7 DAY CHALLENGE 2012

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Well, we did it. We completed another 7 Day Challenge. The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month in September. The Challenge was a week long series of mock emergencies with daily limitations and tasks to help assess your level of preparedness. On a surprise day in September, participants were notified that the Challenge had begum. Most of the learning and fun occurs as we shared our experiences through comments, surveys, and facebook. This year we thought we could do something a little fun for our readers who either missed the Challenge, or wanted to share it with their friends. We compiled each day's challenges and report cards and put together a document you could share with your friends, and encourage them to be more…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. Today you felt a prompting to do an act of service for someone in need. A dear friend is really struggling and it would be very helpful if you brought him/her a meal or a special treat. You have a super busy day with no time to run to the store, but you still want to…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. A horrible hurricane (or earthquake, or other disaster) is about to hit your area. You have to evacuate within minutes and eat out of your 72 hour kits today. While you were gone your house was destroyed. Lots to think about today. Goal: Test your family's evacuation plan and 72 hour kit foods
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (SUNDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. A drunk driver struck a power line near your house today. Power is out in your entire neighborhood all day long. You must cook meals for your family using no electricity, and make a NICE Sunday dinner! You must also entertain yourself (and your family members) without electronics (the HORROR). Goal: Practice living without electricity
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 (SATURDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. One of your elderly parents (or grandparents, or dear friend, or child) is having severe health problems and can no longer afford home health care. You were asked to come and live with them for 2 months to help out with their day to day living and have to leave TOMORROW. Today you must help your…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 (FRIDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. Health care costs in your country have gone through the roof. Battles are waging between government, doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. All doctors have gone on strike leaving a gaping hole in available medical care in your community. Today will focus on what you will need to do to prepare your family for all kinds of…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (THURSDAY)

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (THURSDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. Please note: Today is a NEW emergency, none of the limitations listed yesterday apply. Your country is experiencing a WAR and the water purification facility in your area has been bombed. All water services coming to your home have been halted indefinitely. (If you use well water, your well was destroyed too!) Today you will practice…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY)

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY)

7 Day Challenge
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. Oil prices have skyrocketed causing serious economic crisis and food shortage due to transportation costs. In many areas food is GONE from the shelves. If there is food available it is at ridiculous prices that you cannot afford. Luckily, you have been following our blog and have accumulated quite a bit of food storage. Today you…
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Book Review: Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites

Book Reviews
 Savoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites More than 100 Year Round Recipes by Sara Wells & Kate Jones Background: A little over a year ago, I discovered the website Our Best Bites. One of my friends had posted a link on facebook to their recipe for Cadbury Mini Egg cookies. Cadbury Mini Eggs and I are kind of soul mates, so this recipe caught my attention. After browsing their site, I fell in love immediately. The site is by 2 young moms who love to cook and share great recipes that are DELICIOUS. Their first cook book is amazing, and now that their new cookbook is out, we're thrilled to be reviewing it. Alright- at this point you may be asking yourself "What does this have to do with…
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September is National Preparedness Month!

Emergency Preparedness, Events
We love September as we celebrate National Preparedness Month with blog readers around the world. We have seen LOTS of ways you can get in on the fun and wanted to share a few of them here. We encourage everyone to jump in to events online, but also to organize or participate in local events, even just with your family and friends. Being prepared is so important for a whole community and this is a great time to start (or continue) that discussion. Food Storage Made Easy: 7 Day Challenge This year will be the FOURTH year that we have put on our 7 Day Challenge where we test our readers (and ourselves) on how prepared we all really are. It is always an eye-opening experience and helps us find…
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