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Disaster Proofing Your Home

Posted by Elise on March 31, 2014

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The federal government declared 86 major natural disasters in the first nine months of 2011, more than in any full year in the past. Ten of those disasters topped $1 billion in damage, and at least three—Hurricane Irene along the Atlantic coast up to Vermont…the Virginia-based earthquake…and wildfires as far north as Minnesota—remind us that disasters can strike homes that are not built to withstand them. There’s no way to make a house completely disaster-proof, but there are home-improvement projects that can significantly limit damage and/or improve the odds that a home will survive. Not all of these projects make financial sense for every home owner, but many provide considerable protection at a reasonable price.

Helpful: Insurers sometimes offer discounts to home owners who invest in home-protection upgrades. Read the rest of this entry »


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Emergency Planning for Vacation

Posted by Elise on June 26, 2013

Its summertime! Kids are out of school, parents and adults are taking advantage of the warm weather and planning vacations locally and outside of their area.  Some people live in areas where there is minimal risk of weather causing a major affect on the planning and excitement of the vacation, so when they move to other parts of the country or outside of the U.S., preparedness needs to be considered.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Preparation for a Power Outage

Posted by Elise on November 20, 2012

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Power Outage Prep…Beyond the Obvious

My family and I are still counting our blessings after Hurricane Sandy wreaked her havoc in our region. We only lost power for three days, and had no real damage to our home; just a few random shingles off the roof.  Needless to say, millions of others were not so lucky.

We had ample warning about the storm and, like most others in the region, made many preparations in case of a power outage. Of course there were the obvious steps we all know about, like loading up on batteries for flashlights and radios…stocking up on nonperishable food, water and firewood…filling bathtubs with water…filling our gas tanks …stowing outdoor items.

To help you prepare next time, here are some beyond-the-obvious tips, gathered from my wide network of friends, coworkers and expert contributors. And please post your own additions below! Read the rest of this entry »

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Natural Disasters—We Don’t Have to Be Afraid

Posted by Elise on August 31, 2012

As we seek Heavenly Father’s guidance, the Holy Ghost will help us prepare for, endure, and recover from natural disasters.

The last days will be marked by many calamities and the rise of evil in the world. Against these threats the Lord and His prophets have given us counsel on how to be righteous and avoid spiritual pitfalls and evil. However, calamities—such as tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis—seem to strike randomly and devastate the just as well as the unjust. These calamities terrify many of us. But I have learned that we don’t have to be afraid of disasters. When we are grounded in the gospel and when we are prepared, we can weather any storm.

Before the Storm: Make Preparation a Family Priority

In September 2005, I was an Area Seventy serving in the North America Southwest Area, which included parts of the United States such as Houston, Texas. We learned that Hurricane Rita—the most intense cyclone in recorded history that had ever been observed in the Gulf of Mexico—was headed straight for us. Read the rest of this entry »

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Solar Cooking

Posted by Elise on May 25, 2010

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Solar cooking does not cost anything because you are using sunlight.  You can cook anything that you can cook on the stove, or in a conventional oven.  It is like slow or crock pot cooking.  It is great for emergency preparedness because you do not use electricity, propane, or fossil fuels.  Solar cooking works by converting sunlight into heat energy that is retained for cooking.  Plus you can pasteurize water for drinking.  (Pasteurization kills all harmful water-borne pathogens: bacteria, viruses, cysts, and spores.  It does not eliminate chemical toxins or non-biological impurities.)

You can buy a solar oven.   If this is not possible, make your own from inexpensive materials.  First pick a design that meets your needs.  There are three basic types:  Heat-Trap Box cookers, curved concentrator cookers (parabolic) and panel cookers.

For solar cooking information, instructions on making a solar cooker, or for recipes visit the following:


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Emergency Sanitation

Posted by Elise on November 20, 2009

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Dave & Peggy Balmforth

Shelley Idaho South Stake

October, 2009

One of the most important aspects of sanitation is waste, which is the predominant cause of disease after an emergency.  The three most important things to do are: Read the rest of this entry »

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Family Emergency Plan

Posted by Elise on October 21, 2009



Practice Makes Perfect

How will your family react when a flood, fire, earthquake, act of terrorism, or another emergency occurs? How well does your plan identify everyone’s roles and responsibilities?

One way to find out how well your plans and procedures are going to work is Read the rest of this entry »

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