FAMILY HOME STORAGE QUIZ
(How much do you know about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' NEW (2007) program for home storage?)
1. What are the four basic principles of family home storage?
a - Three-Month Supply: Build a small supply of food that is part of your normal, daily diet. One way to do this is to purchase a few extra items each week to build a one-week supply of food. Then you can gradually increase your supply until it is sufficient for three months. These items should be rotated regularly to avoid spoilage.
b - Drinking Water: Store drinking water for circumstances in which the water supply may be polluted or disrupted. If water comes directly from a good, pretreated source then no additional purification is needed; otherwise, pretreat water before use. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. Consider using plastic bottles commonly used for juices and soda. Keep water containers away from heat sources and direct sunlight.
c - Financial Reserve: Establish a financial reserve by saving a little money each week and gradually increasing it to a reasonable amount (see All Is Safely Gathered In: Family Finances guide).
d - Longer-Term Supply: For longer-term needs, and where permitted, gradually build a supply of food that will last a long time and that you can use to stay alive, such as wheat, white rice, and beans. These items can last 30 years or more when properly packaged and stored in a cool, dry place. A portion of these items may be rotated in your three-month supply.
2. List several foods that your family normally eats for breakfast.
3. List several foods that your family normally eats for lunch.
4. List several foods that your family normally eats for dinner.
Answers to these three questions will vary. These are items that your family normally eats and can easily be used to create simple menus for a three month supply. Purchase enough of the components of these menus to last three months.
5. How much water should you store?
There is no longer a specific amount recommended. You decide this for your family.
6. How much money should you save?
A specific amount is not suggested. When this new program was introduced in General Conference, Bishop Keith B. McMullin said, “Save some money, if only a few coins each week. This modest approach will soon enable (you) to have several months’ reserve.”
7. What kind of equipment will you need for the first three basic principles of home storage?
None. Your three-month supply is based on food that your family normally eats and rotates. Consequently, these products can be stored in their original containers. Drinking water can be stored in cleaned-out PETE bottles (recycling code 1) such as soda-bottles or juice-bottles (I'm assuming you have access to these bottles without having to purchase them). If your water is normally chlorinated, you do not need to treat the water.
8. List two kinds of food that are recommended for your longer-term storage?
1) Grains (such as white rice and wheat) and 2) beans -- as well as other staples. All of these items are available at home storage centers.
9. List two reasons why these food items are recommended for longer-term storage.
1) They store well for long periods of time (in some cases up to 30 years). 2) They will keep you alive.
10. How many total months' worth of "longer-term" supply is recommended?
There is no longer a specific amount recommended. You decide this for your family. The term "one-year supply" is no longer used.
11. When should you begin working on your longer-term supply?
"Once families have achieved the first three objectives, they are counseled to expand their efforts, as circumstances allow, into a supply of long-term basic foods such as grains, legumes, and other staples."
How did you do? Thanks to Wade and Vickie for being brave enough to post their answers.