In this month’s lesson, your family will have the opportunity to:
1) Discuss the importance of family documents and why you would need to keep them with you in an emergency situation.
2) Review a list of Importance Papers and note which items are applicable to your family.
3) Fill out a sheet of where your items are located – consider gathering them together/making copies for emergency file.
4) Compile vital statistics and identification information for each member of your family.
5) Fingerprint your children and take their picture for your family Vital Statistic file for a family activity.
6) Prepare a dessert for your Family Home Evening using items from food storage.
If you are compiling the Family Member Information sheets for your
family, you will want to make copies of the vital statistics pages and the
child identification pages included in your Family Document File. Also,
for fingerprinting, have an ink pad available and a camera to take the
If you will be keeping copies of your important documents in a box
to take with you in the event of an emergency, you may consider
purchasing a file box, collapsible file, or some type of document holder to
gather these items together. This month’s lesson will discuss collecting
and/or copying those documents.
“Organize yourselves; prepare every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God.”
Doctrine and Covenants 88:119
In the event of an emergency, important papers relating to your family need to be with you, and taken with you if you need to evacuate. Your family may need the information included in these documents and the documents could be destroyed if left behind. In this month’s lesson, your family will work on organizing personal documents and filling in information on some new documents, then you will have the opportunity to collect these documents in your Family Preparedness Manual, or an emergency box, so they are easy to access and ready to take with you at a moments notice.
In the Document Manual, you will see a list of suggested papers to include in your manual. This list is a suggestion of items and is by no means all-inclusive. Some items listed may not pertain to your family at this point in time, but may at some time in the future, and you may have other items not included on this list that you will want to keep with you as well.
Take time to review the list and note which documents your family may have.
On the following page of the Document File is a similar list with space to note where these documents are located in your home, or if they are outside of your home. You may want to discuss with children why some documents are located outside of the home so your children are aware of important items being located somewhere other than home for safety and security.
Emergency Document File
If your items are in several different places, you may want to consider keeping copies in an Emergency Box that is easy to access and transport with you so you do not spend extra time trying to get everything gathered up in an emergency.
At this time you will also want to look at the other forms included in the Family Document File that your family will want to take the time to fill out and have available in your emergency file. The information included on these forms will be very helpful if you are required to evacuate from your home and you have this information in your file or binder that you will take with you. These forms may take a long time to fill out, and do not have to all be filled out now, however, you should set a time frame to complete the forms that are applicable to your family so you do have them ready when needed. Also, you may want to discuss with younger children why the information on these forms is important to have with you if you need to be away from the home in an emergency.
In your Document File, Family Member Information sheets and Identification sheets have been included to be filled out. At this time, fill out these forms with each member of the family. This information is important to have regarding each family member and should be updated periodically in the event of any changes in personal information. Discuss with your children why this information is important to have with you in the event of an emergency.
For this month’s activity, take the time to fingerprint and photograph your child for their Vital Statistics file. This information can be very important if your child get lost and need to be identified. Space is available for fingerprints and photos on your Child’s Identification Sheet. Make a copy of the page for each one of your children. If you have had this information for your children already completed in the past, now is a good time to update their pictures. Also, read the information about swabbing the inside of their cheek and pulling a small amount of hair for DNA samples. Read how to properly store these items.
If you do not have small children in your family, take this time to start filling out your information forms. Again, set a goal as to when you would like to accomplish all of the forms that are applicable to your family, and work towards that goal.
In a mixing bowl, stir peanut butter, honey and oil together until smooth. Add oats and raisings, mix well. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto a 9 x 9 pan, close together. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to eat. Makes 20 clusters.