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LDS Stake Holds Disaster Preparedness Workshop
Council Bluffs IA Daily Nonpariel 27Apr00 D1
By Tim Johnson: Staff Writer

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IOWA - The Council Bluffs LDS Stake held a disaster preparation workshop last weekend which was featured in an article in the Daily Nonpariel. The workshop was entitled Expo 2000, and the purpose of the event was to educate church members and others interested from the community about preparation for disasters of all kinds. Natural disasters were discussed, as well as personal disasters such as illness and sudden unemployment.

Rose McCurdy, stake food storage specialist, said that information was shared by church members as well as other organizations. Among other groups involved were the American Red Cross and the Council Bluffs Fire Department.

Exhibits included such topics as food and water storage, escaping from your home in the event of a fire, assembling 72-hour kits, dry-pack canning, and making beef jerky, to name a few.

Sister McCurdy stresses the importance of rotating food storage. "The whole point of food storage is to store what you use, use what you store, so you're rotating your supply," she emphasized.

Sister McCurdy explained that the LDS Church encourages members to keep a year's supply of provisions on hand for any kind of emergency. "The Church has been suggesting to people since the 1930's that they have a year's worth of food," she added.


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