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HERE'S HOW TO GET STARTED

1. Watch my food storage video.
2. Read the All Is Safely Gathered In: Home storage pamphlet from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
3. Print my 12 Monthly Emergency Prep Lists. They simplify the gathering so you gradually build your supplies. You can print and carry them with you while you shop. Of course you will modify them for your family, but the lists will get you started.

I hope you find something you are looking for at Prepared LDS Family. I look forward to hearing from you.

Valerie Albrechtsen
Email me at preparedldsfamily {at} gmail {dot} com

Disclaimer - Though I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am not an official church representative; all articles I've written are my own opinion. All suggestions about food storage, emergency preparedness, and items to purchase or store, are just suggestions. You are the best judge of what will work for your family. You promise to release me from all liability for any suggestions or opinion I've shared which may cause harm to you or your family. Thank you! 



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45 comments:

  1. Being better prepared for any emergency is my goal for the upcoming year. I look forward to reading this information and working on the goals.

    Thank you

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  2. Awesome web site. We finally have a home where we have room to store more and I am just starting out so this is helpful. Your link to step #1- 3 month supply goes to your #2 water post. Is that on purpose? Is there not a post about step #1. Thanks for sharing everything you do!

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    1. Hi Nicole - thanks for catching that. Should work now. :-)

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  3. I ran acrossed your site a couple of weeks ago and love it. I was raised in utah and brought up in a family where food storage was very much a part of our lives. It is a part of my natural nature to store, however I think somewhere along the way I got stuck on food and forgot the other important parts such as first aid and emergency. I had started thinking about this and researching and thus ran across your site. Your excel spreadsheet is now on my computer and the weekly and monthly plans are so helpful even for someone that has been involved in it for years..I was so excited I have passed your web site on to several others and have been told they have passed it on. Thanks for an incredible site we can all benefit from.

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  4. Just found your blog. Great Job! Lots of great info!

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  5. Thanks so much for this. I too just found your blog. I just started emergency preparedness 1 week before Hurricane Sandy and it has been overwhelming and frustrating since. Your blog is wonderful and now gave me a step by step instructions. Thank you so much.

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  6. I am the provident living specialist in my ward in Colorado and would like to use some of your information I hope that will be ok

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  7. I really appreciate all the effort you have put into this blog. I am currently working with a small RS group in a small Spanish Branch and I can't even begin to tell you how valuable your blog is to me. I look into your monthly goal and translate it into spanish to help direct the sisters and myself with our food storage. Thank you!!!!

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  8. I have had to completely redo my food storage. Everything I had was mainly from the cannery. I found out I have a disease that can't have any cross contamination. I've worked in the cannery and know cross contamination is everywhere. I can't even use the sugar because of the wheat. It has made me look at everything all over again with fresh eyes. Thanks for giving me a place to start fresh.

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  9. After experiencing an extended power outage this past summer and thinking I was prepared only to find out I wasn't, I made a vow to become better prepared. I am not LDS but have found your site very informative for anyone.

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  10. By far the best preparedness site I have found! I love how you break it down for us. Thank you for all your hard work!

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  11. This is an awesome emergency preparedness site. I was just called as a Relief Society Emergency Preparedness specialist and I have a feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of time on here. Thanks for all the work you've done to provide this information. My RS Pres has asked me to share a little tip and goal each week in RS and so I'm hitting up the Provident Living site and yours a lot!

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  12. I am so grateful for all the amazing website you have created. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, menus and organization ideas. I have been trying to wrap my brain around how to get my family better prepared, so I am very grateful to have stumbled across your website.

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  13. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you having this webpage and resource available for the public!

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  14. I am so glad I stumbled across your website. I cannot thank you enough for posting all this great information on your website. My husband and I have been married for over 25 years now and I have never fully started saving our year supply. Sure, I have tried, but I have never finished. We either move or end up using everything I have set aside and then I never start again. I have lots to do and your website has reminded me that this does not have to be overwhelming and that I just need to start. Thanks again for all you do. I really appreciate your hard work. You have inspired me!!!

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  15. First, I just wanted to say that I love your website and all the work you put into encouraging others to live providently.

    Secondly, I'm the second counselor in the RS Presidency and the additional meeting coordinator here in Bowing Green, KY. This coming year, I'm wanting to do a big ward push for provident living. Is there any way you would allow me to print out your monthly shopping sheets (as-is, of course! I want them to come to your site) for distribution in our RS binder?

    Thank you so much for all you do! I've been a fan for a couple of years now. :)

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    1. Hi Chantal, Yes you can use those worksheets for your ward. Thanks for asking. :-)

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  16. Last year I had to take over the budgeting, planning, and overall everything for my aging parents. I found your site when I was searching for a method accumulating necessary supplies and food for back up as we are prone to ice storms and power outages. Your blog has been the back bone of our system. Making food substitutions due to dietary needs and allergies is easy and the forms that you provide make inventory and preparedness easy. Although we are not of the same faith, I share in your desire and accountability to take care of oneself and then be able to care for others as need be. We are now including aunts and uncles and friends in our discussions. Thanks for providing these resources for everyone and making a better today AND tomorrow possible.

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  17. Thank you for sharing. This blog is so aweome!!

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  18. I will refer to this blog alot and I will share with all the sisters in my ward. Thank You!

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  19. Almost a year and a half ago, I began feeling a strong urge to begin preparing...but I didn't know what I was preparing for. By luck, I found your blog and your website and started the journey. It began with just buying a few extra items each week at the grocery store. Recently, my husband of 17 years left me and my children. It was devastating to say the least. But during those first months of being on our own, my children and I were able to make it almost entirely on those preparations I had been urged to make. I am so thankful that I listened to that urging and found you too. The ability to provide for my children has encouraged me to continue with those preparations little by little. Thank you for all the work and time you have put into this.

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    1. Wow, Julie. You are a great example to me. I'm so glad you were blessed for your diligence. Best wishes to you and your children.

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  20. I just came across your blog today and just wanted to tell you THANK YOU! It's exactly the kind of help I've been searching for. A few weeks ago my husband woke up one morning and said he felt like we really need to get more food storage built up. This morning my mother text me and said she felt prompted to tell me to get more food storage... it completely overwhelms me when I think I've got to get it all, so you're blog has been very helpful. Thanks for being willing to share your knowledge. :) I have some more tabs open now to go read more of your posts, but my biggest goal right now is to build up a three-month supply as fast as I possibly can so maybe I'll get to more of your tips for that here in a minute. Thanks again! -another Utah mom, of three young ones. :)

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    1. I just found this website and was just reading your comment. It is so strange. I am in Australia and for a week I have had so many promptings to start food storage! I wonder if this is happening all over the world!? I am starting anyhow so good luck to you! x

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    2. I'm in Australia as well, and have been feeling the urge more of late. We have moved into a home with underneath storage, and are setting it up at the moment.

      I look forward to working through the ideas on this site, whilst adapting for our local conditions.

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    3. I'm so glad you've decided to work on your preparedness, Linda. Keep up the great work for your family.

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  21. Can I just say that have just started reading your blog like 2 days ago and can't put it down. I noticed before you put the January 2nd (this post) post that last years post were available. Are you going to put the prices in it for the different stores caselot sales again?

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    1. Hi Debbie, I won't be doing that for Smith's, but I'll share what I buy at some other stores.

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  22. This is so incredible!! We live in Michigan and my husband and I have had an " urgency push" since last fall. My mom always taught me to have food stored (she went thru the depression). I am now doing long-term storage, building on the base I've always maintained ( and kept rotated). Your plan is awesome! Thanks! (What's up with so many of us from all over getting this "push" ? God is speaking.. Are we listening?)

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  23. just found your site and I love it. I am a beginning prepper and this site has helped me alot. you lists make it easy to figure out what we need and a good schedule to get it. my son has gotten on board with helping me and we are trying to make it fun ontop of needed. hope you keep going. maybe add some on home made foods for storage and some storage projects.

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  24. Thank you so much for the work that you put into your site. I have been working on building a supply, but have floundered for a while. I found our site and now it has given me the focus and direction to build my three month supply in an orderly manner. I love the checklists and spreadsheets that help make every thing clear. So excited to grow my supply now!

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  25. THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!
    I am SO excited to have found your site!
    Thank you for making this so easy and so do-able! :)

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  26. THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!
    I am SO excited to have found your site!
    Thank you for making this so easy and so do-able! :)

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  27. I think I may have missed a page on that first 3-Month Food Storage List I saw and once I scrolled all the way through this one there were quite a few things I needed to add. It also just dawned on me that I didn't really see any spices or seasonings on this list so I'll need to add the few I do use. Is there some reason you didn't list them?

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    1. Spices are listed on page 2. Try this page http://preparedldsfamily.blogspot.com/2013/01/create-3-month-food-storage-supply-plan.html

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  28. Thank you for all your hard work! I have continued to come back to you site over the last couple years. Your site makes me feel that I can tackle some of the things that have been overwhelming to me in the past!

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  29. Thanks for all your hard work and effort you've put into this blog! I've been working on Food Storage and love to get more in depth with everyone's options.

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  30. Where can I buy dried eggs ?Thanks Anne

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    1. Online. Google dried eggs food storage. Or try Augason Farms.

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  31. I have gotten food storage from some who is moving. I opened a #10 can of quick oats and they have that metalic taste. Is that something that will be bad to ingest? I made a small bowl of cooked oats and tried it - not bad but left a metalic taste in my mouth. I have read about airing grains and foods to lessen that flavor but I just didn't know about eating it.

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  32. I would like to know who makes the Berry Drink Mix for the Bishop Warehouses. I had some at my daughters house and would like to purchase something that is like this drink mix at the store. Thank you for your help.

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    1. I'm not sure who makes it, but you can buy at any LDS Home Storage Center near you. Just Google it.

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  33. We have started our emergency preparedness kits, which we are locating in our basement storeroom. I have been using the food menus and purchasing for quite some time. But discovered how precarious our lives would be if we did not go into emergency preparedness. We now have our binder set up and are getting all of the supplies ready. If disaster strikes, we will be ready!

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  34. Thank you so much for your work on this. Your weekly and monthly planners make this very doable and I really appreciate your help in trying to follow the prophet's counsel.

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  35. I started storing food for my family's food storage this week, and it feels daunting. Thank you for your blog! I think I can do it!!

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