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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.
There are severe weather conditions in your area. A huge storm is expected to hit tomorrow and you have 24 hours to prepare for it. It is expected you will be without power and water for a few weeks after the storm comes through. Your house should survive the storm so no need to evacuate. Today is your day to get ready. You ARE allowed to go to stores today and take care of gathering last minute items that aren’t in your storage.
Goal: Tie up loose ends in your food storage and emergency preparedness plans
- Make a plan with your family of all the tasks you will need to accomplish today. This post may help you in your game plan
- Review your Master Worksheets you have been filling out this week. Start working down the list of items to buy, do, and learn. Write down due dates for any tasks that you don’t accomplish today.
- Attack the tasks that will be difficult to do when the storm hits: Laundry and cleaning, fill cars with gas, fill water containers (fill a water-bob if you have one and can keep little ones away from the tub), locate flashlights and batteries)
- Review your three month supply inventory sheet and stock up on anything you are low on
- Stock up on fuel, batteries, candles, water bottles, first aid supplies, etc. that you may need in the coming weeks
- Make a plan for using up your fridge/freezer foods quickly
SHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of everything you got accomplished today. It’s time to BRAG!
- No limitations today – we want you to have complete freedom to REALLY get things done today. Consider today a work day!
- Since you are planning not to have power for the next few weeks, prepare meal-in-a-jars or a menu for 2 weeks of shelf stable foods you can cook
- Review your long-term food storage inventory and replenish anything you are short on
- Put together several 72 hour kits of food and water for close friends or neighbors who may come to you for help
Helpful Posts on This Topic:
- 50 Last Minute Ways to Prepare for an Emergency
- Shelf Stable Recipe Book
- 3 Month Supply Planning/Worksheets
- Long Term Food Storage Planning/Worksheets
Helpful Products for This Topic:
- Deals to Meals: Save Money on Groceries
- Food Storage Made Easy 3-Part eBook Series
- AquaPod Emergency Water Kit (WaterBob)
We put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder