7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (SUNDAY)

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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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


There have been several case of the ebola virus in your city. Everyone has been placed on a mandatory quarantine in their homes until the disease is neutralized.
Goal: To practice “bugging in” and assess first aid supplies

Today’s Tasks:

  • All family members stay indoors in your own home all day today
  • One of your family members is feeling sick, prepare a comfort food for them
  • Do some research on the ebola virus and how you can be better prepared for an outbreak (see links in the resources section below)
  • Do an inventory of your home medical supplies. Add items to your daily worksheet that you need to purchase (see resources below for a comprehensive kit detailed out)
  • Print out instructions on how to do perform basic first aid tasks if you don’t have a good manual in your home

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or detailed description of your first aid kit, shelf, cupboard, etc. We would love to see what everyone is doing to be prepared on this topic as it’s soooo important.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You can’t leave your house at all (if you are going to church that is the only exception!)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Purchase some first aid books or manuals to keep on hand as a reference when the internet is not available
  • As an extra precaution have your family wear n95 face masks all day
  • Learn more about holistic approaches to medicine including essential oils (check out this post as a starting point)

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe 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.

  • Kristi

    Great challenge! Busybhomemakers list was awesome. Took her advice to hunt in my house first, amazed at how much stuff I actually had! Turns out I only need about 20 things left on list. At the end of challenge I’m going to shop for something to organize all of it, probably a tackle box like hers. Unfortunately I was out of town, so I won’t be done til Fri. Also you guys created a chain reaction for us today, we had to pull out our BOB’s to update that medicine also….good to do….but more work:) still have to print some basic stuff and make no bake cookies, for hubby’s “comfort food” then gonna cook dinner on my new Volcano stove. I was looking forward to Challenge Week but had NOOO idea I would feel so good about all of our accomplishments. Very motivating to close those gaps at the end of the week. Thanks guys! Only on day 2 but already looking forward to next year! Keep up the good work! Looking forward to tomorrow and even got my sister-in-law to come join me for a whole 24 hrs! Can’t wait to see what you surprise us with!!!!!!

  • karen in Id

    We have very good medical supplies. We do the essential oils and medicinal plants. Will fix a tea for the one that is feeling sick. Also look up in our essential book(The complete book of essentials oils & aromatherapy) We also will look in our medical books. One is(The survival medicine handbook) With my husband being a wilderness EMT/was, I feel good about the first aide tasks. Our medical supplies are a little above most people since we live out quite a ways. We normally take care of our own medical needs. We are both in good healthy conditions. Keep in shape. As in Paul’s case, our population of 5 per square mile is considered dense. As for ebola we will research the resources listed. We do have the N95 masks. Boy are they hot!!

    • Paul

      Know exactly what you mean with the masks. Get the kind that has the exhaust valve on the front and you won’t regret it! They cost a couple more bucks for a box of 20 but well worth it. You don’t take the mask off and feel like your mouth and nose just got out of the shower.

  • Paul

    We are “ok” on this one but not great. Medical supplies is something we could use more of. We have the basic bandaids, creams, painkillers etc. along with stuff in the subcategories. Not organized really though, we could use a large wall mounted cabinet for that. We have plenty of dirt for you military people out there 😀
    Best defense for any disease is no contact. Not a problem where we live 🙂 population of 5 per square mile is considered quite dense. Would have to shave off the soup catcher for an N95 to be useful so will skip that part.
    The wife has gotten into the herbal remedy stuff and has built up a small collection that seems ever expanding. Even experimenting with creating her own. Big thing right now is her “power surge” herbal juice. Broke a tooth a couple weeks ago and clove oil great thing to have on hand! Different conversations though 🙂 We have a couple first aid books and I am/was a first responder in my leo days so we are good there.

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