The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (SATURDAY)

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 7 days, we are testing our Emergency Preparedness and Food Storage Plans. Each day will bring a NEW mock emergency, or situation that will test at least one of the reasons “WHY” we strive to be prepared! REMEMBER: No going to a store, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


Your area just got struck with severe weather conditions. Depending on where you live this could be a blizzard, tornado, hurricane, etc. The power lines are out and there is a problem with the natural gas supply. Luckily, you still have running water though. Keep you and your family warm, fed, and entertained at home today because you are NOT going out in these conditions. Your fridge food has been ruined due to the power outage, but your freezer foods are still ok.


Today’s Tasks:

  • Prepare all of your meals INDOORS without using electricity (read your owner’s manuals on your appliances, you’d be surprised that a lot of them are not suitable for indoor usage)
  • Determine how to keep your family warm or cool depending on the season
  • Entertain yourself (and kids if applicable) without using any electronics
  • Due to some marital strife we caused last year, you may watch one football game of your choice without penalty today (tell your family that because you let them watch the game, they have to play along for the rest of the day)
  • Write down a list of common weather conditions or “disasters” that are likely to occur in your area. Brainstorm with your family (if applicable) ideas for how to be better prepared for each type.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not leave your house.
  • Do not use electricity (you may use the computer ONLY to report on the challenge, if your cell phone and/or laptop are charged you can still use them until they run out of battery).
  • Do not use food from your fridge (freezer is ok).
  • Do not use anything requiring natural gas (water heater, gas stove, furnace).

Advanced Tasks:

  • One of your family members is sick with the flu. Provide medicine and comfort.
  • Your meals must be hot. And no MREs (freeze-dried meals ready to eat).
  • Skip the football game 😉

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.
How long would you have lasted under these conditions?

 



Make sure your fill out today’s Report Card to see how well you did, to keep track of areas you can improve, to remember things you need to do, and things you need to buy. Use the data to make a game plan to take you to the next level of preparedness, whatever that may be.


  • TK

    (Scenario) YUCK! We’ve been hit by torrential rain and high winds! Possible mud slides imminent in the county and we have to keep the huge run off stream diverted so it doesn’t wash out our road. Masses of silt and gravel washing off the hill. Shovel, slicker, and boots required. A warm fire to dry off needed. Most roads are flooded and impassable… so for safety, stay home!

    Cooking on the wood stove… Breakfast – Oatmeal & OJ. Lunch – Baked potatoes with chili. Dinner – stew packets and apple crumb for desert. Snacks during the day of fruit and pbj sandwiches.

    Thank you for the football allowance… the only advanced task that wasn’t completed. Salsa, chips and sodas for munchies! Plenty of supplies for flu symptoms.

  • Lynne

    It turns out that it was 109 today. that is hot for September. I remember well the day that it hit 122. My kids and I were out running errands. 122 is really hot.
    Anyway when you are thiking 100 is hot this time of year 10 additional degrees is worse.
    No airconditioning. what we have done in the past is allow everyone to jump in the pool to cool off. But since we are not supposed to leave the house. I would use cool cloths on their heads and necks and we would not do any strenuous activities. I also have several hand fans that come in hand.
    We have eight daughters. When they were still young we invested in a solar hot water heater and it has paid for itself many times over. It paid for itself again today since we all took showers or baths for Sunday church.
    As I stated earlier I used the alcohol burner in the fireplace. A simple one dish meal was easy to prepare.
    We have actually had to live this way when the power has gone out in the middle of the summer with high temperatures.
    Activities are realatively easy because we spend time reading and playing games on a regular basis anyway. WE know how to get along without electronic devices.

    I was reading in one of the other comments about water
    I recently talked to a city water quality expert. He said that the water that is in the canal has to be purified in order to use it. It is the water from the canals that goes to the city water plant to be purified.
    For us to do it we should let it drain through coffee filters to remove any sediment and then purify it.
    As for the pool. It has some things in it that are not treated by the chlorine but this is not the main concern. Water contains minerals. In our pools the water evaporates but the minerals don’t so they concentrate. They double in their amount in a year. Most pools are not emptied every year and so the concentration gets worse. It is not a problem to get a little into our systems when we are swimming but if we were to drink it it can cause dysentery. He said drink it as a last resort because it can make you very sick.

  • Lynne

    It turns out that it was 109 today. that is hot for September. I remember well the day that it hit 122. My kids and I were out running errands. 122 is really hot.
    Anyway when you are thiking 100 is hot this time of year 10 additional degrees is worse.
    No airconditioning. what we have done in the past is allow everyone to jump in the pool to cool off. But since we are not supposed to leave the house. I would use cool cloths on their heads and necks and we would not do any strenuous activities. I also have several hand fans that come in hand.
    We have eight daughters. When they were still young we invested in a solar hot water heater and it has paid for itself many times over. It paid for itself again today since we all took showers or baths for Sunday church.
    As I stated earlier I used the alcohol burner in the fireplace. A simple one dish meal was easy to prepare.
    We have actually had to live this way when the power has gone out in the middle of the summer with high temperatures.
    Activities are realatively easy because we spend time reading and playing games on a regular basis anyway. WE know how to get along without electronic devices.

    I was reading in one of the other comments about water
    I recently talked to a city water quality expert. He said that the water that is in the canal has to be purified in order to use it. It is the water from the canals that goes to the city water plant to be purified.
    For us to do it we should let it drain through coffee filters to remove any sediment and then purify it.
    As for the pool. It has some things in it that are not treated by the chlorine but this is not the main concern. Water contains minerals. In our pools the water evaporates but the minerals don’t so they concentrate. They double in their amount in a year. Most pools are not emptied every year and so the concentration gets worse. It is not a problem to get a little into our systems when we are swimming but if we were to drink it it can cause dysentery. He said drink it as a last resort because it can make you very sick.

  • Kingscastle

    We are in an area for hurricanes but a month ago we had a sorm come up and lightening struck our house……took out AC TV Garage door and PC
    So we were without TV for a week and that was hard on hubby cause he likes the news and sports. So you never know when something will happen.
    My main concern is enough water….I was surprise to read about water in a canal being better than the water in the pool! I also head this on a survival TV show…..wonder why! Do we have to sign up somewhere for the give aways?

  • Jane

    Soup was cooked on the fire pit out side.

  • Jane

    Soup was cooked on the fire pit out side.

  • Jane

    Well I am on top of everything but I think you have all jinxed me. My little one got up at 12:30 last night and started throwing up. SO We really are sick at my house. Thankfully everyone is pulling along with the challenge and my sweet baby even turned down watching a movie because she did not want to lose the at the game we are playing. How sweet is that. Well we had a wonderful dinner tonight of homemade chicken noodle soup and crackers. Only thing she has been able to eat all day. Best to everyone. see you for the challenge tomorrow.

  • Jane

    Well I am on top of everything but I think you have all jinxed me. My little one got up at 12:30 last night and started throwing up. SO We really are sick at my house. Thankfully everyone is pulling along with the challenge and my sweet baby even turned down watching a movie because she did not want to lose the at the game we are playing. How sweet is that. Well we had a wonderful dinner tonight of homemade chicken noodle soup and crackers. Only thing she has been able to eat all day. Best to everyone. see you for the challenge tomorrow.

  • Kingscastle

    What herbs did you dry and how are you using them?

  • Kingscastle

    What herbs did you dry and how are you using them?

  • Kingscastle

    What herbs did you dry and how are you using them?

  • Kingscastle

    What herbs did you dry and how are you using them?

  • gendot

    One thing that might help everyone when colds and flu hit is to have pedialyte and gatorade on hand so that you don’t have to go to the store.
    I found some home-made recipes for both of these things online. I made up some of the gatorade ones that make 2L, and put the dry ingredients in the 2 liter pop containers. When everyone in the house is sick, no one has the energy to do much. This way, you just have to add some water (bottled, tap, stored—whatever you are using). These drinks help with rehydration when someone has a GI flu, as well as a respiratory bug.
    Also, be sure you have liquid and tablet form of tylenol or ibupofen. Keep some liquid and tablet form of benadryl on hand in case of allergic reactions to food or meds. Prevention is always better than treatment, so have things on hand to boost your immune system (herbal or otherwise), have soap and hand santizer at home, as well as cleaning/laundry supplies.

  • gendot

    One thing that might help everyone when colds and flu hit is to have pedialyte and gatorade on hand so that you don’t have to go to the store.
    I found some home-made recipes for both of these things online. I made up some of the gatorade ones that make 2L, and put the dry ingredients in the 2 liter pop containers. When everyone in the house is sick, no one has the energy to do much. This way, you just have to add some water (bottled, tap, stored—whatever you are using). These drinks help with rehydration when someone has a GI flu, as well as a respiratory bug.
    Also, be sure you have liquid and tablet form of tylenol or ibupofen. Keep some liquid and tablet form of benadryl on hand in case of allergic reactions to food or meds. Prevention is always better than treatment, so have things on hand to boost your immune system (herbal or otherwise), have soap and hand santizer at home, as well as cleaning/laundry supplies.

  • Beachy1mom

    Maryland had the worst winter on record (ever) this past winter & we managed to live very comfortably without electricity for 5 days. Wood burning stove kept us warm & cooked on it as well. We are not a sports minded family, so missing any football games was not a challenge. We decided that the lose of the internet would be a better challenge. Cooking on propane stove in pop up tent/camper has been the rule most of the challenge. Hubby chose to be the sickie, but I think he over did it a bit. Plenty of over the counter meds & chicken we canned up last year. Lots of dried herbs from the garden to help with sickness & food prep. Basicly just read & took stock of 72 hour pack today. Had to take some stuff out & restock it. Can’t wait for tomorrow!! We’ll have to drive to church as it too long to walk, but other than that, we’ll keep plugging away.

  • Beachy1mom

    Maryland had the worst winter on record (ever) this past winter & we managed to live very comfortably without electricity for 5 days. Wood burning stove kept us warm & cooked on it as well. We are not a sports minded family, so missing any football games was not a challenge. We decided that the lose of the internet would be a better challenge. Cooking on propane stove in pop up tent/camper has been the rule most of the challenge. Hubby chose to be the sickie, but I think he over did it a bit. Plenty of over the counter meds & chicken we canned up last year. Lots of dried herbs from the garden to help with sickness & food prep. Basicly just read & took stock of 72 hour pack today. Had to take some stuff out & restock it. Can’t wait for tomorrow!! We’ll have to drive to church as it too long to walk, but other than that, we’ll keep plugging away.

  • Dorothy

    This is a great one. My hubby and I are both members of the CERT(Community Emergency Response Team) team. In fact we are Team Leaders with the group in our ward, so we are pretty well up on how to respond in case of a wind event or heavy snow event. We usually just work in the command center. Guess the Fire Dept would get us where we need to go if we couldn’t drive there. But we are also qualified to do the door to door serch for folks that are in serious trouble. I know we aren’t suppose to leave the house, but hey, if a call out comes we go if we possibly can. As far as food and water we are fine. Meds for the flu we have covered. Don’t have TV hooked up but like someone else we can watch DVD’s and Video’s. Our meals would be cooked on the propane stove in the camp trailer parked right beside the house. A rope from the house to the trailer acts as a guide if the snow is blowing that bad. We don’t require a lot of entertaining and to stay warm we have a fire place and lots of blankets and sleeping bags.

  • Dorothy

    This is a great one. My hubby and I are both members of the CERT(Community Emergency Response Team) team. In fact we are Team Leaders with the group in our ward, so we are pretty well up on how to respond in case of a wind event or heavy snow event. We usually just work in the command center. Guess the Fire Dept would get us where we need to go if we couldn’t drive there. But we are also qualified to do the door to door serch for folks that are in serious trouble. I know we aren’t suppose to leave the house, but hey, if a call out comes we go if we possibly can. As far as food and water we are fine. Meds for the flu we have covered. Don’t have TV hooked up but like someone else we can watch DVD’s and Video’s. Our meals would be cooked on the propane stove in the camp trailer parked right beside the house. A rope from the house to the trailer acts as a guide if the snow is blowing that bad. We don’t require a lot of entertaining and to stay warm we have a fire place and lots of blankets and sleeping bags.

  • Gh26

    I consider us lucky in England and we don’t suffer from really bad weather conditions. We last had a really bad hurricane in 1987 (I was only 7 but I remember how my Mum and Dad managed to deal with the week we all had to stay at home). I think we have minor earthquakes now and then but we don’t ever feel them and it doesnt cause destruction and although it rains – a lot! – we’re not in a flood risk area. That said it doesnt hurt to be prepared – we have grit and salt in our garage ready for winter snow, we have sandbags in there too in case it starts to flood and we can at least try to protect our property! Today we’re staying in. I have been entertaining myself by cleaning, reading and scrapbooking. I had cereal for breakfast, mac n cheese out of a can for lunch (warmed up using our BBQ hob with calor gas bottle) and for dinner I am making Chicken fahitas – I’ve taken the chicken out of the freezer and it’s defrosting as I type. I even managed to make some cinnamon pastries on the BBQ which were delicious as a sweet snack. I’m trying to think of a desert for after dinner now though. I didn’t realise how much I relied on my kitchen oven!

    As for the cold. It’s freezing in my house today. I turned the heating off and added a few extra layers of clothes. The blankets have come out on the sofa and I’ve heated some water up on the BBQ hob and poured it into a hot water bottle. I also have some heat pads where you click the little thing inside and they warm up – theyre reusable to when I’m allowed to boil water properly on the kitchen hob again I’ll be making sure I reuse them!

  • Gh26

    I consider us lucky in England and we don’t suffer from really bad weather conditions. We last had a really bad hurricane in 1987 (I was only 7 but I remember how my Mum and Dad managed to deal with the week we all had to stay at home). I think we have minor earthquakes now and then but we don’t ever feel them and it doesnt cause destruction and although it rains – a lot! – we’re not in a flood risk area. That said it doesnt hurt to be prepared – we have grit and salt in our garage ready for winter snow, we have sandbags in there too in case it starts to flood and we can at least try to protect our property! Today we’re staying in. I have been entertaining myself by cleaning, reading and scrapbooking. I had cereal for breakfast, mac n cheese out of a can for lunch (warmed up using our BBQ hob with calor gas bottle) and for dinner I am making Chicken fahitas – I’ve taken the chicken out of the freezer and it’s defrosting as I type. I even managed to make some cinnamon pastries on the BBQ which were delicious as a sweet snack. I’m trying to think of a desert for after dinner now though. I didn’t realise how much I relied on my kitchen oven!

    As for the cold. It’s freezing in my house today. I turned the heating off and added a few extra layers of clothes. The blankets have come out on the sofa and I’ve heated some water up on the BBQ hob and poured it into a hot water bottle. I also have some heat pads where you click the little thing inside and they warm up – theyre reusable to when I’m allowed to boil water properly on the kitchen hob again I’ll be making sure I reuse them!

  • gwenbru

    Here in Virginia at this time of year we’re likely to have severe thunderstorms and/or lots of wind (as we did a couple of days ago) and occasionally tornadoes. In the winter, just regular snow is enough to bring the area to a halt, but we sometimes get bad ice storms that cause lots of damage and can cause a loss of electricity.

    We’re good to go for a long time. I have a couple of butane burners that work great for cooking indoors and I’ve already made a big pot of oatmeal for breakfast. I’m going to use a sterno stove and fuel for lunch, just to see how well it works. For dinner, we’ll have spaghetti cooked on the butane.

    As far as no electricity, we’ve been pretending we have none through this whole challenge. It REALLY helps to see how long batteries, fuel, etc. last when you’re using them for several days. We’ve been opening our windows at night when it’s cool outside, then closing windows and blinds during the day and it really helps to keep the inside cool–even when it’s 90 degrees outside!

    We’ll be entertaining with books, games, puzzles, etc. and we have plenty of medicines to treat a variety of illnesses, including stuff like ginger ale, chicken soup, etc. And none of us watch football even when we can, so that’s an easy one.

  • gwenbru

    Here in Virginia at this time of year we’re likely to have severe thunderstorms and/or lots of wind (as we did a couple of days ago) and occasionally tornadoes. In the winter, just regular snow is enough to bring the area to a halt, but we sometimes get bad ice storms that cause lots of damage and can cause a loss of electricity.

    We’re good to go for a long time. I have a couple of butane burners that work great for cooking indoors and I’ve already made a big pot of oatmeal for breakfast. I’m going to use a sterno stove and fuel for lunch, just to see how well it works. For dinner, we’ll have spaghetti cooked on the butane.

    As far as no electricity, we’ve been pretending we have none through this whole challenge. It REALLY helps to see how long batteries, fuel, etc. last when you’re using them for several days. We’ve been opening our windows at night when it’s cool outside, then closing windows and blinds during the day and it really helps to keep the inside cool–even when it’s 90 degrees outside!

    We’ll be entertaining with books, games, puzzles, etc. and we have plenty of medicines to treat a variety of illnesses, including stuff like ginger ale, chicken soup, etc. And none of us watch football even when we can, so that’s an easy one.

  • Lianne,
    How do you use rosemary (I have some in my garden) and pine, willow (neighbors have those) trees to help symptoms of the flu?

  • Patti R

    We have snow storms here. Last year when we had our first snow storm we checked out our resourses. I had bought a stove from Smart & Final several years ago. It uses a bottle fuel that can be used inside. I always have the propane camp stoves that I picked up on clearance at Kmart. I always check out the clearance areas, to see where I can fill in. If I have sun the solar oven will work, but if not I have the stoves. Lots of board games and reading good books. Also have a wood burning fireplace to help keep the front room warm.

  • Patti R

    We have snow storms here. Last year when we had our first snow storm we checked out our resourses. I had bought a stove from Smart & Final several years ago. It uses a bottle fuel that can be used inside. I always have the propane camp stoves that I picked up on clearance at Kmart. I always check out the clearance areas, to see where I can fill in. If I have sun the solar oven will work, but if not I have the stoves. Lots of board games and reading good books. Also have a wood burning fireplace to help keep the front room warm.

  • Hntersmom

    well, i guess we are out of this one because we are going to a company picnic with my mil(she’s driving over 60 miles to go to it)
    do we get extra points because no one here watches football anyways? 🙂

  • Hntersmom

    well, i guess we are out of this one because we are going to a company picnic with my mil(she’s driving over 60 miles to go to it)
    do we get extra points because no one here watches football anyways? 🙂

  • Guest

    We are prone to various weather-related issues in the northeast. Last year we had a big winter storm. Right now, we can easily go without heat or a/c, but in the winter it would be a challenge. Last winter, I was glad that we had a Mr. Heater Big Buddy, which is an indoor-safe propane heater. I need to get more small bottles of propane, though, or the adapter hose that would let me hook it up to a large grill-type propane tank (and the tank has to stay outside somehow, I guess through a window.)

  • Guest

    We are prone to various weather-related issues in the northeast. Last year we had a big winter storm. Right now, we can easily go without heat or a/c, but in the winter it would be a challenge. Last winter, I was glad that we had a Mr. Heater Big Buddy, which is an indoor-safe propane heater. I need to get more small bottles of propane, though, or the adapter hose that would let me hook it up to a large grill-type propane tank (and the tank has to stay outside somehow, I guess through a window.)

  • Kaytee

    Not sure what “severe weather” would be here in San Diego– maybe a quarter inch of much needed rain?? That’s all it takes to make people drive crazy…. Our local disasters tend to be wildfires and earthquakes (had to evacuate briefly for one fire; the last local earthquake just knocked a few boxes of crackers off the top of the fridge and a wooden doll off the mantle).
    We can cook on the gas stove– which, although it does have an electric pilot, can be lit with a match (and has to be done that way at the moment for all but one burner anyway).
    Have wood in the fireplace– I suppose we could cook hotdogs over the flames…. The fireplace doesn’t provide much warmth– it’s more “decorative” than practical, but we have more blankets in the cupboards, and sweaters if more warmth is needed.

  • Kaytee

    Not sure what “severe weather” would be here in San Diego– maybe a quarter inch of much needed rain?? That’s all it takes to make people drive crazy…. Our local disasters tend to be wildfires and earthquakes (had to evacuate briefly for one fire; the last local earthquake just knocked a few boxes of crackers off the top of the fridge and a wooden doll off the mantle).
    We can cook on the gas stove– which, although it does have an electric pilot, can be lit with a match (and has to be done that way at the moment for all but one burner anyway).
    Have wood in the fireplace– I suppose we could cook hotdogs over the flames…. The fireplace doesn’t provide much warmth– it’s more “decorative” than practical, but we have more blankets in the cupboards, and sweaters if more warmth is needed.

  • Shotzeedog

    For us it would be an ice storm. I can cook our meals in my cast iron cookware in the fireplace. We already have the chimney swept and loaded up with split firewood. Or I can use our Sterno stoves. We have lots of canned foods and dried foods to make meals from. To keep warm by the fireplace we close off the room and use sweaters and lap quilts. We love to read and have a bunch of books and magazines to keep us occupied.

  • Shotzeedog

    For us it would be an ice storm. I can cook our meals in my cast iron cookware in the fireplace. We already have the chimney swept and loaded up with split firewood. Or I can use our Sterno stoves. We have lots of canned foods and dried foods to make meals from. To keep warm by the fireplace we close off the room and use sweaters and lap quilts. We love to read and have a bunch of books and magazines to keep us occupied.

  • Barbara

    My food storage is not what it should be. We will be moving in a few months and have been eating it down for a while. I am really lacking in some areas. My garden is just producing herbs and tomatoes right now, so I am out of fresh food. I didn’t buy the freezer that I learned through last year’s challenge I needed, because we’re moving. It will be one of the first items purchased after our move. Thank you again Jodi and Julie. You are definitely going to save some lives by helping us properly prepare.

  • Barbara

    My food storage is not what it should be. We will be moving in a few months and have been eating it down for a while. I am really lacking in some areas. My garden is just producing herbs and tomatoes right now, so I am out of fresh food. I didn’t buy the freezer that I learned through last year’s challenge I needed, because we’re moving. It will be one of the first items purchased after our move. Thank you again Jodi and Julie. You are definitely going to save some lives by helping us properly prepare.

  • Nd_randall

    We don’t have TV. We do have a television, but can only watch VHS or DVD’s on it. No football for us.

  • Nd_randall

    We don’t have TV. We do have a television, but can only watch VHS or DVD’s on it. No football for us.

  • Nicole R

    Okay. . .it must be an early blizzard, then – rats! Winter clothes stored in computer room’s closet (easily accessible). Wood furnace was hooked up/ turned on yesterday, husband’s job to fill, I get to stay in. If that doesn’t work, we have an emergency box stove in basement that takes wood (wood is stacked right outside garage back door).
    I have just one bunsen burner, but I can keep fondue warm with alcohol on a rag. (dehydrated cheese, powdered milk, homemade bread, and soup – just warm up couple cans from 3 month storage.) Cooking inside without use of our two extra propane tanks takes thought, I am wondering if I put the grill in the open garage, does that count, and would it be safe? I’m really interested to see what others do today.
    Stay home – well, aside from probably having to help get Father in Law back home from hospital, easy. (By the way, all that extra food yesterday came in handy to feed my MIL at 9:30, when she finally rolled in the drive.)
    Sick with flu – I’ve got lots of bottled juices, even have the makings for a pedialyte-type drink, with extra supplies to make it. I always have Chicken Noodle on hand, lots of fever-reducing medicine (I buy on sale & coupons).
    Thinking about severe cold – I’d keep the taps that have pipes along outside walls running just a trickle – a burst pipe is not fun. I also would conserve heat by closing doors, and hanging out more in the living room/kitchen area.
    I need a snow shovel. I also need more wool socks, probably on sale right now. . . 🙂
    Thank you ladies. And, I like the idea of one emergency a month – surprise.
    Don’t forget to inventory and doublecheck one’s 3 month storage – I’ve ‘assummed’ things were set, until I go make a dish, and husband has used up something.

  • Nicole R

    Okay. . .it must be an early blizzard, then – rats! Winter clothes stored in computer room’s closet (easily accessible). Wood furnace was hooked up/ turned on yesterday, husband’s job to fill, I get to stay in. If that doesn’t work, we have an emergency box stove in basement that takes wood (wood is stacked right outside garage back door).
    I have just one bunsen burner, but I can keep fondue warm with alcohol on a rag. (dehydrated cheese, powdered milk, homemade bread, and soup – just warm up couple cans from 3 month storage.) Cooking inside without use of our two extra propane tanks takes thought, I am wondering if I put the grill in the open garage, does that count, and would it be safe? I’m really interested to see what others do today.
    Stay home – well, aside from probably having to help get Father in Law back home from hospital, easy. (By the way, all that extra food yesterday came in handy to feed my MIL at 9:30, when she finally rolled in the drive.)
    Sick with flu – I’ve got lots of bottled juices, even have the makings for a pedialyte-type drink, with extra supplies to make it. I always have Chicken Noodle on hand, lots of fever-reducing medicine (I buy on sale & coupons).
    Thinking about severe cold – I’d keep the taps that have pipes along outside walls running just a trickle – a burst pipe is not fun. I also would conserve heat by closing doors, and hanging out more in the living room/kitchen area.
    I need a snow shovel. I also need more wool socks, probably on sale right now. . . 🙂
    Thank you ladies. And, I like the idea of one emergency a month – surprise.
    Don’t forget to inventory and doublecheck one’s 3 month storage – I’ve ‘assummed’ things were set, until I go make a dish, and husband has used up something.

  • Lianne

    This is going to be fun…we are prone to earthquakes, flooding and volcanic activity here, I also live in a tsunami risk area so all of these are potential issues. I have planned escape routes and alternatives, plus have three different options for transport (including my own two feet).
    The family illness is manageable as I have rosemary and both pine and willow trees within 100 metres of the house! All the medicine I need to treat the flu plus normal medicines in my first aid kit and my BOB.
    Cooking is on my homemade spirit stove…in poor weather I cook in the conservatory with an open window for ventilation. So far my family are playing along and are very co-operative but having sweet treats in my food store has helped morale (note to self…replace the treats ASAP, as soon as the seven day challenge is over). I use to poo poo the need for comfort foods and sweet treats in my storage but they have HUGELY helped with morale.
    Alot of our meals come from the garden which is helping me not to have to resort to raiding my stores too much.
    Keeping warm is an issue as our main heating is by LPG heater and as that is our main source of warmth…..I do have a small alaskan stove that I could rig up in the conservatory and I have plenty of combustable material (thanks to the gale force winds we had last night).
    So far so good….keep em coming ladies, I’m learning my limitations and what skills I can rely on.

    • Lianne,
      How do you use rosemary (I have some in my garden) and pine, willow (neighbors have those) trees to help symptoms of the flu?

      • Glittermomma

        willow bark is for fever and aches(as a tea-steep for approx 5 to ten minutes—DO NOT USE IF YOU REACT TO ASPERIN!!!), pine is for congestion-use essential oil in a bowl of hot water-if you don’t have oil then find a pine tree and use a few needles, rosemary is for congestion(as a tea or in a hot bath),

  • Lianne

    This is going to be fun…we are prone to earthquakes, flooding and volcanic activity here, I also live in a tsunami risk area so all of these are potential issues. I have planned escape routes and alternatives, plus have three different options for transport (including my own two feet).
    The family illness is manageable as I have rosemary and both pine and willow trees within 100 metres of the house! All the medicine I need to treat the flu plus normal medicines in my first aid kit and my BOB.
    Cooking is on my homemade spirit stove…in poor weather I cook in the conservatory with an open window for ventilation. So far my family are playing along and are very co-operative but having sweet treats in my food store has helped morale (note to self…replace the treats ASAP, as soon as the seven day challenge is over). I use to poo poo the need for comfort foods and sweet treats in my storage but they have HUGELY helped with morale.
    Alot of our meals come from the garden which is helping me not to have to resort to raiding my stores too much.
    Keeping warm is an issue as our main heating is by LPG heater and as that is our main source of warmth…..I do have a small alaskan stove that I could rig up in the conservatory and I have plenty of combustable material (thanks to the gale force winds we had last night).
    So far so good….keep em coming ladies, I’m learning my limitations and what skills I can rely on.