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.)

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September 2017 Back to Basics Newsletter

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September is the month where we begin to say “fall is in the air”. The changing seasons are very sensory! Fall brings the smell of apples ripening, fresh cut hay, and soon to be wood smoke in the early mornings. The taste of apples, pears and melons delight those of all ages.  Even the fall light changes as it casts a golden glow on the world around us. September is when Friday night lights find us at the hometown football game, ranches begin their roundups, and sweaters come out in the evenings. September is also a great time to add to our food storage! The harvest provides fruits and vegetables to can. Case lot sales abound – and many cater to preparedness items as a part of their fare. Now is a great time to take inventory of food, water, personal & emergency supplies and see what you need to add to or just start completely new. As you add to your preparedness, you will add a “sense” of satisfaction and peace to your fall!

Included in this month's newsletter:
Mandatory Evacuation: First Hand Report: read about someone who just evacuated from Hurricane Harvey - what they took, what they forgot, and what they needed. It will help all of us to Be Prepared for our own possible evacuation!
In the Southern Utah Garden: What to plant this month for a fall/winter garden, leaving carrots and onions, and garden clean up.
Using the Garden Harvest: Tips of what to do with the fall garden produce.
Expanded Secondary Storage: a list of supplemental foods to consider adding in your food storage to enhance the quality and variety of meals.
Modern Root Cellar: a repeat section on a popular method to turn a window well into a root cellar.
The Golden Rule of Food Storage: Store what you eat and eat what you store....

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Monday, July 31, 2017

August 2017 Back to Basics newsletter

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The dog days of summer are upon us. This is that sultry part of summer when we hope for an ice cold lemonade or a sweet and juicy slice of watermelon under a large shade tree! The heat chases us back inside quickly after a morning of working in the garden, or a brisk morning walk. It is a great time of year to read a good book, “catch up” at family reunions, and get kids ready to go back to school. August is also a time of harvest, and a wonderful time to put up some luscious peaches, zucchini relish, or tomatoes. August is a great time to “Be Prepared”. Before the snow flies – we get the load of wood ready for the warm winter fires. For all to “be safely gathered in”, first comes planning, work and commitment.  In between the pages of that classic novel – let us fit in some planning and checkup for our family’s preparedness status. And then – “today while the sun shines” let us set aside that which we will need for the storm that may lie ahead, and the winter that most certainly will come.

Included in this month's newsletter: 
Where were you when the lights went out? a list of tips for heating and cooling, cooking, and providing light for times the power is out.
Disaster Prep - focus on survival, independence and comfort as you prepare for disasters. Includes twelve areas to cover.
In the Southern Utah Garden - Planting tips, weeding, watering, cover spray, bugs, and sotring seeds.
Home Canning:  recipes for tomato soup and spaghetti sauce.
Provident Living - tips to help save money.
Spiritual Preparedness - Quote from Thmas S Monson.
Parting thought:  Quote from Spencer W Kimball.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 2017 Back To Basics Provident Living Newsletter

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The hot and sultry month of July is a special month for patriotism and pioneers. This is the month we honor our founding fathers within the country and the church. Those who went before us were thrifty and self-reliant in all things. They had to be – there was not a corner market to run to if the crops failed. They set a great example of provident living. This month as we celebrate the past – let us also emulate the example set before us by being a little more prepared, self-reliant, and anxiously engaged in provident living. If our forefathers could be self-reliant with all the limits that their day held – how much more self-reliant can we be with the world of “new and improved” we live in today! Remember – If ye are prepared ye shall not fear! May we never fear and may we always be prepared.

Included in this newsletter:
Disaster Prep: What level are you? Five levels from "Every emergency is a disaster," to "Can survive indefinitely from home!"
Summertime Provident Living Hints - hints to save and enjoy summer foods.
Variety in the Basics: we often think of the "basics" as wheat, powdered milk, etc... but there is a large variety we can store under those headings!
In the Southern Utah Garden: what to plant, hints for picking produce and keeping things watered, how to find tomato worms and help the curly top on tomatoes, and incentive to garden (be smarter and have good mental health!)
Cooking with Food Storage: Using Garden Produce-  recipe for Fruit Leather, Zucchini Bread, Baked and Fried Zucchini Rounds.
Spiritual Preparedness: thought on preparing today for what comes tomorrow.
The What if Game: Winners are Self-Reliant: a list of questions to ask yourself for your family's preparedness status.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 2017 Back to Basics

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It was once said that “Spring being a tough act to follow, God created June.”  June is the month summer gets into full swing, all the scout and girls camps roll around, the fishing is good, and the summer evenings invite us to lounge on the lawn at day’s end. June gives us long days that let us get the work all done, and still have some time to play. June is the month the garden and yard look the best and the heat has not hit in full force, but the days are warm enough for a refreshing dip in the river, lake, or pool.  It is also a month that can inspire us to make our preparedness as wonderful as the month is. Growing gardens and orchards offer produce to preserve. Longer days provide time to work on that 72 hour kit or shelves for the store room. Going camping lets us test our disaster evacuation skills. The lounging gives time to ponder, plan, and then act on the family preparedness needs we may have. Let’s make June as wonderful in preparedness as God made it for us to enjoy. 

Included in this newsletter:

Disaster Preparation: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." Ideas to prepare for disasters in and out of our homes.
Live Storage: Summer is a great time to establish live storage! Tips for raising chickens for eggs and meat.
In the Southern Utah Garden: June tips, specifically planting watermelon and corn.
Bottling Summer! June is a great month for putting up Grandma Ballard's Pickled Beets and Zucchini Pickle Relish.
Cooking with Food Storage: Recipes for Old Fashioned Rice Pudding, and Leftover Rice Breakfast.
Summertime Preparedness Practice: a list of things to do this summer with the family to practice preparedness.
Spiritual Preparedness: We have been warned! Quote from James E Talmage on warnings from the Lord.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

May 2017

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The Merry Month of May is upon us! This is a wonderful time of year. The gardens are growing, the flowers have bloomed, and the weather is pleasant! It is a time to look forward to the harvest as we work in the garden – and - we are still beating the war of the weeds! It is a time of hopefulness and dreams of a summer season full of fun and relaxation! And – just like all good hopes and dreams – there must be a plan. We could not plant a garden or go on a vacation without a plan. And we cannot be prepared without a plan either. Now is a great time to take stock of where we are in our preparedness – and make a plan for our summer months to add to that preparedness status. Just like the tortoise won the race with a “slow and steady” pace – we can keep adding faithfully and consistently to our storage and preparedness until we realize we are only maintaining -  and what once seemed difficult was really an easy task after all!

Included in this months newsletter:
Five Principles of Preparedness: basic principles to keep us and our family safe in times of troubles. They are a "living Insurance". 1. Practice thrift and frugality. 2. Seek to be independent. 3. Become industrious. 4. Strive towards self reliance. 5. Aspire to have a yer's supply of every needful thing.  (Includes a link for a free Preparedness Manual.)
In the Southern Utah Garden: Planting almost everything, weeds, fruit spray, flowering shrubs, feritlizer, roundup and 2-4-D, water wise.
Cooking with Food Storage: recipes for Strawberry Jam and Frozen Strawberries.
Summertime and the canning is easy:  a list of equipment to have for home canning.
Dutch Oven Cooking: Tips for cooking in a Dutch Oven for fun - or if the power is out!
Spiritual Preparedness: A quote from Henry B Eyring with 4 ways to be obedient.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

April 2017 Back to Basics Preparedness Newsletter

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The old saying – “April Showers Bring May Flowers” applies to most aspects of life. As we prepare in advance (that April Rain) we are blessed with future “flowers.” Sometimes the “showers” may be the storms of life, but they also can result in blessings! The effort we make- whether it is to water the flowers, or endure the storm - can bring rich rewards. We often look with fondness and a little nostalgia at the lives our grandparents lived. They were simpler times; life seemed easier. Why was that? Perhaps our grandparents understood the importance of “April Showers” a bit more because of their lifestyle. We can enjoy a similar kind of living.  Much of it has to do with the ability to live within your means, to be frugal, to put away for a rainy day, and to be happy with less. We are among the richest people on the face of the earth. Let us make good with what the lord has blessed us. We can use those “April Showers” to prepare and set aside for a later day when we will be able to enjoy the “May Flowers!” As we establish a working food storage, plan for emergencies, save some money, and increase our spiritual preparedness, we can have the peace that will come when those “May Flowers” bloom! Remember – “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear!”

Included in this month's newsletter:
Expanded Storage - enhance the basic storage - A list of staples, mixes, canned goods and condiment with amounts needed per family for a year.
Disaster Prep- You know the drill! - why we need drills, and a list of suggested drills and things to include in them.
In the Southern Utah Garden - seeds to plant, warning for tomatoes, poisons to spray, fertilizer.
Cooking with Food Storage - comfort foods for emergency situations. Recipes for brownies, four in one cookies, caramel corn, and tootsie rolls.
Provident Living - A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. Recipes for various cleaners and laundry products.
Provident Living - Easter Eggs Color - avoid the store bought prices by making your own Easter Egg color.
Five Principles of Economic Constancy - do these 5 things from N Eldon Tanner and your budget will do better!
Spiritual Preparedness - quote from Elder Henry B Eyring on this very important preparedness item.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017

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The glorious green month of March is here! March is when things begin to green up. March weather is un-predictable – a “lion” or a “lamb”. March is like Charles Dickens described: “Summer in the light and winter in the shade.”  March brings the first day of spring! March gardens begin to grow and lawns begin to flourish.  And in March we can “march” forward with our preparedness! It is a great time to tap into the “luck of the Irish”. Thomas Jefferson once said, “I’m a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.”  Roman Philosopher Seneca said, “Luck is what happens when preparations meets opportunity.” So as we are more prepared – the more luck we will have when facing trials that storms of the latter days will bring. Remember the 6 P’s: Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance! Let the Luck you find in March be because you have worked hard and prepared. Then whether the wind blows or the sun shines, we need not fear! We are lucky we know we should prepare, and we can be prepared to be lucky!

Included in this newsletter:
The List: a list of basic food storage broken down into amounts for male, female, children of various ages and teens.
Disaster Prep- What if.... A preparedness question list to assess your preparedness for various situations.
In the Southern Utah Garden: things to plant this month, and chores for March.
Cooking with Food Storage: recipes for Sour Dough Starter, Dads Sour Dough Biscuits, and Flour Tortillas
Gardening - a Family Affair! Getting started - why - where to start- what next - and next time.
Spiritual Preparedness: A "Year Round" harvest to sow - character traits for your garden.

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