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March is Emergency Preparedness Month


LDS Theme: Emergency Preparedness

How much can you do without electricity? Or running water? We have long been encouraged to have emergency supplies in place so that in the event of a catastrophic emergency like an earthquake or blizzard we are able to care for ourselves and then our neighbors until we are able to clean everything up and move on with our lives.

So here is our stewardship challenge for the month of March: live with your emergency supplies and food storage. For some of us, that will mean checking expiration dates on dusty cans.

Cook, read, entertain, play without power. Evaluate your supplies, fuels, etc. Discuss your family strategy for one of your family home evening activities this month.

And here’s the real challenge: Try to go one weekend using only your emergency supplies and food storage. Evaluate afterward: What did you miss? What do you need more of? What was unnecessary? How would your needs be different if you needed to live off of your food storage for a week or a month? How would they be different if you have no running water, electricity or natural gas? What will you do to be more prepared?

This challenge goes along perfectly with the Earth Hour Observation that will happen on March 23rd. At 8:30 on the 23rd, everyone is encouraged to power everything down. Turn off the lights, the electronic devices. In the past, the Church has even turned down the lights in Temple Square for Earth Hour.

Activity: Saturday March 23rd Presentation and Earth Hour Celebration

LDS ES Group Activity: For those of you on the Wasatch front, there will be an LDS ES activity at George Handley’s home in Provo. Jason Brown will give an energy diet presentation before earth hour starts at 8:30. More details, including starting time and directions will be forthcoming, but go ahead and mark your calendars now.

For those of you who cannot come to the activity, Set up a party in your own location; your home, backyard, or neighborhood park. Get together with friends and neighbors and turn off all lights and electricity. Ideas for this party include: gathering around a fire pit (provided you live in an area that is not currently under a wood burning ban) and telling stories, doing a flashlight puppet show inside with a sheet and cardboard cutouts, stargazing party expedition away from city lights, or just talking with each other by candlelight. And if you can, live acoustic music is always a good idea.