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 family and friends are starting to figure out that you have a great food storage. Your mother-in-law (or friend, or grandma, or fill-in-the-blank) just called you this morning and asked if she could come by later today and check out your preps. She is interested to learn how much you have, and how you rotate it all. She even hints that she might want to purchase some food for you for a gift.
Once you organize, tidy, and inventory your food storage you are DONE the challenge and can celebrate however you choose, whether it be with a dunford donut (Julie) or a big gulp (Jodi). You may just want to go out and get cracking on your “To-Buy” list now that you have determined what preps and food you still need.
- Organize your kitchen pantry and any food storage areas in your home
- Evaluate where your appliances are in your home to make cooking with food storage easier
- Move some of your long term food storage up to your kitchen area to encourage you to use it more
- Check your water supplies, refill any empty containers
- Inventory your long term food storage items (you may use our calculator)
- Inventory your three month supply items (you may use our worksheet)
- Look at your Disaster Kits, do you need to swap clothes out? Rotate food? Do what you can now and make a list of anything you may need to buy
- For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants … UNTIL YOU ARE FINISHED!
- Make cute labels for your buckets, shelves, etc. (label tutorial | bucket labels)
- Make a complete list of what you still need to buy (long term AND three month supply) so that your guest can purchase some of it for you for a gift.
- Review all of your week’s report cards and compile them into one list of future things to do/buy
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