Monday, September 26

Welcome to the LAST day of the 7 Day Challenge! We hope you have enjoyed the new format this year and really learned a lot by following the steps of the Preparedness Cycle. We have prepared, practiced, and prioritized … and now we are ready to PROCEED. We’ve come up with resources you can use as you start to do, learn, and buy the items on your priority lists you worked on yesterday. Feel free to share your experiences in the Facebook event or follow us on Instagram to view our personal journeys.



Fill out or update emergency preparedness plan
Make or rotate 72 hour kits
Fill or refill water containers
Make or update emergency binder
Update/Inventory your three month supply plan

Update/Inventory your long term food supply plan
Create a sanitation kit
Build a powerless stove, grill, oven, or pizza box solar oven


How to Make Bread: Bread Recipe, Bread-Making FAQ, No Electricity Bread
How To Deal With Long Term Water Loss (Water Saving Tips)
Water Filtration versus Water PurificationHow to Shut Off Your Main Water Supply
How to Shut Off Gas Supply
Powerless Cooking Class
“So you want to buy a year supply?” post


National Preparedness Month Sales
All-American Sun Oven
Bosch Universal Mixer
Prepare My Life Planner
Berkey Water Filters
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven
InstaFire Fire Starter
Small Stoves/Fuel
Laundry Hand Washer
Fortress Clothing
Thrive Life Special Packages



Sunday September 25

Well aren’t you glad THAT’S over with? It really is amazing how much you can learn when you “practice” preparedness. Now is a good time to reflect with your family, answer some questions, and prioritize what your plan of attack will be to go forward and improve on your preparedness plans.

To help you with prioritizing we have some checklists for you. Print 2 copies of these lists off.

  • COPY 1: BRAINSTORM– The first time through list ANYTHING you can think of from the last few days that your family needed to learn, to do, and to buy. Don’t worry about the order.
  • COPY 2: PRIORITY LIST– After you have listed all the things you needed to learn, to do, and to buy, re-write them on the second copy in order of importance. This will give you a prioritized actionable game plan moving forward.

Put these lists in a place you will see and be reminded of your goals. Consider asking for some of these items for Christmas or birthdays. Plan family nights around learning new skills. Use family time to do projects you have been putting off.



Saturday, September 24

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” 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 next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


Economic meltdown! The country is in turmoil, the trucking industry has shut down, utilities are disrupted (electricity is down but plumbing is still working for now), gasoline is no longer available, your neighbors need help. Today we must use our long term food storage and really focus on how to live in an extended emergency situation.

Goal: PRACTICE a long term emergency situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make a loaf of bread from start to finish without electricity (this video shows how we did it in a previous year).
  • Prepare all your meals without using electricity today.
  • SOS. A friend that lives a mile away got stranded and needs some supplies. Have your family carry your 72 hour kits to them since you are well enough stocked at home and can donate them. (Remember gasoline is not available so you must go on foot. We know this is far fetched— but we usually have 7 days of scenarios and do an evacuation day so we had to slot it in somewhere- don’t take it too literally. The point is… Are your 72 hour kits complete and can you transport them?)
  • Update your long term food storage calculator with your current inventory levels.
  • You must eat foods ONLY found on your long term food storage calculator today (all your regular fridge, freezer, and pantry foods have run out). Freeze-dried items as found on our Thrive food storage calculator are ok.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of your bread-making adventures. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use your car today.
  • Do not eat any foods that are not on your long term food storage calculator (you CAN use the long shelf life freeze-dried foods we recommend on our Thrive food storage calculator if you wish)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a one week meal plan based off of your long term food storage foods.
  • Cook your meals only indoors as there is some serious weather problems outside.
  • Calculate how many meals can you cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
  • Discuss with your family what you would need to do and what you would bring should the time come when you would need to evacuate your home for good.



Friday September 23

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” 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 next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial troubles and you have worked through the majority of your savings. You have to live on a tight budget eating through your three month supply foods to save money on groceries. Your water has been shut off because you couldn’t pay the water bill so you must also manage your daily life without water.

Goal: PRACTICE eating your three month supply foods and live without running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Use the recipes and ingredients from your three month supply plan for your meals today
  • Revisit your three month supply plan. Inventory what you have on hand
  • Determine how long you will be able to survive without buying more food
  • Cook your meals and clean up without using running water
  • Do a load of laundry today without using running water
  • You can’t waste water on flushing toilets so figure out an alternative solution for potty issues today.
  • Make some of your own natural cleaning supplies using regular ingredients you have in your home to save money.

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of you doing laundry today or some other “waterless” activity today. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Do not use indoor plumbing for sanitation purposes.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Go and shut off the main water supply to your house to avoid temptation to use water (view tutorial).
  • Locate the nearest source of fresh water to your home, stock up on some extra water since your plumbing is shut off.
Check back first thing in the morning!



Thursday, September 22

Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. For the next 3 days, we are “PRACTICING” 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 next 3 days! Please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.


Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes. Your fridge food was lost due to the earthquake shattering the glass shelves in your appliances. Your home is safe to stay in but you must survive and stay fed until your utilities are back up and running.

Goal: PRACTICE living without electricity and running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Keep your family warm (or cool) as furnace blowers and A/C will not work without electricity
  • Practice powerless cooking by cooking all your meals and snacks using no electricity or gas and no running water.
  • You can’t use any perishable foods in your cooking today.
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today.
  • You can’t flush the toilets because there is no running water to refill the tank. If you have stored water you can use it to manually flush
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • Before dark, locate flashlights, candles, or other light sources. Assess your battery supply.
  • Plan a fun family activity tonight with no electronic devices (board games, ghost stories, shadow puppets, be creative!)
  • Share what you are learning with the facebook group – that’s the one electronic you can use (loophole)

fbSHARING TIME: Visit the Facebook Event Page and share a picture of you cooking something without electricity. Let’s discuss how prepared you feel if you were to have to face this type of emergency.

>>>We’re also sharing on instagram! @foodstoragemadeeasy #fsme7daychallenge

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • DO NOT USE POWER AT ALL TODAY (even if you have a generator, it helps to practice!)
  • DO NOT USE RUNNING WATER AT ALL TODAY (not even for flushing toilets)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make one ore more powerless cooking tools to use today. Here are a few options: #10 can stove, #10 can grill, cardboard box oven
  • No laptops, iPads, phones, etc. (even if you have a way to charge them, don’t!) — You can only use them for the purposes of sharing on Facebook for education purposes.
  • Calculate how many meals you can cook based on the fuel that you currently have. Use our fuels handout for a guideline on calculating.
Check back first thing in the morning!



Tuesday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 21


So if you really want to see if you’re prepared ignore this post and start the challenge in 2 days on the “practice” portion of the preparedness cycle. What is the preparedness cycle? Read this.

lastminute However, if you’re not sure if you’re ready, we have some things for you to do over the next 2 days. We felt like giving you a list and time to get ready would only be beneficial in the long run. These are things you may have been putting off so we’re giving you 2 days to “prepare”.

Feel free to buy some of these things or locate them if you have them already. We have even made this list into a printable checklist so you can print if off and get right to it. We will see you in 2 days with our first “practice” scenario.

Here is what is in the printable checklist:

72 hour kits
-Replace clothes family members have outgrown
-Check and replace diapers
-Check food expiration dates and replace
-Check to see if you are missing supplies
-Do you have cash in small bills

-Locate flashlights
-Check batteries in all flashlights
-Charge any solar powered battery packs
-Charge all your electronic devices and keep them charged just in case you lose power
-Get solar outdoor lights, you can use olive oil in jars with wicks as well
-Pick up a solar phone charger then you will still have power for your cell phone
-If you have to use a gas-powered generator, make sure to have a little extra fuel on hand; just be very careful where you put it, and be mindful of your local laws on how much you can have on hand at one time

-Fill all your water containers
-Consider filling your waterbob (link) or plug your bath tub and fill it out
-Consider filling big rubbermaid totes with water but MAKE sure they are covered if you have young children around
-Have a rain barrel to collect water you can use to flush toilets

Family Communication/Planning

-Keep a list of emergency numbers handy, along with family members’ phone numbers. —-Write them down if you only have them stored in your phone
-Have an emergency escape plan from your home and make sure all family members know it and know where to meet.
-Make sure you have and/or locate your radio to stay connected
-Prepare an evacuation list of things you would need to grab in case you need to evacuate.
-Have an emergency binder with all important paperwork ready to go
-Take pictures of every room and closet in your house – it makes a huge difference if you have to deal with insurance companies

-If you have a gas grill, make sure you have a full tank of propane
-Check and replace other types of fuels
-If you need internet for instructions on how to use any of your powerless cooking tools go online and print the instructions now
-Make sure you have and/or locate a non-electric can opener

(If you haven’t started on the food part of your food storage, 2 days is hardly enough to prepare. You’ll just have to wing it or see how you do with this one)
-Have lots of non-perishables on hand
-Turn fridge and freezer to a colder setting
-If you have extra space in your freezer, take containers or zip-loc bags full of water and fill in the extra space
-Make a few meals and snacks that will last without power
-Have enough food and litter for your pets

-Improvise an emergency toilet with a bucket lined with a bin bag and some sawdust or cat litter to cover the contents after each use
-Have your prescriptions filled
-Do your laundry now, so you have clothes that are dry and clean. Locate items necessary to do laundry by hand.
-Find your glasses so you don’t have to deal with contacts in an emergency
-Anyone with an oxygen tank – make certain you have 1) a travel tank 2) a generator or means to operate your home device

-Have books and other non electric entertainment like board games ready for everyone
-Fill your gas tank
-Don’t forget to pay attention to fire prevention measures. Have your extinguisher handy

Remember to get everyone in your house involved. Then in 2 days we will be back with scenario 1 on Thursday, scenario 2 on Friday, and scenario 3 on Saturday! MAKE SURE to visit the event page on Facebook to discuss your progress and share tips. Click on “discussion” on that page.

We will also be posting a lot on instagram (@foodstoragemadeeasy) over the next few days so join along #fsme7daychallenge



This year we are excited to be revamping and reformatting our annual 7 Day Challenge. In the past we have done 7 days with 7 different mock emergencies or scenarios. While we had a blast and learned a lot, we felt like it was time for a change. This year will be even more interactive and really emphasize learning and improving. Having friends join you will make it even more fun and a better experience so please feel free to share this post with them and/or invite them to the Facebook Event for the 2016 Challenge.

The new challenge will follow the “Preparedness Cycle”. which is a new concept we came up with as we were planning this year’s challenge. When we began this journey we were naive to thinking we would ever be “fully prepared”. Preparedness is truly a cycle. You prepare, practice, prioritize, proceed then repeat. Just as you get a skill tackled you realize there is more to learn. No matter where you are in the process there is always room to get just a little more prepared!


ONTO THE CHALLENGE… This year we will be telling you exactly when and what the challenge will be. No surprises here! We want to work together through the preparedness cycle and make the most of this year’s challenge.

The 7 days will begin with the “Prepare” portion. Two days before the “practice” portion of the challenge we will GET READY! Since you will know what’s coming we will spend a couple days getting prepared and completing last minute tasks. This will be a great time to tie up loose ends on things you’ve been procrastinating.

Then we will “Practice”. We will go 3 days with mock emergencies. Expect these days to have situations where you will go without power and water. There will be a different scenario each day and the scenarios will come with come tasks and recommendations much like prior year’s challenges.

Then we will take a day to “Prioritize” based on our findings from our practice. We will encourage you and your family to make a game plan of where to go next.

The last day will be the day to “Proceed”. You’ll purchase items you realized you needed. You’ll sign up for classes or start researching things you need to know more about.

We know everyone is at different levels of preparedness and there will be scaling. We’d like to remind you to try your best and don’t stress.

Learn from each other – Join the Facebook discussion

7f We will be posting here on the blog each day to let you know what is going on but the real discussion will be happening on our Facebook Event Page. You will be able to access that link even if you don’t have facebook. Make sure to invite friends to join you.


fillingwater Tuesday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 21
During these 2 days we will spend time making sure all our ducks are in a row. We will list tasks you will want to do to “PREPARE”. Examples of some tasks include filling water containers, ensuring flashlights have batteries, shoes are by their beds etc, supplies are organized and updated.


practice Thursday, September 22 to Saturday, September 24
During the 3 day “PRACTICE” portion of the challenge we will be doing 3 different scenarios much like prior years. EXPECT there will be challenges to go without power and water! We will practice cooking, cleaning, showering, and more. Each day there will be a different scenario with things to practice and learn.

Thursday September 22 – Day 1: Natural Disaster
Friday September 23 – Day 2: Personal Family Emergency
Saturday September 24 – Day 3: Economic Long-Term Crisis

The goal will be to do the best you can, learn from the experience, and improve!


prior Sunday, September 25

On the “PRIORITIZE” day we will take some time with our families to really analyze how we did. What worked? What didn’t? Where are the holes in our preps? What are our next steps? We will have worksheets and ideas to help you make a game plan to move forward.


proceed Monday, September 26
Although the “PROCEED” day will only be one day during the challenge it will continue on for you in your personal preparedness cycle and journey. We will encourage you to go purchase the items you are in need of most. We will talk about ways to learn more skills so you can proceed and get going on becoming more prepared. As you proceed through the cycle, you will continue to find opportunities to prepare, practice, and prioritize over and over. And next year will be one of those opportunities!

ALL NEW 7 Day Challenge 2016


As most of our faithful readers know, every September for the past 7 years we have hosted a 7 Day Challenge where we go through a different emergency situation each day for 7 days and share and discuss what we learn as we practice.  Well this year we are doing something completely different!  Here are some teasers but stayed tuned as more information and full details will be coming soon.

  • It’s going to be harder
  • It’s going to be easier
  • It’s an all-new format
  • You will know EXACTLY when it’s going to start
  • We are going to really maximize learning and DOING
  • We will be introducing the 4 P’s of Preparedness
  • You are going to want to participate!!!!!!

We will be ramping up for the main event which will be held on Facebook for discussion purposes as we’ve found that people do best at learning by being able to discuss the experience with each other.  You don’t have to have facebook to view the event and we will share the main information via email and on the blog as well.  
Click here to join the 7 Day Challenge 2016 Facebook Event now!

National Preparedness Month Sales

September is National Preparedness Month which means we are doing our annual 7 Day Challenge, which just happens to be starting TOMORROW. Check it out and join the fun if you haven’t already signed up. It’s also a time when lots of food storage and preparedness companies have great sales. Here is a summary of some of the best deals going on right now!


Food Storage Made Easy eBook: ON SALE

The Food Storage Made Easy 3 PART FOOD STORAGE PROGRAM contains a BabySteps Checklists Guide, Food Storage Made Easy Encyclopedia, and Recipe Appendix. This full program is a roadmap for buying your food storage and learning how to use it, so that you can have confidence in knowing that you are prepared for a major emergency or any of life’s little every day inconveniences.
Regular Price: $24
Sale Price: $10

Thrive Monthly Q: FREE SHIPPING

The Thrive Q program will help you build a supply of delicious THRIVE food at your own pace and budget. By following these easy steps, you will be able to create and manage a food plan that is customized to your family.
Free shipping on first Q shipment in September

Emergency Essentials: SAVE UP TO 65%

screenshot-2016-09-19-23-01-34 Having more than one source of food, power, and other resources will ensure greater protection and comfort when the need arises. Check out some of the different ways in which you can prepare with food, water, and gear.
Up to 65% off many food storage and preparedness products


Get a free set of two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel
and glass lids with each All American SUN OVEN purchased.
Free Easy Stack Pots with purchase ($25 value)

Bosch: BAKER’S PACK $30

Using your Food Storage daily is made much easier with a great mixer. Bosch mixers are a bread-makers dream. The mixer is still easy-to-use, multiple functions in one machine, saving money and space.
Cookie dough paddles, dough hook extender, cake paddles, and bowl scraper for $30


The Plus mill is uniquely designed to nest compactly inside its flour canister for a 30% smaller storage footprint than the Classic mill. With its patented 4-stage filtration system and included flour bagger accessory, milling at home is clean and convenient.
Free Grain Crazy Cookbook with purchase


Easily power your Wonder Junior Deluxe with the power of your bicycle to make grinding faster than using the hand crank. Free bicycle adapter kit with all Wonder Junior Deluxes ordered through December 31, 2016
Free Bicycle Adapter Kit with Purchase

101 Best Preparedness Products on Amazon

Did you know you can get A TON of great emergency preparedness and food storage related items on Amazon at great prices? Add in the free shipping benefit if you’re a PRIME member and it’s even better. Here is a list of 101 of our favorite things to buy from Amazon when we don’t feel like venturing out to “real” stores … because … shopping = gross.



Food Storage Education

Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival
Store This Not That
Country Beans
Survival Pantry: Beginners Guide with New Tips on Food Storage and Preserving
Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too: The Modern Step-By-Step Guide to Preserving Food
Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook

Food Storage Cookbooks

Cooking with Food Storage Made Easy
I Can’t Believe it’s Food Storage
Cookin’ with Home Storage
The Essential Food Storage Cookbook
The Prepper’s Cookbook
Cooking with Sunshine
Dinner is in the Jar
6 Meals in a Jar
Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes
The Meals in a Jar Handbook

Emergency Preparedness Education

Survival Mom
Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family
31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness
All New Square Foot Gardening
Dr. Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook
First Aid Manual
One Second After
Lights Out

Emergency Preparedness

Car Kits / 72 Hour Kits

AAA 42 Piece Emergency Road Kit
AutoClubHero 185-Piece Deluxe Roadside Emergency Kit with Car Survival Gear
Portable Car Battery Jump-Starter
Ready America: 2-Person, 3-Day Emergency Kit
LDS/Mormon 72 Hour Survival Kit
Mountain House Just In Case… Essential Bucket
Wise Foods Company Favorites 72 Hour Cook-in-Pouch Meal Kit
4 Person Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe

Heating / Cooling

Emergency Blanket (6-Pack)
Hot Hands Hand Warmers
Mr. Buddy Portable Radiant Heater (propane powered)
Evaporative Cooling Towel
Battery-Powered Fans

Powerless Cooking

Butane Cans
Small Propane Cans
InstaFire Emergency Cooking Fuel (granules)
ReadyFuel Emergency Fuel (gel)
Camping Stoves (wide variety)
Bushbox Outdoor Camping Stove
Dutch Ovens
Volcano Grill
All-American Sun Oven
HERC Tea Light Candle Oven

Sanitation / Hygiene

Emergency Sanitation Kit (including bucket toilet)
Emergency-Ready Family Hygiene Kit
Compressed Toilet Paper Towlettes (with travel carry cases)
Solar Shower

First Aid

Wide variety of complete first aid kits

Camping Gear

Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
Emergency Survival Mylar Thermal Reflective Cold Weather Shelter Tube Tent
Goal Zero 32001 Lighthouse 250 Portable Lantern + USB Charger
InstaFire Fire Starter Packs

Tools / Safety Gear

Emergency Safes
Car Shovel
Tactical Knives
Hunting and Fishing Supplies

Food Storage

Shelves / Organization

Gorilla Shelving Units
FIFO Can Organizing System
Spicy Shelf (spice organizing rack)
Shelf Label Maker
Gamma Lids for Buckets

Water Storage

Waterbrick (our favorite storage container)
Portable Water Pouches
Lifestraw Personal Water Filter
Sawer Mini Water Purification System
SteriPen UV Water Purifier
Aquamaria Water Treatment Drops
Bottled Drinking Water

Food Preservation Tools

Waterbath Canner
Presto Pressure Canner
All-American Pressure Canner
Canning Supplies Kit
Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
Food Dehydrators
Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer

Self Reliance

SproutMaster Sprouting Kit
Homemade Bread Slicer
Bread Loaf Pans
Garden Boxes
Survival Seed Vault: Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds

Kitchen Tools

Tortilla Press / Cooker
Instant Pot 6-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker
SwingAway Ergonomic Crank Can Opener
Cuisinart Hand Blender with Attachments
WonderMill Wheat Grinder
NutriMill Wheat Grinder
Bosch Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Pasta Maker


Amazon Prime Pantry (groceries to your door for just $5.99)
Augason Farms Food Storage
Mountain House Food Storage
Wise Food Storage
Lindon Farms Food Storage
SAF Instant Yeast
Vital Wheat Gluten
Coconut Oil