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.
You have decided to take a pleasant Sunday afternoon drive to enjoy the scenery of the changing leaves. However, a little while into your drive disaster strikes. One of your tires has a blow-out and you are in an area with no cell phone service. To make matters worse your battery died too and it is a full hour before someone arrives to help give you a jump.
- Take a drive with your family or a friend or two
- Change your car’s tire out on the side of the road (view tutorial)
- Wait for one hour in your vehicle with the engine turned off (it’s dead remember).
- You and your other car passengers must be entertained, kept warm/cool, and given a snack and a drink.
- You must have jumper cables in your car to charge your battery.
- If you have children of driving age, give them a lesson on how to change a tire and make them practice it at least once
- For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
- For women, you must change the tire yourself. No cheating and getting your husband to do it.
- You can’t call roadside service because you are in a dead cell phone area.
- Wait in your car for 3 hours instead of 1, and make it during a meal time.
- While changing the tire you accidentally locked your keys in the car. Can you pick the lock?
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE COMPLETELY 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.
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder