Laura Calder

Laura Calder

Hi! Welcome to Ready2Go Foodstorage. My name is Laura and I am so excited to share with you some tips about how you can help your family become more self reliant. I am passionate about motherhood, emergency preparedness, homesteading, nutrition, and learning new things. Stick around as you follow my family on our journey to becoming more self reliant.
Laura Calder

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I really want to share with all of you something I worked very hard on when I was called in my church as a ward emergency preparedness specialist. In this calling, I was asked to help develop an emergency communication plan so we could help each other and our neighbors in the event of an emergency. There are many different ways someone can go about preparing an emergency plan, but I really wanted to do it the Lord’s way. So I went to the church guidelines and found an outline for stake and ward plans (found here https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/english/pdf/welfare/stake-ward-emergency-planning-guide-eng.pdf) I reviewed my ward’s previous plan and other plans in my stake and non of these plans followed these guidelines. So I went further. I went to many different wards and found they too do not meet these guidelines. I remember praying very hard about how a plan could meet these guidelines. And then, I found a plan from South Weber, Utah. I am so impressed by whoever created this plan and took great care to do it the way the guidelines state. So I can not take credit for this, the credit for this ward plan goes to whoever created it in the South Weber, Utah stake. The main reason why this plan follows the church guidelines is because the reports come through the home teaching program verses where some other wards have adapted the CERT program of block captains.  At first my emergency preparedness mind said that a plan through the home teaching program was never going to work. But I knew the Lord’s way is always the right way, and so as I prayed and studied I learned some very valuable lessons and I am so humbled by the lessons I learned. I now understand why the church plan should follow the priesthood channel through home teaching and not be through a block captain program. If you want to learn what I discovered as I read through this please read my blog post, “Ward plan: Home Teaching vs. Block Captains.”
So now onto the plan. I had a book made for every household in my ward, because who can follow a plan if they don’t know it! I presented it to the ward on a combined Relief Society/Priesthood 5th Sunday lesson. Inside this plan was a place for the ward plan, a family plan, and a community plan (The community plan is the proper place for block captains and includes the triage system/cards.) In the pocket of the three ring binder, I also included some pamphlets the church has about self reliance found on their store at store.lds.org. I also had a worksheet for the members to fill out to gather some information for the appendix’s. I love how the plan is organized. It is organized so that it is easy to update. The information that is changed frequently such as callings and ward maps are in the appendix’s. This way you are just updating  a few sheets of the plan and not distributing the whole book again every year when there are changes.
So when you open the plan it is easy to follow. I feel this is important because if it is complicated it would be to hard to follow. So please read through the plan. You will see that when there is a widespread disaster is when the church and community will work together to help one another. It is important that we work together and not against each other. Once again learn more about this in my separate blog post found (HERE).
After the general plan outline comes the appendix’s. The first appendix is a ward map. I took this straight from our ward directory. Appendix 2 and 3 are a list of special needs and those with equipment and skills. I feel these are sensitive matters and those on these lists would not want it published for the whole ward to see. As well, I feel it is only the Bishop who has authority in behalf of the church to ask for their help/equipment and should not be published to the whole ward where they could get taken advantage of. More about these books for the Bishop and other leaders will be discussed later in this post. The last appendix is emergency contact information as described.
Then the family plan is set up so the members could go home as a family and set up the family plan. Information for this was found on bereadyutah.gov. Then the community plan is presented. The community plan explains the triage system and block captain program. The next part of the plan has too much personal information to share, so I will tell you what it contains. It has a map with the blocks outlined and the block captains home circled. It has a printed out version with names of households and their block captains. The area coordinator is a star over each area. With our are, we are very rural, we had about 5-10 block captains to an area coordinator. Then it had the triage cards as noted in the beginning of the plan.
So each household was set up for their emergency planning in their families, wards, and community. I also made other books for the leadership in the ward. I figure where they plan a rold in the plan and have responsibilities I wanted to provide the tools necessary for them to serve their callings.
Here is basic outline:
Bishopric Books: A copy of all priesthood, relief society, and primary books. They are also the only books that have the list of special needs, equipment, and skills appendix’s 2 and 3.
Priesthood Books: They are in charge of the reports coming in through the priesthood channel. I am not able to attach this due to all the personal information. So their books have a printout from the ward directory of every household and those in their family with an area for them to report their welfare. They have a copy of their home teaching assignments. Their is a box for them to check if they had to fill out a victim injury report, missing persons, and home status. They will write the page number of the report where the family’s information is listed. I have attached the report forms.
Relief society: They are in charge of relief to the ward. So in their books are medical information from CERT for temporal care. To help with the emotional relief, there are hymns and talks that can bring relief to at that time.
Primary: They would be helping with the children, either watching children of those serving in other ways, helping children who are separated from parents, or helping children whose parents are hurt. The primary books are larger because they contain many things. They have coloring pages and crayons, suckers (sometimes a treat can be a comfort, but it is also a great tool. If a child who likes candy, does not want any or has an odd response it is a sign for the primary leader that the child could be in shock and is in need of immediate medial care), stickers, game ideas, name badges, and primary music. There is also a log to keep track of volunteer time.
Each book has pencils, pens, and pencil sharpers. The calling name is on the cover and they have been passed as callings have been changed. It is important to remember it states to “review with ward councils” so yearly we would review how to use books.
So all printables are FREE. I just hope they can help someone. Please let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to answer. Thanks!
Ward Plan Downloads:
Primary Downloads:
Priesthood Downloads:
Relief Society Downloads:

 

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