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, October 1, 2016

October 2016

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“It’s autumn time! It’s autumn time! The leaves are falling down.” That well-loved children’s song keeps echoing as the beautiful season of fall has finally arrived! It is a season loved by so many as the harvest is over, the days are cooler, and the colors begin to glow. Even the air seems to have a golden glow – so different from the other seasons. It is sweatshirt weather, and time for Friday night lights (the football game!) and weekend wood gathering trips. It is also the time to check our storage and be sure we are ready for the winter! Grandmother used to set aside the summer harvest for the upcoming winter. Jars were filled, squashes lined the shelves, and the freezer was full. Today we must be ready for those “winter” storms no matter when they arrive. The winter was always a time when food was not so readily available and if you had not stored for those storms, you went hungry. So it is with the storms that may rage today. We do not want to be caught without the preparation necessary to weather whatever storms may come our way! Let us be sure to set aside for that rainy winter day that will certainly appear. Let us Be Prepared!

In this month's newsletter: 

Get to the Meat! Ideas for storing protein - canned meats, peanut butter, beans, home bottled, jerky, live storage, and having a plan if the freezer goes out.
Fall Preparedness: be prepared for the changing seasons - yard care, gutter care, outdoor plumbing, roof repair, furnace, energy leaks, ceiling fans, house exterior, drainage, fireplace/woodstove.
Spiritual Preparedness: Quotes from Dallin H Oaks and Bruce R McKonkie about being prepared for what lies ahead.
In the Southern Utah Garden: Finish harvest, mulching with leaves on garden, warning about pecan leaves, getting rid of weeds.
Cooking with Food Storage:  Recipes for beef or venison jerky, ground beef jerky, and two hot chocolate from scratch recipes.
Protecting Food Storage Investment: Take steps to protect food and emergency storage - if in doubt throw it out, rotate, mice and moths, temperature, natural disasters, floods, moisture content.
Nine Preparedness Myths: Do you use these excuses for not having a food storage? Nine myths laid to rest!

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September 2016

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September is here and fall is in the air. The mellow apples, a fresh lit fireplace, and the crisp morning air, all bring nostalgic aromas that add to the wonderful fall season.  The days are shorter and the nights are cool. It is a welcome change at the end of another summer season. September is also our national preparedness month! It is the perfect month, as the season changes and the summer harvest ends, to take stock of our preparedness! There are many preparedness fairs going on this month to give us ideas, and a wealth of knowledge in our church groups or even online. There are no good excuses to find ourselves unprepared! The lord has warned us over and over. The summer has been filled with fires and flooding – and many emergency evacuations.  It is not a matter of “if” we may need to be prepared – it is a matter of “when!” In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Let us use this time we now have to prepare for whatever lies ahead.

Included in this month's newsletter:
Emergency Preparedness - the Bug out Bag: tips on what to store in yur 72 hour kits
Four Levels of Preparedness:  lists of what kinds of things you need for basic preparation, 30 plus days, three or more months and over a year.
In the Southern Utah Garden:  what to plant, how to make a protection for plants on cold nights, winter garden harvest, fall clean-out, poison tips, root cellar, and beetle traps.
Summer Canning:  a delicious and easy recipe to salsa!
Emergency: 12 basics to be prepared with to care for your family in case of an emergency.
Spiritual Preparedness: a quote from Elder L.Whitney Clayton on being deeply rooted in Christ to be able to endure any storm that comes our way.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016

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“Summertime and the livin’ is easy – fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high…”  The first line of that old song conjures up visions of pleasant summer days filled with relaxation and fun! Is that how your summer is going? Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors on hikes and in the garden. Our grandparents knew that summer work meant food on the table in the lean of winter.  You may not rely so heavily on that summer harvest anymore – but summer is a great time to take stock of what you have and what you need. Being prepared takes perseverance and re-evaluation on a regular basis. “Today while the sun shines” you can put away for tomorrow.  President Monson said “When the time for performance arrives, the time for preparation is past.”  Let us use these “lazy days of summer” to be ready. We can “save for a rainy day” those things necessary to make it through the storms that lie ahead.

In this months issue:
Summertime Preparedness - a list of things to do in the summer to help you get better prepared!
The Spice of Life - information on spices and condiments to help with your extended storage. 
In the Southern Utah Garden - what to plant, spray apples, and ideas to control squash bugs and scarab beetle, tearing out diseased plants.
Summer Canning - Its like free jam when you make Prickly Pear and Peach Pit Jelly! Great recipes.
Spiritual Preparedness - Elder Kim Clark speaks on the need to be better than we are now for a greater work to do.
Disaster Prep - first aid tips that debunk old methods.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

July 2016

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July is the month we celebrate our freedom!! We are blessed to live in this choice land. We know that “freedom isn’t Free” – many men and women died to ensure us of the freedoms we enjoy! Being in a free land gives us the opportunity to have gardens, fruit trees, and a food storage. In some places in the world it is a crime to “hoard” and people are limited by government regulations. Let us use the freedom we have to be prepared! “Today while the sun shines” is the time to “be prepared.” Things may not always be as conducive to preparing for the future. If we will make preparedness and provident living a way of life, when the storms bear down – we will weather them with greater ease. “Where preparations are being made there will be little difficulty, but where no preparation has being made, suffering and difficulty will come” (Welf Conf 1970).

Included in this month's issue:
Food Storage By the Meal - Personalize your family food storage by planning what to store by what you will eat. "Eat what you store - and store what you eat!" Suggestions for those meals are included.
Provident Living - Make Your Own. Recipes for Pre-wash, Windex, Stain Remover, Outdoor Windows, Basic Sports Drink and Powdered Sports drink.
A warning Voice from the Past - for our TODAY! - Neal A Maxwell Quote on last days skirmishes, and a reminder that summer is upon us- let us not then complain of the heat!
In the Southern Utah Garden - Ideas to plant, spraying fruit, grapes, garden and fruit tree watering,
Summer Canning - Recipe for Zucchini Pickle Relish, and Zucchini Bread and Butter Pickles
Year Food Storage list - with age appropriate quantities.
Incentives for Food Storage - from USU Extension Service.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June 2016

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June is a favorite month of many. The days are long with pleasant summer evenings. The cherries and apricot trees drip with their goodness, and gardens flourish and begin to produce their bounty. The grasses are lush and the flowers are fragrant. June is the most popular month for weddings – so love is in the air! Al Bernstein described it when he said “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.” With all the wonder of this month comes a great opportunity to add to our temporal and spiritual preparedness. Bottle up some of the delicious fruits God has given us. We were blessed with a bounteous harvest – so be sure to show gratitude for what the lord has sent. It is a great time for family outings and growing and strengthening bonds with summer time activities such as camping, swimming, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors. Or even to sit under the shade and read, or write in a journal, or ponder the wonders that surround us! Truly – the fig tree “branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves”. The summer is nigh – and the signs that it stands for are all around – “even at the doors” (Matt. 24: 31-32) May we use this balmy month of June to increase our preparedness and be ready for whatever the encroaching heat may bring. “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”

Included in this issue:
Simplify: A Daily Dose Approach to Preparedness - choosing one task to accomplish daily will help you be prepared!
Words To Live By - verses to encourage us in our preparedness.
Visual of basic recommendation for 1 year supply for 1 person, lists with it, and thoughts of expanding that list.
In the Southern Utah Garden: what to plant, keeping weeds down, staking tomatoes, curly top prevention, tomato worms, spraying fruit trees, thinning fruit picking veggies, mowing lawns.
June Canning: Recipes for Dandelion Jelly, Apricot Jam, Apricot Fruit Leather, and other Apricot ideas.
Provident Living: Depression Era Lessons. Ideas to include in our daily lives that will help us in our preparedness. All things our grandparents did during the depression.
Supplemental Foods: A list with amounts per person to store to supplemment our basic and expanded storage.

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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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