A few years ago, I was with my family at an outdoor event in Salt Lake City. I think we had just passed some sort of preparedness booth when one of us overheard someone say, “I’m not worried about an earthquake. If anything happens, the Mormons will take care of us.”
I’m sure Latter-day Saints will do their best to help their neighbors, but I also think it best to do all we can to prepare ourselves.
Latter-day Saints have been counseled for years to store food. I believe this prophetic counsel is inspired and we have, since we were first married, stored food for our proverbial rainy day.
I am not going to explore the how of food storage in this post, or even the why, but rather what are some possible reasons you might really be happy you had stored food for your family.
I am not trying to scare anyone. I am just offering a reality check. Here goes. I promise it’s not uplifting.
- Income disruption
- Job loss
- Death of breadwinner
- Transportation and travel issues or restrictions
- Food contamination
- Famine, drought, blight, or infestation
- Economic panic, loss, or collapse
- Quarantine due to epidemic disease and pestilence
- Political unrest
- Religious persecution
- Rampant crime
- Electromagnetic pulse attack
- Martial law
- Natural disaster—earthquakes, floods, storms, solar flares, and so forth
You could probably add an item or two to the list (please do, in the comments). We could see one or more of these events happen before our eyes, in rapid succession.
What would you do? What will you do to prepare today? The next thing we plan to do is to take an inventory of what food we have and make a list of things we want to add. Soon.
Bonus: Watch how Maureen stores food in her small home.