The 7 Day Challenge — Are You Prepared?

Are You Prepared? Do those three words give you anxiety? We have been working on our food storage and emergency preparedness for exactly one year now and recently we started to wonder, are we really prepared? We have all this food, we’ve been learning how to use it, but in a true emergency situation would we be ok? We figured if we felt this way then maybe some of you are having the same thoughts too and we came up with a great idea to test if you ARE prepared.

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What is The Seven Day Challenge

The Seven Day Challenge is a mock disaster that will last 7 Days in which we will be initiating an emergency β€œfire drill”. Participants will have a chance to test their level of preparedness in a simulated emergency environment. Each day during the Seven Day Challenge you will receive an email informing you which utilities and/or food items you will have access to. At the conclusion of the Seven Day Challenge participants will have means to share, discuss, and give feedback on how they could have been β€œbetter” prepared.

When will it start?

We wanted to give you the whole summer to really hash out your emergency preparedness plan and get a solid start on your food storage. So we will give notification sometime in the month of September (no we won’t tell you the exact date!) that the challenge has begun. Even if you are just getting started now, you will have enough time to fully participate in our challenge. And the best part is we have TONS of exciting things we will be doing this summer to help everyone prepare for the challenge.

Will this be fun?

If you have been following our blog, you know that we HAVE to make everything fun! So we have created a 7 Day Challenge puzzle which we will be revealing one piece at a time. Each piece will contain more information about the challenge such as prizes, how the challenge will work, helpful tips, etc. So check our blog frequently and/or add us to your RSS feeds or Twitter so you can keep up with all the excitement!

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Check back later this week to find out how you can sign up for the 7 Day Challenge as we reveal our first piece of the puzzle. TRUST US YOU WILL NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! (*hint* There just so happens to be an amazing giveaway going along with it!)


  • Morning Sunshine

    We have pressure tanks, but not storage tanks. dh says we have tanks, but I think he means the pressure tanks because if we did have a storage tank, we would not run out of water so quickly when we loose power.
    We loose power about once every 2 months (rural living!) for a few hours. We even have an unofficial schedule when that happens:
    1) everyone goes to the bathroom and “shares” a flush
    2) we do a cleanup on everything on the floors so no one trips in the dark (when it gets dark – we have so many windows that it takes a long time after the sun goes down to get DARK)
    3) find the lanterns (in the master bath, dh's office, the laundry room and under the kitchen sink.
    4) play games and puzzles in the living room until early bed

    but, no showers/baths, no washing dishes in the sink, etc.
    we have 4 toilets in the house, so we rotate which we use after the power goes out. When I say we have 6 flushes, that is 6 times in the same toilet, so I often fill a pitcher of drinking water too before we loose it all.
    we do have some water storage downstairs, but our power isn't off long enough, usually, to break it out.

  • Morning Sunshine

    We have pressure tanks, but not storage tanks. dh says we have tanks, but I think he means the pressure tanks because if we did have a storage tank, we would not run out of water so quickly when we loose power.
    We loose power about once every 2 months (rural living!) for a few hours. We even have an unofficial schedule when that happens:
    1) everyone goes to the bathroom and “shares” a flush
    2) we do a cleanup on everything on the floors so no one trips in the dark (when it gets dark – we have so many windows that it takes a long time after the sun goes down to get DARK)
    3) find the lanterns (in the master bath, dh's office, the laundry room and under the kitchen sink.
    4) play games and puzzles in the living room until early bed

    but, no showers/baths, no washing dishes in the sink, etc.
    we have 4 toilets in the house, so we rotate which we use after the power goes out. When I say we have 6 flushes, that is 6 times in the same toilet, so I often fill a pitcher of drinking water too before we loose it all.
    we do have some water storage downstairs, but our power isn't off long enough, usually, to break it out.

  • Do you have a water tank?

    My father had well water, and a 5000 gal tank, which he would try to keep full in case the electricity went off or the pump broke. There was some sort of outer “tap” he could use to get the water without using the pump. He also used it to store trucked in water a few times when the water tables were too low for his pump to access ground water.

    For us (city water), we'll probably have washing/flushing water unless the entire city loses electricity to run the water plant, but I use filtered water (refill 5 gal bottles right now) for drinking and cooking. We've ordered a gravity filter though.

  • Ginger

    Can’t wait to see if we’re prepared!

  • Ginger

    Can't wait to see if we're prepared!

  • Jenina Driaza

    Dears J. & J.
    This is a great project, congratulations.Iam ready for the challenge.This sound extremely fun.I can’t wait to see all the pieces to the puzzle!

  • Jenina Driaza

    Dears J. & J.
    This is a great project, congratulations.Iam ready for the challenge.This sound extremely fun.I can't wait to see all the pieces to the puzzle!

  • Morning Sunshine

    When you say utilities…..
    I live on a well. so if the municipal water systems are shut down, I can still get clean and fresh water. (part of the reason I wanted a well!)
    but if my electric is shut down, we are OUT of water in 6 toilet flushes. πŸ™‚ (I am working on an alternative, but money is tight right now)

    • Do you have a water tank?

      My father had well water, and a 5000 gal tank, which he would try to keep full in case the electricity went off or the pump broke. There was some sort of outer “tap” he could use to get the water without using the pump. He also used it to store trucked in water a few times when the water tables were too low for his pump to access ground water.

      For us (city water), we’ll probably have washing/flushing water unless the entire city loses electricity to run the water plant, but I use filtered water (refill 5 gal bottles right now) for drinking and cooking. We’ve ordered a gravity filter though.

      • Morning Sunshine

        We have pressure tanks, but not storage tanks. dh says we have tanks, but I think he means the pressure tanks because if we did have a storage tank, we would not run out of water so quickly when we loose power.
        We loose power about once every 2 months (rural living!) for a few hours. We even have an unofficial schedule when that happens:
        1) everyone goes to the bathroom and “shares” a flush
        2) we do a cleanup on everything on the floors so no one trips in the dark (when it gets dark – we have so many windows that it takes a long time after the sun goes down to get DARK)
        3) find the lanterns (in the master bath, dh’s office, the laundry room and under the kitchen sink.
        4) play games and puzzles in the living room until early bed

        but, no showers/baths, no washing dishes in the sink, etc.
        we have 4 toilets in the house, so we rotate which we use after the power goes out. When I say we have 6 flushes, that is 6 times in the same toilet, so I often fill a pitcher of drinking water too before we loose it all.
        we do have some water storage downstairs, but our power isn’t off long enough, usually, to break it out.

  • Morning Sunshine

    When you say utilities…..
    I live on a well. so if the municipal water systems are shut down, I can still get clean and fresh water. (part of the reason I wanted a well!)
    but if my electric is shut down, we are OUT of water in 6 toilet flushes. πŸ™‚ (I am working on an alternative, but money is tight right now)

  • I looked forward to see how ready we really are and spot any weak areas.

  • I understand the part about “what utilities”, but what do you mean about “what food items” we have access to? Are parts of our food storage going to be unavailable for some reason? Or does that mean limited or no access to stores, etc.?

  • I looked forward to see how ready we really are and spot any weak areas.

  • emily smith

    I am so ready for this challenge… Bring it… What a great Idea to really test us on all the things we have been learning and making long trips to the cannery for… I need to really get in gear though. One thing I have found that has really helped in with all this, is to do one thing for my food storage every day, weather its just adding water, going to the cannery, making fire starters, or even just reading something about survival and prepareness everyday. the smallest things have made the biggest diffrence, and I no longer feel so overwhelmed with it all… now could I survive… thats a whole nother issue… lol

  • I understand the part about “what utilities”, but what do you mean about “what food items” we have access to? Are parts of our food storage going to be unavailable for some reason? Or does that mean limited or no access to stores, etc.?

  • Is anyone up for the challenge? I’m gonna go for it!

  • Count me in the challenge! This is something that I want to work for!

  • Is anyone up for the challenge? I'm gonna go for it!

  • Count me in the challenge! This is something that I want to work for!

  • Hi! I’ve nominated you for a blog award over at frugalityville.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for motivating us ladies to get on the ball with our food storage. You are gems! Have a super day. πŸ™‚

  • Hi! I’ve nominated you for a blog award over at frugalityville.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for motivating us ladies to get on the ball with our food storage. You are gems! Have a super day. πŸ™‚

  • Hi! I’ve nominated you for a blog award over at frugalityville.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for motivating us ladies to get on the ball with our food storage. You are gems! Have a super day. πŸ™‚

  • Hi! I've nominated you for a blog award over at frugalityville.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for motivating us ladies to get on the ball with our food storage. You are gems! Have a super day. πŸ™‚

  • JOY

    Love it! Count me in!

  • JOY

    Love it! Count me in!

  • JOY

    Love it! Count me in!

  • Crystal

    Love it! Can’t wait to see all the pieces to the puzzle!

  • Crystal

    Love it! Can’t wait to see all the pieces to the puzzle!

  • This sounds like fun!! Count me in.

  • This sounds like fun!! Count me in.

  • Crystal

    Love it! Can't wait to see all the pieces to the puzzle!

  • This sounds like fun!! Count me in.

  • Are you up for the challenge? http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/06/08/the-7-day-challenge/ Finish your preparations now!

  • Are you up for the challenge? http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/06/08/the-7-day-challenge/ Finish your preparations now!

  • Jodi

    We are so excited about The Seven Day Challenge. It is going to be so fun to do it all together πŸ™‚

  • Jodi

    We are so excited about The Seven Day Challenge. It is going to be so fun to do it all together πŸ™‚

  • Are you up for the challenge? http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/06/08/the-7… Finish your preparations now!