
Do I Really Have a Year's Supply? Read a list of amounts and give your family storage a check up. This includes an online link for a food calculator to figure amounts needed for your size family.
In the Southern Utah Garden:  An important month to fertilize, prune, spray, and plant. Helpful tips on pruning, starting seeds indoors, rotating crops, and companion planting.
Cooking with Food Storage: Recipes for using the beans you learned to cook last month! Bean Dip, Bean Salad Sandwich and Chili Beans
Disaster Prep - Winter Warnings - Disasters do not just happen in the summer when you can camp out. Winter brings extra challenges. Have a plan to stay warm, stop heat loss, store needed items, have a woodstove, plan for shelter, stock your car, and keep hand warmers and hot chocolate ready!
Companion Planting: A chart of what vegetables to plant together. A list of companions, allies and enemies!

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January 2016

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It is hard to believe another “new” year is upon us. The year “2016” once-upon-a-time seemed like a fairy tale! Yet – here we are as old man 2015 leaves and the new 2016 crawls in. With this “new year” comes the traditional opportunity to evaluate our own lives and set “new” goals. As we set goals for personal milestones we hope to reach, or traditions we want to establish, let us also keep in mind our family’s preparedness. This is a great month to take stock of where we stand and where we want to be. Take inventory of your food storage – and make a list of what you need to purchase at upcoming sales. Use the winter months to build some new shelves in the basement, a closet, or make coasters for under the bed storage. Try out the emergency items you have on hand – 72 hour kits, solar lights, generators, etc. – and be sure they are working, then repair or replace as needed.  Our preparedness must also include a spiritual preparedness.  Staying close to the spirit will give us peace in tribulations, and guidance in times of trials. May each of us make the best of this New Year and renew ourselves and our preparedness commitments.

Included in this month's newsletter:
The Family Store - turn your storage room into a mini store. Keep things on hand that keep you from making a store run. Start with 3 months, then add a longer and expanded storage.
Preparedness with Moderation! Statement frm the LDS Church to avoid extremes, but gradually build a supply to be self-reliant.
Preparedness Thoughts to Live By: Ezra Taft Benson, Spencer W Kimball on preparedness.
In the Southern Utah Garden: plan your garden, prune fruit trees, transplant during cold times, and fertilize this month.
Cooking with Food Storage: bottling beans, and how to cook beans.
Home Storage Center: an order form for over 20 items to add to your food storage.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 2015

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It’s the “most wonderful time of the year.” Even the songs blaring over the radio seem to agree! Pretty lights twinkle, the Santa’s ”ho ho ho”, and we have “Decked the Halls”. But amidst all this hustle and bustle, let us not forget why it IS the most wonderful time of the year.  It is the time of year when we focus a little more on the savior and his birth. The beautiful songs of Christmas and of the Savior truly fill our hearts with the peace the gospel brings. That peace is something we can have throughout the year as we come unto Christ and keep his commandments. One of those commandments is to Be Prepared. It is a wonderful gift to the savior, to our families and to ourselves as we follow Him, and are prepared. May we make this a Preparedness Christmas in one way or another. And may we feel the peace that comes to us as we all enjoy a Very Merry Christmas!

Included in this month's newsletter:
Disaster Prep: Where were you when the lights went out? short term and long term preparations for dealing with a power outage.
The Incredible Edible Egg: Winter months bring fewer eggs if you have chickens. Try some tips to get your chickens to lay, or check out ideas for having eggs on hand and extending their shelf life.
One more "Bright" thought: Ideas of what to do before and after a power outage.
In the Southern Utah Garden: Take a break, til the soil, plan for next year, and put leaves on the garden.
A Preparedness Christmas: ideas for gifts to give this year with preparedness in mind.
Provident Living: Christmas is a great time to practice provident living. Robert D Hales helps us learn how.
Cooking with Food Storage: Grandma Ballard's Molasses Candy
Emergency Preparedness: Make a Camp Box for quick access to go camping, or if necessary - to evacuate. Ideas are included for a Kitchen Camp Tub, Family tent Tub, and Camp Supplies Tub.
Encouraging Words: The Promised Land: From President Lee concerning the future of America.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

November 2015

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The season of gratitude has arrived. We should have gratitude all year long, but something about the beauty of the fall season with the harvest, colored leaves, and the golden glow that fills the air – seems to naturally fill our hearts with gratitude. One way that we can show our gratitude to God is by keeping His commandments, and one of those commandments is to “Be Prepared”. We know that “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear”. In this day, when the evening news is filled with reports of evil and sadness, we need to – more than ever - be sure that we are prepared. The world can be a fragile place and one never knows when our “preparedness” will be used. May we fill this season with all the gratitude we can find, and in so doing keep Gods command to Be Prepared. When we do this we will only reap more blessings… which in turn gives us more to be grateful for!

Included in this issue:
Who What When Where How? Basic Suggestions for Home Storage a list of guidelines to establilsh a home storage program.
Disaster Prep: Food and Water Safety after a Disaster: tips for food and water after flooding, taking care of food after power outage, and santitizing items.
HOT TIP: check out Wayne Whitaker's facebook page for tips on emergency preparedness and money saving ideas.
In the Southern Utah Garden: tips for end of season garden, hoses, weeds, and waht to do with leaves and fertilizer.
Coming soon to a table near you... A Preparedness Thanksgiving Dinner. A list of items that you can have in your storage that make it possible to have Thanksgiving without going to the store.
Spiritual Preparedness: The Sabbath Day. We have been asked to focus on keeping the Sabbath. Read a quote from Elder Russell M Nelson on how we can choose our activities on the sabbath. 
Cooking with Food Storage: Thanksgiving Recipes: No Fail Pie Crust, Dixie Salad, and Grandma Ballard's Thanksgiving Relish.
Parting Thought: from President Gordon B Hinckley after Sept. 11, 2001 on preparedness and these perilous times.

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