In the event of an emergency/natural disaster, it will be important to not only be personally prepared, but to be prepared to help others.  Being certified in both First Aid and CPR will be extremely useful.  I know I never quite enjoyed taking these classes because they weren’t too exciting, but when the baby you’re babysitting starts choking or you find your mom unconscious, the things you learn in these classes will come in VERY handy.  Don’t believe me?  Read this:

CPR Success Story:

Like most of the students in his class, fourteen-year-old Jeff Bernahl probably never thought he’d use the first aid and CPR training he had learned in school. Two months later, though, the lessons he’d learned helped save his father’s life.

Robert Bernahl, Jeff’s father, had walked into the living room of their home and asked Jeff and his sisters if they wanted to play cards. Then he walked back toward the kitchen, only to collapse.

“I thought Dad was kidding,” Jeff said. He soon realized, however, that something was very wrong, and that his father was not breathing.

Jeff’s father’s heart had stopped beating. Jeff’s mother, a registered nurse, began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, while Jeff began compressing his father’s chest.

“At first I wasn’t sure if I remembered how to do it, but it just came back to me as soon as I started. You have to find the landmark toward the end of the ribs.”

Paramedics who arrived on the scene said that Mr. Bernahl is probably alive today because of the quick actions of his son and wife -and that Jeff had obviously learned his CPR training very well.

When you ask Jeff if he considers himself a hero, he just grins and shrugs his shoulders. But for his courageous actions, Jeff Bernahl has been named to receive the Red Cross Certificate of Merit – the highest award given by the American Red Cross.

The following places offer both First Aid and CPR courses.

Provo Fire and Rescue

Red Cross (online)

*(if this link doesn’t work, go to and click on “course schedule” on the left)

United Way of Utah County

These courses are quick, efficient, and will definitely be worth your time!  Prepare yourself–I promise you that these skills will come in handy sometime soon!



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“Not a matter of if, but when”

There have been many sobering natural disasters as of late.  In 2004 there was the horrendous tsunami off the coast of Indonesia, killing thousands and more recently was the devastating earthquake in Haiti in January of this year.  It was unreal and extremely humbling to watch footage from these two events.  This just goes to show how unpredictable these events really are, and that we need to take action now to do all we can to be prepared.

For many years researchers have been predicting an earthquake in Utah, and the video also mentioned another predicted earthquake in California “any day now.”  Luckily, new homes are being built more earthquake proof, and even large buildings, such as this, are being renovated to prevent any major damage in the event of an earthquake.  These examples emphasize the importance of ready-ing ourselves, and our families, in case of a disaster.

For more information on how Utah leaders are preparing for the future, click here.


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Ugh, please not food storage!

Yes, yes I know, many of you are probably thinking this.  I know that I personally, don’t want to take the time to make my own food storage.  A) I can’t afford it, 2) I’ll never need it, D) My family has plenty at home.  EXACTLY!  Your family has plenty at HOME.  Most of you reading this probably don’t live at home with your families right now.  Therefore, you need at least SOME sort of teeny tiny food storage in your college apartment in case of an emergency.  Our families have been counseled to have about a three month supply of food storage.  This is quite unrealistic for most college students, so I found an article that gave four tips on how to have a frugal food storage.  Exciting huh!!  🙂  Really guys, you’ll appreciate these things when a disaster strikes, I promise.  The full article can be found here.

1. Store any storable food that comes from an unexpected source. For example, if friends or family invite you to dinner or bring in a meal to you, store the canned or packaged food items you would have used for that meal.

2. Set aside a small amount of money each week to buy staples such as pasta, baking ingredients, and paper products. You may be surprised at how quickly you can build up a supply of these staples for only a few dollars a week.

3. Learn how to bottle, freeze, and dry fresh foods. Even if you don’t have a garden, you can preserve small amounts of fresh fruits or vegetables when they are on sale at the grocery store.

4. Set goals for your food storage supply. Work toward a one-month supply, then a three-month supply, and so on. Be realistic.

Try new ideas until you find the ones that work for you. The important thing is to start now; don’t wait until you have more money, or you may never start.

You may look at your closet of food and see that you have plenty of canned foods, snacks, etc.  But the important thing is to actually set aside the items you want to put in your food storage.  Perhaps just put them in another cabinet in your apartment–this way you will realize that they are simply for food storage and you won’t use them on accident.

There we go!  Now go grab that can of green beans and put it in a different cupboard to kick off your food storage frenzy!  If you are interested in more serious food storage, you can check out this, this, and this.

If only this could be food storage.


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Why Be Prepared?

Alright.  I know many of you thought twice when you saw this blog.  Maybe you thought it was weird?  Nerdy?  A good idea?  So random?  I don’t blame you.  However, emergency preparedness and response has always been fascinating to me, probably because my family is so into it.  For example, we created 72 hour kits for Family Home Evening (FHE) back when I was like 10, other FHE activities have included having contests to find the gas shut off, water shut off, memorizing the name of our insurance and security system code, etc, and I witnessed my parents go on a “food storage frenzy” and gather a three months supply of food storage.  I know that the reason my parents have been so “into” this kind of stuff is because the leaders of our church have prophesied over and over of calamities and disasters that are to come and that we need to prepare ourselves and our families.  I’m very grateful for my parents’ examples.

Perhaps the most comforting message in the scriptures is D&C 38:30 which says, “…if ye are prepared ye shall not fear.”  Unfortunately, most people do not realize the importance of preparing for natural disasters until they actually “strike” personally.  For example, those affected by the earthquake in Haiti may not have known about the importance of 72 hour kits or food storage, because nothing up until this point had ever caused them to need these things.  Many college students, myself included, may think, “I don’t need food storage, my family has so much at home and plus, my cupboards are stocked full of food!”  Well what will happen when a possible disaster strikes and you are stranded in your apartment for a week?  That cupboard will not stay stocked full for long.  🙂  Hopefully suggestions I post on this blog might be able to prompt you to prepare yourself, so that “ye shall not fear” when disasters strike.


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