The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (FRIDAY)

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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, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


The wiring in your house has gone haywire due to an electric fire in your circuit panel. Your stove and the rest of the kitchen circuits have been affected. You cannot cook in your kitchen until a repairman comes out to fix it tomorrow. Keep your fridge closed to preserve your food as much as possible.
Goal: Practice powerless cooking techniques today

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook all your meals and snacks today without using electricity
  • Wash your dishes by hand (no dishwasher!)
  • Make a fuel inventory and estimate how many meals you can cook using the fuel you have on hand
  • SHARING TIME: Share a picture of your cooking tool of choice today on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #7daychallenge)or write up your experiences and what you learned in the blog comments or on our Facebook discussion thread today.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants
  • You may only open your refrigerator ONE TIME today (choose wisely!)
  • You cannot use any appliances in your kitchen to cook
  • No plugging in appliances in other rooms (that’s cheating!)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a batch of bread using no electric tools
  • Build a simple stove or oven you could use to cook with no power (some ideas and tutorials can be found at this link)

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.


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  • Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
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1 Kindle Cook Kit (flameless cooking system) + 12 extra heating pouches

TODAY’S WINNER: Rodger P who posted a number of pictures on our facebook wall today of his cooking tools. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Email us at info@ foodstoragemadeeasy .net to get your prize

  • Susanne Reuss

    This is a big gap in my preps. I did buy a small bbq this summer but have no idea how to use it (waiting for my son to come to town and show me). If this was real I would be eating cold beans for dinner.

  • AB

    Well, I did the dishes by hand and didn’t use the oven or microwave. I missed the limitation on no using the kitchen until we had already used the gas stove for breakfast, oops. There was no way we could only open the refridgerator only once so we pretty much gave up on that one. That should be an advanced task at least for anyone with kids! I planned to use the side burner of the gas grill outside to cook dinner but it was taking too long and the kids were starving so I went back to the stove. Of course as I was shutting it off I noticed the tank was almost empty, that may have been the problem. Need to swap with the spare in the garage and get that refiiled next week. As far as fuel inventory between bbq propane, charcoal, esbit cubes, and instafire packages I think we could go 3 weeks only heating dinners. That’s not including using the regular gas stove (we’re on propane), the woodburning stove, or the sun oven. I think we are good for cooking, now not having a ‘fridge for an extended period would be a much bigger issue.

  • Holly

    My report: My help couldn’t figure out how to get my photo to show of us eating, using propane campstove outside connected to big tank with hose (hubby wasn’t sick this year-despite my request to keep it together, even give things homes, he likes me to play hide and seek ) so I posted it on one of the facebook posts today. I’ve four videos to share. We could’ve just put all the fridge food in the cooler but hubby’s a snob, said that is too much work, we have 2 generators and gas. (I think he knew I’d say, hey lets clean the fridge it’s empty:) So I said lets get out the big generator. I had trouble using the gas cans so we have a video to share of that. Then I decided it would be good to make videos on how to start both for my reference. We bought them both at Costco so I thought that may be helpful to some. Then we used alcohol stove, a cut off pop can, to make hot cocoa, took minutes. Husband made a stand out of a coat hanger, put the water in can peaches came in. The wire hangers aren’t worth much after a use, but would be ok in a 72 hr kit. Maybe a small grate like you put your food on for a BBQ.

    • Holly

      We looked online for help to estimate how long two 5 gallon/25 pound tanks would last. According to estimates it would be 4 months. However, I think that is if you are mostly heating. I asked city about having a big tank and they referred us to the state LP board of NM. No rush now, as we learned this morning, we must spend thousands on a new furnace as it is emitting carbon dioxide! Other thoughts of the day: We called the city about laws about storing gas and found their is NO law, referred us to fire chief? Fireman answered suggested 50 gallons. They like to have a chat, probably to walk you through some common sense like how the cans are stored ie not the garage attached to house etc. We realized our swamp cooler is hardwired, so their is no easy/quick way to plug into generator, this summer when we had a evening outage. We are likely to put in the small window ac we have at the beginning of summer after a friend and her kids all got very sick when her central ac died and they had to wait days for repair. If already in window, then I’d just have to fill the small genny with gas and run a cord to it. We bought insulation to close in the back sliding door where the cord was coming in. We had quotes for a transfer switch to be installed. Putting that off due to spending on the furnace. We have a tool that measure power electric appliances use except it shows the immediate draw not a range like watts needed at start up for example. We still thought it might be nice to videotape the screen while appliances were running, as one could pause the video, possibly get a range. I was thinking how we might overcome needing to pull large appliances out to unplug/plug back in multiple times, then push them back in, during a longer outage. After we had hurricane force 1 winds, gusting to 89mph, here in Albuquerque on 7-26, (we were outside, under a metal roof open on three sides, see on you tube, Albuquerque zoo 7-26) some didn’t have power for 4-5 days. Perhaps have a handful of shorter cords, so you could plug the 100 ft extension cord attached to the generator to a short cord connected to appliance? I knew someone who cooked a lot of their meat before they frozen it, so it was ready to eat if thawed, ie beef with taco seasoning so it is ready for burritos or a salad… There is more I could share about those interested in generators. We’ve an alarm on our front and garage doors, harder for my little man to escape or get hurt. Dealing with all that gas I was reminded that we talked about getting a smoke detector for outside of our sons room that our voice can be recorded on instead of beeping. I think it was Dateline, where I learned they did a study and kids don’t wake up to beeping if asleep. What if we had not had our furnace inspected AND didn’t have carbon monoxide detectors? Or a fire started, he wasn’t woken to get us help to get out? Time to teach him how to call 911 and to open the door for police, fire, EMTs etc.

      • Holly

        Too more missed notes. Our hard coolers are kept in the garage where they get dirty, perhaps one should be kept where it is cleaner in case we need to empty the fridge AND we are using stored water. I guess we could put the food inside a kitchen garbage bag place inside. 2 It is a no no to use a generator in the rain, so we need to buy something very sturdy like the square versions of the RV tents, with walls so we could use it during a windy monsoon. Our garage flooded twice this summer due to blocked city drain up the street. The second time water was almost in the house and it was 2 AM. No one to call (considered the fire department) and Lowe’s was closed. Luckily we had a sump pump. The lights flickered, it could’ve been devastating without that pump. Now we have a 2nd pump and 2nd generator(and we don’t store them in the same shed)!

  • Jackie

    This is why I am not all electric! We have a propane stove…..a box oven which works very good! Sun oven and wonder oven. We did mt house beef stew today and Everest mt. tropical pineapple and chicken and rice.
    We Dutch oven cook also but I can see where you need some way to cook if there is a burn ban … this prize would be good to have. I want to learn to cook with the #10 cans……I have been collecting different size cans for a while to use. A volcano stove would be nice to make out of one.

  • oakl2003

    Well, we had no school today and when I told the kids what we were gonna do they said, “EWW, gross!” We had toast toasted on the grill and THRIVE scrambled eggs, and chocolate drink mix. They thought it was so good they wanted more. For round two of breakfast we had oatmeal, brown sugar, cinnamon, dry milk and THRIVE peaches that we put in a mason jar added boiling water, put the lid on and let it sit for 5 mins. That was yummy and fun to make. I could have stuck with the grill all day, but this was to practise right? So for lunch I did mac n cheese using a small wing stove and a nesbit square, my daughter was impressed. For dinner I cooked in my cast iron dutch oven for the very first time I was so excited. We had chicken and rice. Using THRIVE instant rice, THRIVE freeze dried chicken and other THRIVE veggies. Once I got the coals going it only took 15 minutes to cook. We washed all our dishes by hand and we survivied. I would like to have a #10 can with kindling to start my coals, I would also like one of those chimney things for my coals and a fire pit would be lovely.
    Have pictures I want to post on facebook. Took a ton.

  • Allison Zundel Grigg

    kids were excited about hand washing dishes…then they got the stomach flu. so much for that plan. dinner on the camp stove since i haven’t put together my cardboard box oven yet. want to learn how to use our charcoal bbq and how to cook over an open fire- made a fire pit last year but need something like an oven rack to put across so i can use a pan…will check at the thrift store

  • alaska_carol

    Cooking today without the stove and fridge… Ok Beans are boiling on the top of the wood stove and biscuits are going to go in the little folding camp oven on top soon. Should be a good dinner.

    For breakfast we had cold cereal and milk. Didn’t open the fridge because I got the milk from our milk goat and it was strained and then used 🙂 I will need to put away tonight’s milking as I milk her very late and no one will want a bunch of tempid milk at bed time.

    lunch was the fridge open to get the lunch meat and cheese. This was the end of the package of both, so there was no need to open it back up to put it away.

    I am excited to learn more about cooking on top of the wood stove. It is not a cook stove, but the top is flat. A few weeks ago I also collected all the propane tanks from all around the house and had them filled at the gas station. We have enough propane to run our outdoor stove long enough to do canning or the heater in the camper for at least 2 weeks.

  • Trisa

    I started the day with firing up the chiminea for coffee. Once the water is hot enough, I can put the filter basket onto the coffee pot and pour the water over the grounds. Why didn’t I use the campfire percolator? It was out of sight and out of mind. I wrapped a frozen breakfast sandwich in foil and tossed it into the fire to cook. Lunch we heated leftovers in the chiminea, a choice of beef stew or vegetable soup. For dinner, we heated hot dogs, chili and corn on the grill. But the corn went a little too long and was very smoky. We also were able to grill tortillas with a just add water mix I found at Kroger, which is my nod to making bread. Dishes were done by heating water and adding it and soap to one bucket, while using cold water in another bucket to rinse. Lysol wipes were used on the outside patio table doubling as counter and eating area. Afterwards, we sat ouside and enjoyed playing cards until dark. We have solar yard lights that charged all day and are great portable lights for our evening use. Much safer for little ones to carry than a lit candle. You can stand them in a vase or glass and put them on the bathroom counter or bedside table and have a nice friendly glow for the little ones.

  • Tracie

    Great day. All three meals cooked by different means. We made dinner rolls on the grill for the advanced task. They were pretty good but a little too brown on the outside. I need a bit more practice with my dutch oven but overall a great experience.

  • Vicki

    I have been stocking up on the two packs of little propane tanks to use for our camp stove. I also have a Jetboil that has small fuel containers and the Jetboil holds a quart of water. We love using it for boiling water for our Mountain House meals. This challenge was easy because we only used a camp stove to cook for three years as we were building our house 🙂

  • Jaclyn Wade

    Well, I bombed today. I found out that we need more propane for the grill. And cloudy skies dont cook well for sun ovens. But we do have a generator with fuel for 3 days. So I could have cooked but I was still using electricity. Had it been winter I would have used my fireplace and cast iron pans, but still in 80s during the days. Had it been a true emergency I could have had I fire outside. Think I am going to add a couple propane tanks in the storage shed.

  • DeeDee Lear Quigg

    Breakfast… Cereal, lunch…. PBJ, Dinner? Guess I can turn on the propane grill and make burgers with the thawing meat. Foil on potatoes and dinner is done.

  • Donna Fitzpatrick

    So I think today’s challenge is the easiest by far. We don’t have a dishwasher so doing the dishes by hand is nothing new. I do have a question… If I have a gas stove/oven, is using that cheating if I manually light it instead of relying on the electronic ignition? We had to do that when our power was out a few weeks ago. I am asking because of the bread making step in the challenge. I have baked it on the grill before, (results were not great, a little burnt on the bottom, but it was edible) it’s raining and would prefer not to have to be out in the rain since I already have a cold. Also, I don’t think a solar oven is going to very useful even though my husband and I are planning on building one when he gets home from work (yes it’s a little late and I wouldn’t have enough daylight to use it once it was made anyway, but I’m happy that he wants to participate so I am not going to discourage him by telling him that!) Holding off on opening the refigerator until it’s time to make dinner. I love all of the tutorials that you make available to assist with the challenges!! All of the challenges have been very enlightening.

  • Denise Green

    Ugh – I wrote out a long post, and it deleted it while I made an account! I’ll try to recreate it. I hope its not duplicating and I just can’t see it.

    I’m a night shift RN – came home this morning, and dh had cold cereal with milk, I had a granola bar. I fired up the propane grill and started water boiling. I added a homemade rice mix to the boiling water and put in a large thermos (set on it’s side as previous trials have shown it cooks and absorbs better) for his lunch. He had that with home canned pears. I slept for 6 hours, got up and started the charcoal grill. I’m cooking canned ham sliced on the grill with Native “Ghost Bread”. . .I also wrapped russet potatoes in foil and put them in the coals along with foil wrapped cored apples with raisins and cinnamon. Here’s the recipe for the Ghost Bread.

    Ghost Bread

    2 cups flour
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 cup dry milk
    1 cup warm water
    1/4 cup shortening or 1/4 cup lard


    In a bowl combine all except the shortening or lard.
    Mix until batter is smooth.
    In a skillet heat shortening or lard on medium heat till melted.
    Using a wooden spoon scoop a large spoon full from the bread batter and place it in the shortening.
    Let cook about 30 seconds or until bottom is firm enough to slip spatula under and flip over.
    Carefully turn the dough over and press with spatula to flatten.
    You may have to press it down several times.
    When it gets light brown around the edges turn it over and cook till edges are browned.
    Serve warm or place in baggies after cooling and eat as desired.

    • Trisa

      Does the ghost bread resemble a biscuit? My ex is native Seneca and he described ghost bread as a biscuit that they serve beans over. Sounds like a totally pantry friendly, and yummy meal. Coincidentally, I got a lot of produce from a fund raiser at the high school and have been looking for a pear recipe to try out in my canner. Do you mind sharing? Thank you!

      • Denise Green

        the ghost bread is somewhere between a pancake and a flat bread/bannok type bread. I just use the Ball Blue book for canning my pears , I make a light syrup and can them like the book says.

        • Trisa

          Thanks, Denise. I will definitely give the ghost bread a try!

    • Jackie

      I wonder how this would be using spelt or kamut flour…

      • Denise Green

        I’ve never tried it with either. Might be ok , but you might have to adjust the liquids.

  • Mecrawf

    So today I’ve been cooking with a campfire. I have a list of meals that can be made with just boiling water so that I only need one pan any time I go camping. This morning we had cream of wheat, for lunch we had baggie omlettes and for dinner I am making chicken, potatoes and gravy. If I were to only open the fridge once today, i would only need to get eggs, a sweet heat pepper, two stalks of celery, and a cup of milk for the whole day. The milk would go in the cereal so that it didn’t sit out and the rest could sit out until lunch. My baggie omlettes are just eggs, veggies, bacon veggie substitute from Auguson Farms with salt and pepper. You put everything in the baggie, zip it shut, smoosh it around and put in boiling water. They turn out great 🙂 For the chicken, potatoes and gravy, I use 1 cup of potato pearls with the 1 1/4 cup boiling water. After I get those whipped up, I use my gravy mix with 1 cup of cool water to get it started. After I get it stirred in, I add my strained canned chicken and put on the fire. After it thickens up, you just pour the gravy and chicken over your pototoes. Family favorite 🙂 If I was at my house and not at a camp ground, I would use my chiminea. We have a small chiminea that we place an oven rack over. If the pan is bigger than the mouth of the chiminea chimney, you need to suspend the grill grate/oven rack just above so that the air flow isn’t disrupted. I am able to boil water this way in about an hour. It takes a while but I can do this on my covered front porch so even if it rains I can still cook. We had fun today and look forward to tomorrow’s challenge!

  • Gabby

    I thought I had this in the bag when we opened our fridge and moved what we needed to the garage fridge. Then I whipped up some biscits and set up some eggs to boil in our solar cooker…until it got cloudy. Oh rats. Florida is not always as sunny as it is hot. So then we moved to the indoor cooking where the Sterno stove came out to heat us some soup. But here I learned that I have the wrong size cans for my stove! Strike 2. I need the larger cans, but it did heat up our soup pretty quick. I just wouldn’t want to try to cook any large food item on it. On a rainy day, we are limited to small things. The grill is always on hand to cook meat and veggies. We have stored up charcoal and lighter fluid, but if all else fails. we will roast weenies on the fireplace. About a half chord of wood should last us a while.

  • Dorothy

    We will do fine on this one. Just head out to the camp trailer and cook using the stove top and oven. Got 2 full bottles of propane to work with. Also have hand operated blender and washing machine. I also bought my hubby a Valcano stove complete with cover so I can bake bread with it. and use my dutch oven for all other cooking if I run out of propane. So we are good to go with this one. Just to be on the safe side though we also have everything it takes to make an apple box oven and plenty of charcoal briquetts for it.

  • LynneTolman

    Living in the desert it is a no brainer that I would have a solar over and I do. Who would guess that it would be overcast today. But that is the way real life goes and we need to roll with it. So I have an alcohol burner as backup. I also have a propane grill and a propane grill and oven combination. So we will be okay.
    I have shakes almost every morning and that is hard to do without a blender. So it is nice to have a hand blender. This is a great tool for home and camping.
    One thing that we did when our kids were all home was have a family home evening (all day) where we were not allowed to use any modern day conveniences. This included things like contact lenses. It was not a well like family home evening but a memorable one. Take a minute and think of how many things that we use every day are conveniences. These are the things that allow us to be more effectively involved in the lives of other and serving in so many ways. Thanks for helping us to be better prepared so that we can be ready to help and serve..

  • brendainminnesota

    We have a few bottles of propane for the camp stove, but I don’t feel very confident starting it. Need to practice with DH. I’m pretty good with our BioLite though and can always find sticks to burn. And can charge my phone with it, yea!!! Some improvements are needed! This was a good one!

  • Mama L

    No school today so my teens are looking forward to helping. 🙂

    Breakfast is already done, we had soaked oatmeal overnight in the crock pot with raisins and brown sugar. We simply had to dump it out of the now “non functioning” crock pot and into a pot to cook out on the side burner of our gas grill. It was a bit chilly out, but the kids enjoyed the challenge and it only took a few minutes to heat through.

    Bread will be next, one of them is already grinding wheat by hand with our Family Grain Mill, I always mix up my bread dough by hand anyway, and after it has risen we will bake it off in the grill.

    Lunch according to the Monday meal plan was to be PB&J, but in the interests of actually practicing our powerless cooking, we will make tomorrow’s home canned Tomato Soup on our homemade SuperCat backpacking alcohol stove and eat it with crackers (google Jim Wood SuperCat alcohol stove for very detailed instructions, this thing is amazing!)

    Dinner will be fried Salmon Patties made on the grill’s side burner: canned salmon, mashed potatoes (from box, made up with dry milk), dehy
    onion, freeze dried celery, olive oil, dijon mustard, bread crumbs. We will eat
    them with instant brown Minute rice that we will cook on the SuperCat, and if garden veggies are allowed, baked garden squash,
    otherwise we’ll eat canned squash or carrots or green beans (I’ll let the kids pick).

    The kids are always on dish duty, and we don’t have a dishwasher (really old house), so that one is simple for us.

    As far as I can tell, because we planned our shelf-stable meals on Monday, we won’t have to open the fridge at all. So perhaps we’ll “treat” ourselves and have milk to drink at lunch.

    The “fuel inventory” part is tough because I don’t know how to gauge how much is left in a propane tank, other than maybe weighing it? We have a full tank for the grill (just refilled it two weeks ago) plus two tanks (one full, one maybe as low as half full) on our pop up tent trailer. We also have 2 full bottles of methylated spirits for the SuperCat stove, it only takes an ounce or two per burn. And we have a Pocket Rocket backpacking stove and half-full canister of Isopropane for that, and a green Coleman two-burner propane stove and two partly full small propane canisters for that. So I think we’re good for a long while, but I don’t know how to estimate exactly how many meals we can cook.

  • Judy

    We’ll be doing this for 2 days while we camp, cooking over a fire. If we were staying home, we’d either cook on the camp stove, the grill, or in the our Dutch ovens (we’ve got 4, I think) and cast iron skillets. My husband makes his own charcoal and we’ve got plenty of wood for that. We’ve got enough food in storage (grains, beans, freeze dried, dehydrated, condiments, etc. to last us a year or more) and have a hand mill for grinding our wheat, corn, etc., a non-electric beater and non-electric can opener. We’ve got propane heat to supplement our heat in the house so we could go indefinitely without electricity. We’re good on this one. I would like to get a solar oven, which I’ve asked for as a Christmas gift this year. We don’t have a generator but since we want to be prepared for long-term crises in which there would be no more gas, we’ve decided not to get one for now. If we do get one, it would be for keeping the food in the freezer cold while we eat it first and preserve it through other methods. Generators are LOUD and just kill the ambience. Plus, they alert everyone else that you’ve got stuff for the taking.

  • Dan

    We would be good for a while as far as cooking goes if the power went out, our stove and oven uses gas. But I definitely will be trying other methods today.

  • Troolee

    Well, I couldn’t sleep (I was looking forward to the next phase)! I have been putting off learning to cook more with solar. I haven’t done it since The GREAT ECO-S’MORES COOKOFF for my kids school function two years ago. And it is perfect for out here in the desert! But just in case it is too windy or cloudy for our “solar experience”, I had already copied down the instructions for the can stove and the cardboard box oven tutorials, (even before this challenge started)! Who knew I was going to use them so soon! I have newly emptied #10 cans standing by and kids eager to learn! (That was a lot of pineapple, let me tell you!)

    Just a note… stockpiling ice cubes in your freezer in gallon size freezer ziplocs helps the freezer to stay cold if your electricity should go out, and on a normal day, the freezer to run more efficiently. The freezer uses less electricity because it stays cold longer. I just tuck the bags of ice in around food, wherever there is an empty space. If I need room, I just take out a bag or two and put whatever needs freezing inside. Watch out for holes getting poked or torn in the bags. (Eh. It isn’t perfect!) It’s great for sore backs, injuries, and the occasional party. WooHoo!!! Just Kidding 🙂
    Have a great day everyone!

  • JM

    Today went pretty well, we have a “go bag” first aid kit put together, I took inventory of it today and it’s a good start, but it needs more items. I printed off the Nurse Amy post and discussed it with hubby, he agrees those are great items and we talked through what else we want to stock up on. We will be ordering a couple of medical reference books to have on hand. We both used to be CPR certified but need to go get re-certified – thanks for the reminder! Good challenge today – just like all the other challenges, it’s good to think through what you have, and what you can do to be more prepared! 🙂

  • Gabby

    We had just done inventory a month ago, so we didn’t do that again, but it was good to see some of the things we added since such as our suture kits and steri strips. In the area of first aid, we have kits every where from personal to family kits. Kits in the bug out bags, a whole bug out medical kit and the trauma and CERT kits I keep in the van, just in case. We have used most of them at least once during the last few years, and that’s good to keep me up on what is in what. I have basic first aid procedures with each of the main kits, but what I really want to learn more about is how to do thing in the field when there are no medicines. I have a friend who is very good at that, and I learn some. But it is such a huge learning curve in that area.

  • Tracie

    Where did all the bandaids go? Took stock today and found a good portion of the band aids gone of all things. Also discovered some out of date medicines so I will need to get restocked on a few things. One of the car first aid kits was totally missing so I need to get onto the kids about putting things way where they belong (or hubby maybe?). Other than that it was a good day.

  • Dan

    I think today went pretty good. I did an inventory of what I have put together already, and now have a list of the stuff that I still need to add. I printed off some first aid info and added it to my binder. I already have a basic first aid kit that I would use for a demonstration for the class, and just putting the finishing touches on the lesson plan. As I have done it many times, the CPR and bandaging went well and was just a refresher. I’m also looking into getting ‘re certified in CPR.

  • Alicia

    My husband is the authority in this area. 20 years in the AF where he started out as a med tech and ended up a Master Instructor with Readiness and Training. We have some pretty cool stuff. He will be home this evening and I’ll have him review our current inventory. We actually met when he worked on the ambulance service and I was going through EMT training. He was so handsome in his uniform. (deep sigh) BTW, it’s been 30 years and he’s still a hottie. 😉

  • Judy

    I’ve been working on my First Aid Kit lately but I’ve got more to do. We aren’t doing the challenge today because we are busy getting ready for our camping trip this weekend, also a good test. I’ve got the First Aid Kit ready to go with us! We’re bugging out and primitive camping!

  • Jaclyn Wade

    Well my “aid” kit is in medium sized Rubbermaid tote I have the normal bandaids. But I also have gauze pads and rolls, with all types of tape to secure with. Ace bandages and braces, vitamin E, tea tree, and hemp oil. Saline solutions. Cough drops, various cold and allergy pills and liquids. Vitamins, various ointments and creams. Dental repair kits, super glue and maxi pads. The only thing I dont have is suture kits my kids wouldnt let me get near them with a needle to stitch them up. They are 2 and 1. So I would just use butterflies and super glue if needed.

  • Trisa

    I was an athletic trainer in high school; I am constantly using that training as I work with preschoolers. I also have maintained my cpr and first aid certifications since 1987. I have very well stocked first aid kits and manuals at the ready. Today I printed the first aid related ebooks that I have been downloading. The one thing I am always hunting down is the antibiotic ointment. With a teen in the house, it tends to travel.

  • Grimm

    Right now the only first aid lessons I have been teaching is the “kiss and make all better” kind to my toddler. Today she tripped and cut open her chin. Not bad but it did bleed for a minute. She won’t keep a bandaid on to save her life!

    Both K and I need to get our certs updated. My first aid training goes beyond the basics to include water safety and rescue. I even have ocean lifeguard training under my belt. 6 years as a lifeguard at the beach and a few years as a swim coach for a club team. Not to mention the years of teaching infants and kids to swim and be water safe.

    K has trauma and first responder training. As a construction worker that comes home with a lot of cuts and deep scratches he has to treat on site rather than run to the ER every time.

    We have a pretty extensive first aid kit. It started out as a 205 piece kit that I have since added more things too including silk sutures. There have been more than a few times I’ve had to stitch myself up or give K a few staples. I have put my sewing machine needle through my finger tips more than once. Not fun when you are working with silk… blood EVERYWHERE!

    I need to point out that you should never have any thing in your first aid kit that you don’t have the training to use!

    I am not qualified to teach any form of first aid other than basics found in the instruction booklet in most first aid kits. I could walk some one through administering advanced first aid such as staples if I couldn’t do it myself. You can find great posters online that can advise on using a triangle bandage or a tourniquet.

    But after reviewing our first aid supplies I think having some more homemade and natural remedies would be smart.

  • April G

    Last month my Dad and I took a Red Cross First Aid, CPR and AED Certification Class. It was my second time getting Red Cross certified. It was also a refresher of a semester-long First Responder course I took while finishing my university degree back in 2003. I keep a comprehensive First Aid kit on the upper shelf of my coat closet and replenish the supplies every 3-6 months.
    Today I double checked my kit and definitely need to refill a few things such as band-aids and replace some expired things. I also want to add several of the single-use CPR face shields, but I can’t find them online.
    I do feel pretty confident that if asked, I could give a presentation on first-aid necessities and demonstrate CPR at a preparedness fair, for example. However, I do agree with another commenter that no one should try to “train” other people in CPR unless they are “Certified Trainers.”

  • alaska_carol

    I have many books on First Aid CPR and Family health in the hall closet. I also have a few books on healing herbs and essential oil use.

    First Aid kits are full and ready to use. One is in a tackle box and is easy to grab and run if the “patient” can not be moved.

    Taking stock of the meds on hand in the closet is on the “to do list” for after the snow flies. I hope to find the family ready for any sort of emergency.

    As for presenting a lesson in First Aid Preparedness or CPR… I agree with an earlier post that as a caring neighbor you should help friends and family value the skills needed in an emergency, everyone should take a class! Teaching adults is a special skill and learning how to manage bleeding, broken bones, sudden illness, shock, and other skills such as opening an airway and performing CPR on an Infant – Child – Adult. These skills are specialized skills that many of us do not use every day.

    If any of the participants is interested in helping others learn these skills I urge you to take a train the trainers course through American Heart Association, Red Cross, or other nationally recognized organization. Many individuals are surprised at their neighbors who are trained as trainers who can help them with their basic preparation for emergencies.

  • Annie

    My day started at 5:30 am by taking my daughter to her morning cross-training workout for the swim team. She tripped over a curb and scraped her knee really deep while working out, and even though the coach patched her up, I love that I have a very good first aid kit in the car, along with water and alcohol to clean it, and had supplies to send to school with her today to replace the old if needed. I’m giving myself a solid B, but need to gather a few more things.

    One item I have that I’m glad I’ve kept is a package of casting material leftover from my son’s cast. In an emergency situation it might be handy.

    Both my husband and I are CPR and First Aid certified, and our oldest son is trained, also. I store the manuals from the class with our emergency supplies.

    Thanks for the link to Nurse Amy’s list. There are some things on there that I still need to get. I think you can never have too many gloves, and also ace bandages. What I need are the sutures and needles. Anyone know where to get them?

  • Jackie

    This is one I need to get together! I use Young living Essential oils a lot! Also have cayenne tinctures and others I have made. Good info on the site you recommended
    Need to get everything in one place to see what is needed.
    Thanks for helping!

  • Frugal Ladybug

    Major fail on this challenge! I can’t even find the band-aids in this house!!!! Ugh!!!

  • Benedicta

    I think this is an awesome challenge! We teach basic first aid to our Boy Scouts. We also ask them to each younger scouts – the teacher often learns more than the student! The act of pretending to teach a class will bring out many “I don’t know how to do that,” which causes the teacher to better educate himself. We have a basic first aid kit in each of our vehicles and in our camping equipment. We are working on upgrading those. We also keep our first aid drawer stocked and organized, plus we have a tote of extras – just in case, or that we can grab and go as part of our bug out system if needed. We get lots of supplies at veterinary supplies as they are much cheaper. I do need to get extra copies of my first aid book to have with each kit – I am actually looking for a more comprehensive guide.

  • Jodaju

    as a former nurse I understand not wanting to “teach” someone else and then maybe they would do it “wrong”; but, in some cases it might be the only help someone would have in a terrible disaster. If you show someone (remember you are not certifying them) but to show how it should be done; and with enough practice someone might save a life.

    we have heard of children doing things that saved a person’s life from something they saw on t.v….when there is a qualified person; of course he/she should do what they know…

  • Stephanie Pettis

    I posted some pictures on your facebook page of the kit I put together. Its pretty extensive. I just put together a flyer of basic first aid as well as the medicinal value of all the herbs and plants I have in my yard. Id really like to start focusing on using whats growing in my yard to help treat basic ailments.

  • Gabby

    After yesterday’s challenge this will be a nice reprieve. What I did last year was take the FREE CERT training class offered by my Emergency Response department of the Sherriff’s office. It was 9 weeks and I highly recommend taking something like it if you can. It doesn’t make you an expert, but it gets you going in the right direction. It made my first aid skills and supplies much stronger.

  • Dan

    Looking forward to doing this after work. I have been working on putting together several first aid kits recently. I have also been trained in basic first aid, CPR, and a combat lifesaving course. We get this kind of training every year in the military.

  • Mama L

    It’s totally irresponsible to ask untrained people to contemplate teaching First Aid or CPR like this.

    I have proper training in Standard First Aid and CPR for work, and keep up to date. I feel very confident in my abilities, but I would NEVER attempt to teach others.

    The instructor I had at my most recent re-certification was amazing and I do not have either her teaching abilities or her level of experience teaching others (knowing what to notice in your students when they may be forgetting a step). You need real training and experience to teach others.

    My first aid kits are always up to date, they are checked twice a year and after each use.

    • Dan

      They aren’t actually going to be teaching anyone

    • Sarah

      It’s just an added incentive to learn. It is not for real. Of course someone should not be instructing without a license and training, but you shouldn’t put down efforts for others to advance their knowledge in this area. Even if it is instructing a child how to clean a wound before putting on a basic bandage, it should still be addressed and knowledge shared. This exercise increases enthusiasm for learning what might be, to some, considered a formidable task. We will not all have access to professionals and should strive to increase our knowledge of what we may be lacking in these areas.

  • Nancy

    I am thinking to buy the items listed but with one addition. I have discovered that wounds in my family heal far faster with Elastoplast than with Band-Aids. Elastoplast keeps the wound wet but protected from germs, etc. I was forever complaining to my twins that God really did mean for them to have skin on both knees and both elbows, the twins just laughed at me. I also keep Spenco 2nd skin on hand. I cut it to fit the wound and then keep it in place by covering it with a Band-Aid. It is expensive, but worth it.

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