Summarized by Jennifer Livingston
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
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.