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Emergency Preparedness – FHE Lesson

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D&C 1:12

Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh;



As Zion’s Youth in Latter Days, Hymn #256

1. As Zion’s youth in latter days,
We stand with valiant heart,
With promise shining in our eyes,
Resolved to do our part.
Upon a noble past we build;
The future fills our view.
We face the challenge of our day
And pledge we will be true.

2. The truths and values we embrace
Are mocked on ev’ry hand.
Yet as we listen and obey
We know we can withstand
The evils that would weaken us,
The sin that would destroy.
With faith, we hold the iron rod
And find in this our joy.

3. Thru test and trial we’ll have our fears,
But we will not despair.
We’re here to serve a righteous cause;
Truth gives us strength to dare.
We’ll love, and learn, and overcome;
We’ll sing a joyful song,
As Zion’s youth in latter days,
Triumphant, pure, and strong.




*For Children*

Read aloud: Emergency preparedness means that our family will be prepared for emergencies. These can be natural disasters, accidents in our home, or problems within in our community. Sometimes, an emergency can be something as simple as a storm that leaves us without power for a few days or something very dangerous like a fire in our home.

Heavenly Father knows that emergencies are part of what we’ll experience on earth and has inspired the prophets and apostles to tell us how to prepare. He wants us to be protected because He loves us very much. One of the ways that we can prepare for an emergency is by having a 72-hour kit or emergency kit made. A 72-hour kit is a normally a backpack or container that has everything you need for two days in case of an emergency.

Ask: What sorts of things do you think we’d need for a 72-hour kit?

After getting everyone’s ideas, read this story about a girl and her 72-hour kit. You can read the full story here.

Cassidy sat on the living room floor examining all the items in her emergency backpack—granola bars, hard candy, canned tuna and crackers, a coloring book and crayons, a flashlight with batteries, a small travel game, a whistle, an emergency blanket, paper and a pencil, and other small things.

“Mom, is today an emergency day?” five-year-old Cassidy called out. “I want to use my backpack!” Cassidy and her family had gotten the emergency backpacks for Christmas from an aunt and uncle.

“No, not today,” Mom answered. “I know there are a lot of neat things you would like to use out of your backpack, but if we have an emergency you’ll be glad you’ve kept them all together.” Mom stood at the doorway. “Come on, let’s put all the backpacks on the top shelf in the hall closet. Then we’ll know where to find them in an emergency.”

Cassidy began putting things back inside her backpack. “I want to have an emergency so I can use my stuff,” she said.

Mom sat down on the floor to help Cassidy put the items back. “Do you remember hearing about the people whose homes were destroyed by a big wave called a tsunami?”

“Yes,” Cassidy answered, looking concerned.

“That was an emergency,” Mom explained as she zipped up Cassidy’s backpack. “It’s a situation that happens quickly when people are not expecting it.”

“Emergencies are bad things, aren’t they?” Cassidy asked.

“They can be very serious,” Mom replied. “But when bad things happen it can give us comfort to have something prepared—something we can grab quickly if we need to.”

“Like our backpacks?” Cassidy asked eagerly.

“Exactly,” Mom said. “You don’t need to wish for an emergency though. Let’s plan an emergency day drill. We’ll pretend there is an emergency and that we can only use the snacks and things we have in our backpacks. When we are done, we can replace the things we’ve used and plan another emergency day drill to keep us on our toes.”

“Yes!” Cassidy shouted. “That sounds fun!”

“The Lord promises us that if we are prepared we shall not fear,” Mom said.

“We should tell the rest of the family about our idea,” Cassidy said.

“Good idea. We’ll talk about it tonight at family home evening,” Mom said.

That evening just before dinner, Cassidy was reading a book in the living room. Her brother and sisters were finishing their homework in the basement. The lights flickered a few times, and then the electricity went out. The winter sky was already dark, and for a few moments it was impossible to see anything.

“Mom!” Cassidy yelled.

Mom answered from the kitchen in a calm voice, “It’s OK. Just stay where you are. I’ll come get you.”

Cassidy blinked her eyes several times to adjust to the darkness. Then her mother reached out and took her hand.

“There you are!” Mom said. “Now we need some light.”

“There’s a flashlight in my emergency backpack!” Cassidy said excitedly.

They walked carefully through the dark house toward the hall closet.

“Who turned out the lights?” Cassidy’s older brother, Adison, shouted.

“It’s dark down here!” her sister Olivia called.

“We’ll get a light for you!” Cassidy said as she held tightly to Mom’s hand.

When they reached the closet, Mom pulled down Cassidy’s backpack and got out the flashlight. “That’s better,” Mom said. She quickly pulled down everyone’s backpack, and Cassidy got out the flashlights so that everyone would have their own light.

Dad came in through the door to the garage. “Boy, it sure was dark out there. It took me a while to find the door,” he said. “Were you scared?” he asked Cassidy.

“Yes, but I knew where my flashlight was, so that made me feel better,” she answered.

Looking out the window, they saw that the electricity was out all over the neighborhood, and a thick fog had rolled in.

The family gathered in the living room with their emergency backpacks and everyone chatted excitedly. Dad searched his backpack for his emergency radio and began to listen for a weather report. After a few minutes he announced, “Well, it doesn’t appear to be a winter storm. Hopefully, the power will be back on by morning. Your mom and I have decided that we will use this opportunity to have an emergency drill. You each can use only the things you have in your backpacks. Use them wisely, just in case the power is out for longer than we expect. Now that we are all here, we will start family home evening with a prayer of thanks that we were prepared for this minor emergency.”

Cassidy pulled a granola bar out of her backpack. She leaned over to Mom and said, “It turned out to be an emergency day after all.”

Ask: How did Cassidy feel when she realized she knew where her flashlight was?

Read aloud: Heavenly Father doesn’t want us to be scared. In fact, He promises us that if we do our best to prepare, we “shall not fear.”

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of being prepared in an emergency. Share any personal experiences you feel are appropriate. Then, complete one of our emergency preparedness activities found at the bottom of this page.

*For Teenagers and Adults*

Begin by watching this video about what it means to be prepared:

Ask: What stood out to you in this video? What does it mean to you to be prepared?

Read aloud: Members of the Church have been counseled for many years to be prepared for adversity. Preparation, both spiritual and temporal, can dispel fear. With the guidance of Church leaders, individual members and families should prepare to be self-reliant in times of personal or widespread emergency. Some examples of ways the leaders of the Church have counseled us to be prepared include gathering:

  • 3 month supply of food
  • Drinking water
  • Financial reserves
  • Medication and first aid supplies
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Important documents

Ask: What are some ways we as a family/group can apply the prophetic counsel to be prepared in our own lives? Why is spiritual preparation, as well as physical preparation, necessary?

Finish the lesson by bearing your testimony of being prepared in an emergency. Share any personal experiences you feel are appropriate. Then, complete one of our emergency preparedness activities found at the bottom of this page.

Here are some additional videos that can also provide inspiration for your lessons:


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Marshmallow Fudge or Food Storage Recipes

Marshmallow Fudge 

-3 cups milk chocolate chips
-1 cup sweetened condensed milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup miniature marshmallows


1. Melt the chocolate chips and condensed milk together in a sauce pan. After melted remove from heat and stir in marshmallows. Press into a 8″ x 8″ pan that has been buttered. Serving Size = 2″ Square

(Courtesy of Being Genevieve)

Food Storage Recipes 

Treat your family to a delicious snack made from food storage items. You can find a great list of different meals and treats to make here.



72-Hour Kit Scavenger Hunt or Emergency Planning or Canning Food

72-Hour Kit Scavenger Hunt

Before your FHE, gather together the basic supplies you’ll need to get a 72-hour kit made for each of your family members. You can learn more about 72-hour kits here. Hide the items around the house, and give each member of your family a list. Tell them them need to go and find each item on their list. Once all the items have been gathered, talk with each other about why each one is important. Then, pick a place to store your kits and ensure everyone knows where they are and can get to them.

Emergency Planning

If you haven’t done so already, make an emergency plan for different natural disasters. Whether it is a fire, tornado, or earthquake, discuss with your family what they should do in each situation. Include where you can meet if you get separated and what important contact information to have children memorize. If time and weather permits, run drills with your family.

Canning Food

Depending on the time of year, can some food or prepare other food storage items.

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Aleah Ingram
Aleah Ingram
Aleah is a graduate of Southern Virginia University, where she studied English, Creative Writing, and Dance. She now works full time as a marketing and product manager, writer, and editor. Aleah served a mission in California and loves baking, Lang Leav poetry, Gaynor Minden pointe shoes, and Bollywood movies.

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