Tuesday, March 15, 2016


If you missed our emergency kits class on Saturday, you missed out! Our resident military expert, Steve Schmid, taught us about packing the perfect kit. Steve said that in the military he had to pre-plan his missions in order to be effective. If we want our emergency kits to be effective, we need to know what kind of emergency we're planning for, and pack accordingly.

Steve mentioned 6 important factors to take into consideration when planning your emergency kit.

  1. KNOW YOUR MISSION: In most cases, an emergency kit would be used to help sustain life for you and your family in case of emergency, until local help can arrive (which could be just a few days or up to a few weeks)
  2. KNOW WHAT CONDITIONS WILL YOU BE DEALING WITH: Will you be camping in the mountains, a desert, evacuating to a park or stake center parking lot? Where will you be?
  3. KNOW HOW MUCH CAN YOU CARRY: If you pack everything you think you will need, your pack will likely be too heavy too carry. Pack only the essentials.
  4. ASK YOURSELF IF YOUR GEAR IS DURABLE ENOUGH: Will it hold up when it really counts?
  5. CONSIDER THE COST: If you can't afford the best, start by buying items that will help you get by until you can afford better. 
  6. REMEMBER THE RULE OF THREES: You can only go three minutes without air; three hours without adequate shelter(whether that's proper clothing, sleeping gear or actual shelter, depending on the weather); three days without water; and three weeks without food. That is the order in which you should build your kit... 1) shelter, 2) water, 3) food, 4) comfort items.

Once you build your kit, it's important to try it out to make sure you know how to use everything, and to help you decide whether or not it works for you. For Steve's emergency kit lists for adults, youth and kids, click HERE.
During the class, Steve showed us the contents of his emergency kits, a few different types of tents and the products that will be available for purchase in April through our stake order. The backpacks in the pictures above available for purchase in April. For more information on these products, click HERE.
Steve also talked about water filters during the class and demonstrated how to use them. Two types of water filters will be available for purchase in April--the Life Straw and the Katadyn Hiker Pro.
This is the Katadyn Hiker Pro. You put one tube into the unclean water and the other tube into the container you want your clean water to be filtered into, then pump.
 Steve also taught us about MREs(Meals Ready to Eat), and how to cook them using just an MRE heater and water. We were even able to sample a few. The preferred flavor was Cheese Tortellini. Yum!
During the class, we learned several emergency tips and tricks, like using trick birthday candles to keep a flame to make it easier to start fires, and using disposable heat packs(hot hands) to keep your feet warm throughout the night.
 To keep warm using a disposable heating pad, put on a sock as your base layer. Activate the heating pad and place it on the top of your foot above the large veins in your foot. Then put on another sock to keep it in place.
This class was very informative and we're grateful to the Schmid's for all of their hard work! For more ideas on how to prepare for emergencies, check out our links on emergency kits and emergency plans

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