Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are taught principles of self-reliance as a way of life so they are prepared to withstand difficulties and challenges such as natural disasters, illness, job loss and other unplanned events. Self-reliance incorporates education, health, employment, family home production and food storage, family finances and spiritual strength.


The Church provides an Emergency Preparedness and Response Guide to help families and local congregations prepare for emergency situations. This guide helps families and congregations learn how to plan and prepare for emergencies and how to act and respond in each phase of an emergency—before, during and after.

Church members are also encouraged to have a supply of food and water for times of emergency. Latter-day Saints and others can purchase food storage at one of the Church’s 100-plus home storage centers (different than a bishops’ storehouse) in the U.S. and Canada. The Church advises its members to build a supply of food such as wheat, rice and beans that will last a long time. Properly packaged and stored, these items can last 30 years or more.

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