For the last week or so, we've been focusing on emergency preparedness and response. Have you ever thought about how life after an earthquake or natural disaster might be different? In the event of a major emergency, it's likely that stores will be closed until infrastructure can be rebuilt and services can return to normal. That could be as long as a few weeks, up to several months, and in some cases, years. It's hard to imagine not being able fill up the car with gas, go through the drive-thru to grab a quick meal, or head to a grocery store to stock up on essentials. That's why it's a good idea to store food and other supplies to help you survive.
President Spencer W. Kimball said, "The Lord has urged that His people save for the rainy days, prepare for the difficult times, and put away for emergencies, a year's supply or more of bare necessities so that when comes the flood, the earthquake, the famine, the hurricane, the storms of life, our families can be sustained through the dark days." (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Spencer W. Kimball, p. 114–23)
Our prophets have counseled us to have a year's supply of long-term food storage, a 3-month supply of rotatable food storage, and other supplies that will help sustain life in case of emergencies. If you're wondering how to start building your food storage, take a look at our Long-Term Food Storage Chart. We've done all the math for you! The amounts are based on BYU's "Approach to Long Term Food Storage," created in September 2015. The "Approach to Long Term Food Storage" can also be found on lds.org's Provident Living page.
President Gordon B. Hinckley said, "The best food storage is not in welfare grain elevators but in sealed cans and bottles in the homes of our people." So, stop making excuses and get started today!