“Policies and Announcements,” Ensign, Oct. 1988, 80
Preparing for Emergencies
The following letter, dated 24 June 1988, was sent to priesthood leaders. It was signed by the First Presidency.
Occasionally people speculate about possible disasters, which speculation engenders fear and can cause members to become caught up in emergency preparedness efforts that are not only costly but go beyond the basics consistently taught by the First Presidency. Leaders should refer to Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies: Guidelines for Church Leaders. Member preparations require wise planning, diligence, and provident living. If circumstances warrant, the First Presidency and Council of the Twelve will provide additional guidance on such matters through established priesthood channels.
We continue to encourage members to store sufficient food, clothing, and, where possible, fuel for at least one year. We have not laid down an exact formula for what should be stored. However, we suggest that members concentrate on essential foods that sustain life, such as grains, legumes, cooking oil, powdered milk, salt, sugar or honey, and water. Most families can achieve and maintain this basic level of preparedness. The decision to do more rests with the individual.
We encourage you to follow this counsel with the assurance that a people prepared through obedience to the commandments of God need not fear.