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Archive for October, 2008

If Ye Are Prepared, Ye Shall Not Fear

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 26, 2008

I know this phrase is very often used (overused?) but I liked this article from President Hinckley in Oct 2005 Priesthood Session of General Conference. This was just after the devastation in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina.

I have included an excerpt most applicable to this group but the entire article is a great reminder of our role as brothers and sisters on earth to prepare to follow “the pattern of the Nephites as recorded in the book of Alma: “They did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need” (Alma 1:30).

If Ye Are Prepared Ye Shall Not Fear

President Gordon B. Hinckley

We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for His protection and guidance. … We cannot expect His help if we are unwilling to keep His commandments.

Someone has said it was not raining when Noah built the ark. But he built it, and the rains came.

The Lord has said, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30).

The primary preparation is also set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants, wherein it says, “Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come” (D&C 87:8).

We sing the song:

When the earth begins to tremble,
Bid our fearful thoughts be still;
When thy judgments spread destruction,
Keep us safe on Zion’s hill.
(“Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” Hymns, no. 83)

We can so live that we can call upon the Lord for His protection and guidance. This is a first priority. We cannot expect His help if we are unwilling to keep His commandments. We in this Church have evidence enough of the penalties of disobedience in the examples of both the Jaredite and the Nephite nations. Each went from glory to utter destruction because of wickedness.

We know, of course, that the rain falls on the just as well as the unjust (see Matt. 5:45). But even though the just die they are not lost, but are saved through the Atonement of the Redeemer. Paul wrote to the Romans, “For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord” (Rom. 14:8).

We can heed warnings. We have been told that many had been given concerning the vulnerability of New Orleans. We are told by seismologists that the Salt Lake Valley is a potential earthquake zone. This is the primary reason that we are extensively renovating the Tabernacle on Temple Square. This historic and remarkable building must be made to withstand the shaking of the earth.

We have built grain storage and storehouses and stocked them with the necessities of life in the event of a disaster. But the best storehouse is the family storeroom. In words of revelation the Lord has said, “Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing” (D&C 109:8).

Our people for three-quarters of a century have been counseled and encouraged to make such preparation as will assure survival should a calamity come.

We can set aside some water, basic food, medicine, and clothing to keep us warm. We ought to have a little money laid aside in case of a rainy day.

Now what I have said should not occasion a run on the grocery store or anything of that kind. I am saying nothing that has not been said for a very long time.

Let us never lose sight of the dream of Pharaoh concerning the fat cattle and the lean, the full ears of corn, and the blasted ears; the meaning of which was interpreted by Joseph to indicate years of plenty and years of scarcity (see Gen. 41:1–36).

I have faith, my dear brethren, that the Lord will bless us, and watch over us, and assist us if we walk in obedience to His light, His gospel, and His commandments. He is our Father and our God, and we are His children, and we must be in every way deserving of His love and concern. That we may do so is my humble prayer, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


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Shelter In Place Kit

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 23, 2008

We will be working to help you create shelter in place kits including the plastic sheeting and duct tape.

To participate, you will need to decide upon a sheltering place in your home and record the measurements of all doors, windows, vents and other openings in that room, as mentioned in the previous post. Bring those measurements to the Wheat Watchers November meeting where we will cut sheeting to size and label for your home kit. Remember to add 6 inches around for taping allowance.

Pricing will vary as need of plastic sheeting will vary per home.

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Shelter In Place

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 23, 2008

Sheltering in place is meant to give you and your family a safe place to stay indoors for a few hours in the event of a chemical, biological or other airborne hazard that will enter your general airspace. The first thing to think about is where your shelter room will be. You need to choose a room in your home that:
1. Has few windows, doors or other openings to seal from outside air.
2. Is large enough for all family members to turn a circle, with arms extended in a “T”, without entering another’s space. This ensures enough available oxygen while sheltering.

Then –

From Tooele County, Utah
Be prepared for an emergency such as a chemical agent incident or hazardous materials accident near your home. Make your Shelter-in-Place Kit now so that you can seal your shelter immediately if your local officials instruct you to shelter-in-place. (In our area, we could have only 20-30 minutes to seal our shelter. Less should there be such an accident on the nearby interstate.)

The basics: Store them in your shelter room.

  • A large bucket (and another container if needed) with lid [or under bed box] to hold your supplies
  • Pre-cut and labeled [heavy duty, clear] plastic sheeting to cover doors, windows, vents and inset cabinets, mirrors, electrical outlets and switches, etc. (Make sure you cut the plastic at least six inches larger than openings so you can tape it to the wall or floor.)
  • Duct tape (a couple of rolls) to cover smaller openings and cracks that can’t be covered with plastic sheeting and to tape plastic sheeting to walls, ceiling, floor and doors
  • Extra plastic sheeting in case the pre-cut sheeting tears or you need more
  • Scissors to cut the tape and sheeting
  • A radio with extra batteries
  • Bottled water (at least one gallon per person)
  • Toilet tissue (The bucket can be used as a toilet.) OR use your Luggable Loo!
  • A large plastic bag for any contaminated clothing (Seal it with the duct tape.)
  • A bath towel. Wet with water and place under door BEFORE sealing with plastic.

The last-minute additions: Make a list of these items and put it in a prominent place so you can find it and the items quickly on your way to your shelter room.

  • A cordless or cellular phone, if you have one
  • Any special health and safety items you can’t store in advance but would need if you have to stay in your shelter for several hours, such as medications and eye glasses
  • Pets

Items you may need or want (depending on who will be in your shelter): Put any of these or other items you feel you’ll need or want with the basics in your shelter room now. Don’t delay taking shelter to search for them. Remember, you won’t be asked to Shelter-in-Place for more than a few hours.

• Baby supplies (diapers, formula, etc.)
• Pet supplies
• Pillows, blankets
• Toys, books, magazines, puzzles, etc.
• Snacks with a long shelf life.
• Change of clothing for each person in your shelter

Ready, Set, Act:
Be Ready. Have your Shelter-in-Place Kit Set in your shelter room. Act immediately if instructed to shelter-in-place.

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Burn Free

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 23, 2008

In celebration of fire safety month I have available bottles of BURN FREE. This is a great item to have in your family first aid kit as well as emergency kits.

It will cool, soothe and moisten the burn as it relieves pain. It’s also completely non-adhesive, nontoxic, and won’t irritate skin. BurnFree carries trace amounts of a natural extract called Melaleuca Alternafolia, or Tea Tree Oil. This extract is considered in many countries to have natural anti-germicidal features, which help to prevent infection and promote healing.

Dissipates heat on contact; Cools the burn site, relieves pain, calms the burn victim, help stop the burn progression; Covers the burn, helps to prevent contamination, begins the healing process; Does not evaporate, cools through transference of the heat into the gel system; Portable, easy to use, completely water soluble; Meets ANSI standard for water- based burn treatment; BurnFree contains no drugs

I have used this on minor kitchen burns and sunburns in my family for many years – I love this stuff!

I have 21 bottles available @ $3 each. First come, first served. You may call or e-mail me or I will have them at church Sunday, come find me in the Nursery 🙂

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Meeting Tonight!

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 21, 2008

7:00 pm.
Room next to Bishop’s office
Please come if you can!

If you didn’t get to assemble your 72 hr basics kit or portable toilet kit at Super Saturday-come tonight! We will have all the supplies available to “fill your bucket.”

We will also learn about how to prepare for a pandemic flu outbreak. The information is based upon the counsel given on the providentliving.org web site.

Learn what sheltering-in place means and how and what you need to do it.

After our discussions, we will decide what items we may want to include in a pandemic and shelter in place kit. Guess what? THAT’s our November project-building the kits!

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Jeffery R. Holland

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 19, 2008

Elder Holland again discusses the recent worldly woes happening all around us. He expressed a different tone in comparison to the 2004 fireside previously posted.

The transcripts are not yet available. Please enjoy listening or watching the broadcasted talk originally given September 7 2008.

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October Meeting

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 14, 2008

Please come if you can!
Tuesday, October 21
7:00 pm

We will have the materials available for you to assemble your 72 hour basics and portable toilet kits if you missed Super Saturday.

We will learn about how to prepare for a pandemic flu outbreak. We have been told by Prophets and apostles to expect and prepare for a pandemic avian flu outbreak. I have heard the phrase “Not if, but when pandemic illness comes” over the pulpit a few times. Of course, NOW is the time to prepare. A ward member attended the pandemic seminar given in Spanish Fork in August and will be here to share her knowledge gained in that meeting. The information is based upon the counsel given on the providentliving.org web site.

Did you know we live 20-30 minutes downwind from ? Both these facilities use highly toxic chemicals that if leaked into the air would force much of our area into their homes to “shelter in place.” Learn what this entails and how to do it.

After our discussions, we will decide what items we may want to include in a pandemic and shelter in place kit. Guess what? THAT’s our November project-building the kits!

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FIRE Safety Month

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 14, 2008

A friend and neighbor some of you may know attended a fire safety presentation last week shared this information on her blog. I asked permission to share it here too. These are all good reminders to keep ourselves and our family safe in a fire. Thanks L for letting me post this again.

Top 6 Rooms/Areas Fires Start
1. Kitchen
2. Laundry Room/Furnace Room
3. Bedroom
4. Family Room
5. Garage
6. Attic

Things You Need to do Every 6 Months
1. Change the batteries & test smoke alarms
2. Clean Behind your Refrigerator,
3. Clean the dryer hose
4. Shake up your Fire Extinguisher (that red thing)
5. Practice Fire Drills

Misconceptions about House Fires
1. A fire is not going to happen to me. (Fact: In your lifetime you will encounter an average of 3 fires at home)
2. There is plenty of time to escape. (Fact: You have about a 1-5 minute time frame. 5 if you are lucky)
3. Only large fires kill. (Fact: the small fires are just as deadly)
4. My smoke alarm will always sound in time. (Fact: 55.8% of smoke alarms fail to work in the event of an actual fire.)
Yep, you read that right 55.8% of smoke alarms fail to work in the event of an actual fire. When he said that everyone there freaked. That is a scarily high number.
Did you know that 4 1/2 Million homes are destroyed in the USA every year because of house fires?
You should have a minimum of 1 working, up kept in your home all the time.
Most home fires occur between midnight and 6 am.
The first danger in a house fire is the lack of oxygen.
One of the things they kept stressing is doing a with your family. They suggest 2 times a year, but the more often you practice, the more likely your family will escape unharmed. And, using the excuse that you have little children is just that, an excuse. Your babies are never too young to know the importance of a fire drill, and if you practice, they will get it too. Along with that, they explained to do as you say…meaning, don’t say this isn’t a real fire….but act like there really is a fire. And, especially if your kids spend the night at Grandpa and Grandmas house…encourage your parents to have a fire escape plan as well.
They told a story about a woman who attended a presentation in Nov of 2004, and 6 days later her 6 year old daughter was killed when their home caught fire. That really hit home. We don’t know when things are going to happen. Tonight, next week, in ten years. But, if we prepare ourselves (as our prophet has been encouraging us to do) then instead of loosing what is most important to us we might just loose our house or maybe our big screen TV.
Make a fire escape plan.
Practice with your whole family…drill it into their heads.
Protect your family by making sure your smoke alarms are up to date and working properly….and just hope yours isn’t one of the 55.8% that fail.

This is a video shown at the Fire Suppression CERT classes. Watch the time carefully.

Here’s another one that shows flashover happening.

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The Wedding Feast

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 12, 2008

I will post excerpts as pertaining to this blog. I heartily encourage you to read the entire article or watch the video stream from lds.org.

Elder Jeffery R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
CES fireside September 12, 2004

The Wedding Feast
When will all of this finish? When shall Christ appear publicly, triumphantly, and the Millennium begin? I have already told you that I don’t know. What I do know is that the initial moments of that event began 184 years ago. I do know that as a result of that First Vision and what has followed it, we live in a time of unprecedented blessings—blessings given to us for the purpose of living faithfully and purely so when the Bridegroom finally and triumphantly arrives, He can personally, justifiably bid us to the wedding feast.Is there a happy future for you and your posterity in these latter days? Absolutely! Most assuredly you have a beautiful future. All wedding feasts are happy occasions. Will there be difficult times when those ominous latter-day warnings and prophecies are fulfilled? Of course there will. There always have been. Be prepared. Will those who have built upon the great rock of Christ withstand such winds, such hail, and the mighty shafts in the whirlwind? You know that they will. You have it on good word. You have it on His word! That “rock upon which ye are built . . . is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men [and women] build they cannot fall” (see Helaman 5:12).

My beloved young brothers and sisters, I leave you my love and my testimony that God not only lives, He loves us. He loves you. Everything He does is for our good and our protection. There is evil and sorrow in the world, but there is no evil or harm in Him. He is our Father—a perfect father—and He will shelter us from the storm.

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Ready Kids!

Posted by imawheatwatcher on October 7, 2008

No one wants to instill fear in their child, so it may be easier to avoid the conversation with them of what to do in an emergency. Usually though, talking with them and teaching them what to do in case of an emergency will actually have the opposite effect. Knowledge is power (Thanks Schoolhouse Rock!) and children will feel confident with their abilities to handle an emergency situation, be it an auto accident, fire, or natural disaster. We also need to remember to teach them to have faith in themselves and include prayer and listening to the spirit when dealing with an emergency.

There are two great resources to help parents talk with and act with their children to Get Ready:

PRE-SCHOOL – Ready.gov and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to provide GET READY TOGETHER activity kits directed at parents and children ages 3-5. First, Parents should read through the magazine to get tips on everyday things we can do to prepare our kids anywhere, anytime. Then, read and do activites with your child in the activity book. There is a story about Grover and Elmo working with Grover’s mom to be ready for an emergency. There are songs and activities to help your child have fun while learning important information. You may also want to print a short 1-page summary to review often, post on the fridge or pack in an emergency kit.

GRADE SCHOOL – ReadyKIDS is an online program from ready.gov directed at kids 6+ years old. It is set up like an adventure, and helps you get your kids involved in a fun way. Kids themselves navigate through 4 easy steps to learn how they can get their family prepared and allow them to “graduate”. Step 1 – Create a Kit, Step 2 – Make a Plan. Step 3 – Know the Facts. Step 4 – Graduate from Readiness U! In addition, there is a “fun and games” link your children will enjoy. There are also fun facts on natural disasters. Like did you know ” “Tornado” was a 14th-century sailor’s word for a voilent, wind thunderstorm. It may come from the Spanish word tronada, meaning “thunderstorm” ” (from Ready.gov).

Check them out and empower your kids as your family GETS READY!

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