Thursday, September 18, 2008

Prepare and Fear Not

Status: Still stuck on a scene
Song of the Day: "Headlock" by Imogen Heap

Clarification: This is an email from a friend of a friend. I do have a friend in Texas who is going through the aftermath of hurricane Ike, but she just barely got electricity. I still wanted to share this message though.

Dear Friends:

(We) are doing well. We have a 6'x6' hole in our roof, no electricity or running water, Trees down everywhere. However, because we listened to the counsel of our Prophet we are prepared, calm, and helping one another with trees in roofs, flooding, etc.

There is a POD or Point of Distrubution where we live.There you get water and ice IF you have enough fuel to wait in the 3 hour lines. We don't have to do that because we have 3 full water barrels, 75 juice bottles filled with water, and our pool which is dirty but we use it to flush.

It is very difficult to get gas. Police guard the stations when fuel is delivered and you might wait half a day to get up to the pump just to have them say, 'Too bad, we are out'.

I am grateful that we have a generator. We run it 4 hours a day to keep our fridge and light. I am grateful that we have had fuel for it. You can't even by gas containers as they are rationed. We can only by bread once a week and limited to 2 loaves at a time. Water is rationed by the case at the grocery store. 3 cases per family.

The Atm machines do not have power. For the past 6 months I have stashed small bills away because I have had such a feeling of foreboding. We have cash because of that.LISTEN TO THE SPIRIT. Get cash in small bills because the stores can't make change and credit and debit cards often don't work. I had to pay 5 dollars more for an item because they couldn't make change for me.


Believe it or not...I have not had a bath in 4 days, Today was the first day I got to wash my hair with pool water. I haven't fixed my hair in a week!!! It just doesn't matter anymore. We can not do laundry because we don't have water. So, we wear our clothes until they are literally disgusting.When we do finally get water we will have to boil it since it is contaminated.

I am grateful for my parents. When we got low on generator fuel they drove 45 minutes to help us. They filled up their cans and brought us 10 gallons of fuel which kept us going until this morning at 6:oo am when we finally found some gas.

I want all of you to know that I have such a testimony of following the counsel of our living prophet. There really is safety and peace in your heart if you are prepared. Please get your generators, 5 gas cans full of gas, canned goods, baby items, baby wipes to bathe, and all the water you can store...even if you have to trip on it in your home. Have your lanterns, crank flashlights, tarps, rope, etc.. ready to go because you never know when it will be your turn to endure the test. It's overwhelming, but it's going to be ok eventually. I have a home, I have food, I have water, because i listened to the counsel of the prophet. PLease make sure you do the same. It's time to have your life in order. Tomorrow may be too late.

I think it's a really good message for all of us. We've been told over and over by our church leaders what to do in case of an emergency. Maybe I'm just getting older and paying more attention, but it seems emergencies are popping up more and more often.


Lisa said...

I've been blurking but you may remember me from your early days in Orem. I saw your blog through the Rice's.

Anyway, I love your friends letter and would like to post it on my emergency preparedness blog I have created for our ward. Do you mind? It's completely anonymous and would stay that way.

Stephanie said...

Thank you Jamie, that was sure inspiring for me to hear. I'm going to have Dan read the letter to. We have a lot of items that are in different areas I think it is about time I organize everything and find out what we still need so when the trial hits we are prepared. Please tell your friend that she is in our thoughts and prayers. And like the title of your post hopefully we can all be prepared and not fear!!!

Jaime Theler said...

Lisa, you sure can. And this is a lurker-friendly blog, too. Only I may pop by and visit yours now that I know you're here :)

Beeswax said...

So interesting...I have focused more on getting my long term food supply than my 72 hour kit type items. A good reminder that we really need both.

Wendy said...

Jaime - I have a preparedness blog at I would really like to reference this email on my blog. How would you/your friend feel about me linking to this letter? If you were uncomfortable with the generic traffic, I could just post the letter on my blog. Or I don't have to do either. Let me know if you/she would be comfortable with that? Thanks. Wendy

Jaime Theler said...

Wendy, I'm going to say go ahead and post the email on your blog. I'm currently trying to get permission, but I think she wrote it in the spirit to share. If you keep it anonymous then I don't think it will be a problem, but if it is then I'll take all the blame. :)