Saturday, March 14, 2015

EIGHT TIPS FOR ORGANIZING YOUR FOOD STORAGE: MY PRESENATION AT THE WHOLE PERSON PREPAREDNESS EXPO


Today I spoke at the Whole Person Preparedness Conference. Here is my presentation "Eight Tips for Organizing Your Food Storage." 



Here are quick links to the the eight tips we covered at the conference. 
  1. Overcoming excuses with the word of God.
  2. Create a simple meal plan to build and rotate your year supply. 
  3. Finding more storage space in your home. 
  4. Finding more money for food storage and preparedness gear. 
  5. A master inventory of what you have, what you need/want, and where it is stored. 
  6. Prioritizing where to start, and what to do next. 
  7. Seven Ideas to organize your food storage. 
  8. Why I believe spiritual preparedness matters most. 


1.Overcoming excuses with the word of God.
        What excuses have you heard for not getting prepared? 
        We started with a summarized parable of Gomer who used many of the same  excuses we hear today. 


      Click here to see five common excuses and quotes from prophets to help us overcome those excuses. 

2.Create a simple meal plan to build and rotate your year supply.

     Click here for: 
     Becky's meal plan
     Becky's food storage recipes
     Becky's master preparedness checklist, inventory, and wish list adapted from FoodStorageMadeEasy.net.       

Here's a peek at my meal plan. 
Peek at the rough draft of my food storage recipes. 


     Peek at the super cool food storage spreadsheet on FoodStorageMadeEasy.net. I share it with permission.


3.Finding more storage space in your home.
        In a perfect world we would all have several large, dark, cool, dry storage rooms with wall-to-wall shelving.  



     Click here to see ideas to find more space for your food storage and preparedness items. 



4.Finding more money for food storage and preparedness gear.

       Do you own a cell phone?  Is it a phone with internet? Does your family own several internet phones?  Do you have an ipad, tablet, or large flat-screen TV. Do you subscribe to cable, satellite, or dish TV?  After answering those questions, we can see that preparedness is a lot about priorities, isn't it? 



     Click here to see 14 ideas to find more money for food storage and preparedness items. 




5.Organizing an inventory of what you have, what you need, and where it is stored.
        Adapting the awesome spreadsheet from tip number two from the bloggers at FoodStorageMadeEasy.net I have created a master preparedness inventory with nine separate charts all in one document.
1. Food & meal plan
2. Non-foods
3. Prep gear
4. 72-hour kits & car kits
5. First aid & natural healing
6. Clothes
7. Books & binders
8. To do list & skills to learn
9. Shopping list
Here is a peek of my meal plan and food inventory. 


Here you can see a peek of my prep gear inventory and wish list. 


     Click here to get your own copy of my adapted spreadsheet that includes all nine charts listed above. 

6.Prioritizing where to start, and what to do next.



Click here to see God's priorities for preparedness. 


7.Seven ideas to organize your food storage.



      Click here to see seven ideas to organize your food storage, with lotsa pictures! 


8.Why I believe spiritual preparedness matters most. 

"A 72-hour kit of temporal supplies may prove valuable for earthly challenges..."

"But...a 24-hour kit of spiritual preparation is of greater and more enduring value." -- Elder Oaks, from the quote below. 
     Click here to see why I believe spiritual preparedness is the most important preparedness.




2 comments:

Carnan said...

This is amazing - Thank you so much for sharing! I'm assuming your meal plan is what you'd use if you were strictly using food storage. How do you plan to work these meals into your regular meal planning to keep your food storage rotated?

Becky Edwards said...

Carnan, That's a great question! Most of these food storage meals are our family's favorite meals that we eat all the time anyway. The difference is instead of using fresh vegetables like carrots, celery, and potatoes, I would replace that with dehydrated or freeze-dried vegetables. Instead of fresh or frozen meat I would use canned or bottled or freeze-dried meat. Instead of fresh cheese I would use freeze-dried or powdered cheese.