7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 1 (WEDNESDAY)

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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.

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A fire erupts in your house and blocks your regular exits/stairwells. You must evacuate your family and pets using alternative exits. Your garage/carport collapsed and damaged your vehicles. All of your household items including your purse/wallet were lost in the fire.
Goal: Practice exit strategies and test your insurance/inventory preparedness levels

Today’s Tasks:

  • Practice evacuating from each bedroom in your home. If you have upstairs bedrooms do you have an escape ladder? Can you open the windows and remove the screens? Do your children know how to do this?
  • You have 15 minutes to get your family out and grab any “supplies” or “keepsakes” from your bedrooms. Take them outside as your evacuate.
  • All of your belongings and vehicles were destroyed. Did you have your important insurance documents stored in a safe or offsite somewhere?
  • Make a list of everything that was in your purse and wallet that you will need to replace. Do you have contact information for all your credit cards?
  • Do you have a home furnishings inventory? You will have to file an insurance claim and will need to document all of your belongings in order for them to be replaced.
  • Were your computers destroyed? Did you have an online backup setup? What about your family photo albums and scrapbooks? Make a list of everything you would hate to lose and make a copy to store offsite or get a digital copy uploaded somewhere!
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – Doing it as you practice each day will help you remember what you want to include.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share your experiences with your evacuation. How hard was it for you and your family to escape? Were your insurance papers accessible and in order? Bonus points for posting a picture!

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not “evacuate” through any of your exits. If your bedrooms are upstairs this means crawling out windows!
  • No running downstairs or to your main living areas to grab ANYTHING for the evacuation

Advanced Tasks:

  • Stay away from home for 4 hours using only what you grabbed to evacuate with
  • Make a plan for different scenarios of evacuation, who will help who. What if you can’t reach other? Which room is the best to evacuate from if you can’t get to a door? WRITE IT DOWN
  • Make a grab and go list of items you could take from your bedrooms if you couldn’t access your doors. Post this near your escape window.
  • Test your smoke detectors and replace batteries if necessary.

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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.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
Check your email first thing in the morning!


  • neb67rsb

    We have fire extinguishers in all bedrooms and baseball bats with dressers near basement windows. Everyone can get out. My purse is stored in the car as is an emergency kit of clothes and food and a cooler. Now that may seem stupid in most areas, but it actually works here. Also, added bonus at our house, but husband has a shop that is NOT attached to the house. So we can store gasoline, propane and monies and clothing and sleeping/camping gear there and have shelter in the event that the house a garage go up in flames together. That is nice peace of mind I had not thought of before. Incidentally, we have an old cook stove that we store our precious documents and other things in at my house. So far, it is working well as a safe! Now onto silver money and other things that are worth something to barter with in times of utter chaos…………..

  • Emily Walker Durrant

    Thanks for this one. We actually sleep in the basement of our home, so getting out isn’t too much of a problem for us. I also have a toddler and preschooler like another commenter and it was interesting to go through the scenario where we couldn’t get to them. I feel more comfortable thinking/walking through it, although I will say that we didn’t do it, because it would involve breaking windows, as many of our windows are old and actually don’t open well or at all. We’re slowly going through the process of replacing them and it changed my priorities as to the order we’d go in. Still I think we could get them both out safely. It was also good to walk through with my daughter who did just move upstairs how she would get out in a fire. And if she couldn’t leave to close both doors, stuff blankets under the cracks and wait near the window for us to get to her. I’m newer generation, so most of my insurance and banking documents, pictures, etc. are actually online. I have pictures of each room in our home and honestly most of what we own is not that valuable. It did remind me to insure specifically my new piano.

  • Jessica

    Okay just through a wild idea out there…. How handy would a fire-resistant/proof binder be????? Your emergency binder in an easy to carry fire-resistant binder……..
    The originals of all my important documents are in a “disaster-resistant” safe, protects against fire, water, and crushing, but its a pain to grab & go due to its heavy/bulky design. I have considered putting copies in a buried survival cache further away from the house, and most likely will but the idea of a “disaster-resistant” binder hit when I saw Today’s challenge.

  • Amanda D

    First day: Fail. That’s all I can say. We have a fireproof safe with important documents and the extra checkbooks, but that is all. I have a document binder to grab and go. We have 4 doors upstairs to utilize in case of a fire – 3 regular doors in kitchen, living room, and in the hallway, plus the sliding glass door in the den. None of us, save the smallest kids, would fit through our skinny windows (at best, the sliders are 18″ tall, but double that lengthwise). The hubs seems to think he can kick them out, but I watched the men install our new windows and that’s not happening. When I read the list of events off to the hubs, he said, “Well, looks like you have some work to do.” As I clean this weekend, I will go room to room and document contents. Any electronics will have the Make, Model, and Serial number recorded. If they are a recent purchase, we have the receipts. We have a decent digital camera, so I will also take pictures as I go along for photographic evidence. I will buy a thumb drive and stick that in our grab and go documents binder; any non-personal-info sensitive documents can be uploaded to our Box account. Batteries are replaced when we have to set the clocks back every Spring and Fall, so that’s not an issue.

  • Crystal

    I just signed up yesterday. Planned to go to the store and gas up the car etc. last night we had a power outage. Having just moved 2 months ago, I was totally unprepared. Couldn’t find the flashlights, had candles but no way to light them. And apparently my gas stove Ned’s electricity to light. Now today I get your email…. Well my eyes are now opened. I have to get my self and my family prepared. Thanks for the nudge!

  • Paula Herron

    OH MY! I decided to get online today and look what I found….I am not only burned out but I was not prepared with an inventory list for the insurance company. Lesson learned….Call insurance and provide them with a detailed listing/pictures for our file. Lucky for us our shelter has food, camping gear, and alternative cooking methods stored. We will be comfy and cozy for a few days.

  • Kari Berge Brimhall

    It seems like in years past that the Prepare My Life Planner went on sale with this week of challenges… any hope that we can buy one next week when we can shop again?

  • Margaret Zibura

    The only “up” side of this scenario is that we have a door in our bedroom that leads right outside. And we keep the fire-proof box in the bedroom. But a list of ins info and items to be replaced needs to be done. One other thing I will do is move the fire extinguisher to the bedroom. And need to get hard copies of my photos and put them in the fire-proof box. It is certainly a very frightening thought of having our home destroyed in a fire. It happened to my sister-in-law a few years ago and she lost everything. Now I will be looking at what all would be lost and it scares the hell out of me. But is making me think, so that is a good thing.

  • Kassandra

    This is such a scary event. My two toddlers live on the other side of the house and I worry about how I would get to them because they couldn’t get out themselves. My husband has most important things backed up, but I forsee a fire safe in our near future. We also need to keep our grab n go binder in our bedroom instead of the office as well as take pictures of our belongings. Lots to do. Thanks for the heads up!

  • grammyprepper

    I’d fail this one…hands down…I don’t store important information online for safety reasons…but we don’t have backups either…if my house caught fire, i would be sh*t outta luck…good wakeup call, ladies, thanks

    • Andi

      I was thinking the same thing! The evacuation from the upstairs bedrooms isn’t bad because we have a porch roof to go on & we actually do that in Fall to clean leaves out of the gutter. I created an emergency binder but have absolutely no idea where it is. I have an external disc drive for the computer but it’s in the family room so I wouldn’t be able to get it. Yep a real wake-up call!

    • Amy MamaMojo Barker

      I have scanned in copies of all my important documents and put them on a usb drive. It’s super small and you could store it off site with someone you trust.

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