Food Storage Made Easy Birthday Bash

6 years ago, we were two young moms who started a blog to help us organize our thoughts on building our food storage and being prepared for … something. We didn’t know what, but we knew we needed to do it. We posted a few things but didn’t want to share it with anyone until there were more than just a few posts on there :) We officially launched July 1st, 2008 but wrote for most of June so we want to celebrate out 6 year blogiversary this month with all of you! Make sure to scroll down and see our special eBook sale that only happens twice a year!

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While we have learned a lot over the last 6 years, we still have so much we want to figure out. We never expected how much we would enjoy this adventure, and are thrilled at the many friendships we’ve built, and things we have learned from YOU our readers! So today, we’re celebrating with all the typical things you would celebrate with at a Birthday Party, and hope that you enjoy the party with us :)


What would a food storage blog be without the FOOD? We each picked a favorite recipe to share:
Julie: ENCHILADA PIE – I love this because I can make it a variety of ways to practice different food storage skills and using shelf stable ingredients or make it the “easy” way for a quick, delicious, and healthy dinner.
Jodi: BLACKBERRY PIE – I just planted a bunch of blackberry bushes and love making fresh blackberry pie for special events. I love this recipe because I can use freeze-dried blackberries to make my husband’s favorite pie any time of year.

BRAND NEW RECIPE PAGE

We are excited to announce that to celebrate our blogiversary we have consolidated our recipe pages into one Master Recipe Index separated by meal type. You can see all the recipes we’ve posted for 6 years at one glance. It follows similar formatting to our Food Storage Encyclopedia which we launched during last year’s birthday party :) Check it out and try something new this month!

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What would a party be without gifts? Here are two of our favorite gift ideas:
Julie: Birthday Baggie Surprise – My sister loved my ezekiel bread but didn’t have all of the ingredients to make it herself, so I put this together for her birthday to make it easy for her to make a few batches after she just had her new baby.
Jodi: Mommy Emergency Car Kits – My two little sisters are expecting their first babies at the same time this year. I made a cute kit for each of them with baby essentials in case they forget their diaper bag.

GIFT FOR YOU: EBOOK SALE!

We only put our ebooks on sale twice a year so if you’ve been holding off on making a purchase, this is your chance to get them ON SALE. Save $10 on our 3-Part eBook Bundle for the entire month of JUNE! Learn to build your food storage, or see where you need to fill in the cracks. We walk you through the process step by step. Don’t forget to tell your friends about the sale too!

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If you have learned something from our website over the last 6 years, and want to continue to hear from us, we encourage you to “RSVP” to our party by following us on one of our social media channels. You can post about this party, or just see what we are up to with our food storage these days :) We’d love to connect with you and see what you are doing too!

Facebook: Click to get notifcations or add us to your interest list to make sure and get our updates
Instagram: Tag us @foodstoragemadeeasy if you post something preparedness related
Twitter: Do you use twitter? We try to be there for those that do :)
Pinterest: Let the pinning party begin!
Google+: We are still trying to figure this one out, if you’re here, give us a shout

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PREPAREDNESS SPRING CLEANING ZONES

Spring is in the air… and with that comes spring cleaning. I admit I buy into the spring cleaning frenzy. I love clearing things out of my house. Recycling, de-cluttering, donating things, and throwing things out makes me happy. Today I wanted to talk about Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Spring cleaning!

A few Saturdays ago something happened in our schedule that never happens. We had NOTHING scheduled. Well I got giddy with excitement, pulled out some post-it- notes, and started on a rampage. I wrote down every project I wanted done. I got started working through the projects on my post-it-notes one by one. I placed all of them on my fridge and as I completed a task I pulled the note off. I still have a few more post-it-notes to get to, but I feel awesome. These areas weren’t related to my food storage and eprep specifically but the concepts apply.

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I realized all the post-it-notes were certain areas, closets, or piles. Of course this is applicable in eprep and food storage. Why not spring clean your eprep and food storage areas using this method. Let’s talk about the areas or ZONES of preparedness that you can tackle this spring. You may not have the same physical zones as these, but they are universal concepts and areas.

PANTRYANDCUP

  • Throw away any expired foods
  • Donate any foods you aren’t going to end up eating after all
  • Move foods you know you should get around to eating to the front
  • Make foods you use more frequently more accessible
  • Install cansolidator rotating shelves to make rotation easier
  • Combine like foods that you may have more than 1 bag open for (pastas, cereals, etc)
  • Sweep out the bottom of the floors and wipe shelves down
  • Keep smaller containers of grains you use less frequently in your pantry to save space
  • Store multiples of the same foods on your food storage shelves if you have a separate area to save space in your pantry
  • Check to see if some of your containers are empty and just taking up space
  • Create granola or trail mixes with foods you have just a little bit left of
  • Clear out old tupperwares with missing lids and old dishes you no longer use
  • Go through baking cupboard and consolidate foods and combine like items

FOODSTORAGE

  • Combine like foods on shelves (fats, grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes etc)
  • Date foods with a sharpie so you know when you bought them if they don’t have expiration dates on them
  • Move older foods to the front, and newer foods to the back
  • Inventory what you have on your shelf for your Three Month Supply and for your Long Term Food Storage
  • Make a purchasing plan for what you need
  • Assess your non-food items (this one is easy to forget)
  • Wipe down any shelves that may need it (dust,spills, dirt)
  • Move foods close to expiring to your pantry to encourage and remind you to eat them
  • Have your kids help

EPRPEKIT

  • Review your 72 hour kits (part 1) (part 2)

  • Rotate 72 hour kit foods by using them for a camping trip or snacks
  • Swap out clothes for kids that have become too small
  • Check batteries in flashlights etc
  • Look over our Emergency Prep Guide to see if you are missing anything
  • Review your emergency protocols with your family
  • Update eprep plan with new phone numbers for family members etc
  • Update your evacuation list with any items that may be new or obsolete
  • Rotate water in your kits
  • Assess and update your Emergency Binder

GARDEN

  • Clean out weeds or old plants from garden beds
  • Make your 2014 garden plan
  • Refill gardens with new compost if needed
  • Prune fruit trees and bushes as necessary
  • Plant vegetables (check out this guide to when you can plant each type of vegetable specific to your area)
  • Rotate water storage by watering your gardens
  • Check water filters

SUPLIES

  • Inventory your fuel supplies
  • Make sure your fuel is still good for powerless cooking
  • Test your powerless cooking tools to ensure they are in good working order
  • Store extra or old dishes cleared out of your kitchen with your supplies instead of buying new ones

KNOWLEDGE

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We would love to see this list grow. Please leave a comment with any other ideas of things you do when spring cleaning your food storage. We will add them to the main post and make this list as comprehensive as possible!

Jodi’s 2014 Food Storage Resolutions

Last week, Julie shared her 2014 Food Storage Goals with you, and now it’s MY turn. I have always loved setting goals, but definitely struggle with the follow-through. So this year I’m going to be using these cute worksheets to help me come up with steps to start working on them asap and to really detail WHY I am doing these goals. I hope this will help me to keep referring back to them and working on them throughout the year.

  • Try one new recipe per week. Sometimes I get in a cooking rut. I actually LOVE to cook and love to try new recipes. But I HATE how stressful it feels with four little “helpers”, busy busy afternoons, and picky eaters. It sort of zaps the fun out of it so I resort to a lot of “easy dinners”, or just making the things I know the kids will eat without complaining. This year I want to focus on trying new recipes, especially ones that use food storage foods. I figure planning it once per week on a day I know isn’t too busy and making sure I have the right ingredients for it in advance will make it easier to follow-through on this. I’m also going to not let picky eaters dictate what we eat. I WILL make them try something new once a week, that won’t kill them right?
  • Get my gardens and fruit trees installed. We moved into a new home last year and spent the summer working on getting a functioning sprinkler system and a lawn and we didn’t get any of our gardens in :( This spring I am planning to be READY. I have my garden plan laid out and the garden area is ready for an irrigation system to be installed. We will be planting 9 fruit trees, three large garden boxes for smaller veggies, a flat garden bed area for corn and sprawling veggies, and three smaller garden boxes for some fruit bushes. I know it will be expensive and time consuming to get it all installed so we are saving up for it now and will be making a schedule of when to get it all done so we don’t miss out on another garden season!
  • Implement my three month supply rotation plan. I have a lot more space upstairs in my new house so I end up keeping a lot of food upstairs and don’t use my downstairs supplies as much. This becomes a problem when I think I have things in the basement but I don’t. So my new plan is to do my meal plan at the beginning of the month (including my one new recipe per week as per my goal above). Then I will “grocery shop” from the basement for all pantry items that I will be needing that month. Then I’ll go to the grocery store and buy all the fresh ingredients I need as well as whatever pantry items were on the list. When I come home I will take those items immediately to the basement. So I will always have a three month supply of those pantry items downstairs, but I will constantly be rotating and restocking them without worrying about depleting them. I am crossing my fingers that I can keep up with this plan. I think it will ease my stress a lot!


What are YOUR food storage goals for 2014?

Julie’s 2014 Food Storage Goals

I guess this is old news at this point but HAPPY NEW YEARS! We hope you are all doing well and motivated for another great year of building and using your Food Storage.

We were pretty quiet here and on facebook, as we spent some extra time with our families who were home from school and other obligations. Now that we’re back into the swing of things we wanted to start off the year by sharing our 2014 Food Storage goals with you. It’s become somewhat of a tradition on the blog and it provides us with a road map of things to work on for the year. Today Julie will be the one sharing her goals, check back later this week for Jodi’s goals.

  • Be smarter about meal planning. If you’ve followed us for awhile you know that I’m the one who likes to wing it with recipes and meal planning. It’s always worked for me, so why not? Well I’ll tell you why not. I now have 3 growing boys who are in sports and are eating faster than I can cook. I need to find meals and recipes that I can rotate through that feed hungry boys, without me being in the kitchen all day. I’m hoping to use my food storage foods to do this. We were guilty of eating out more than I would have liked to last year so this is a good goal for our family.
  • Understand purification and filtration better. I have a lot of water stored. I have some really great tools for filtration and purification stored as well. The problem is, I couldn’t explain exactly how those tools work very well to someone without using my notes. I would like to understand them well enough that I have complete confidence in my understanding of how they work.
  • Find 5 go-to Freezer Meals I know this feels like my first goal, but it’s not the exact same. I want to find 5 meals I have tried and tested to know work well frozen and reheated. I think giving myself a number to shoot for is a good idea. Since I’ve got a decent handle on gathering my food storage my goals are heavily focused on using it apparently!


What are YOUR food storage goals for 2014?


7 Day Challenge 2013 Recap (New Podcast)

We are so glad to be through this year’s 7 Day Challenge. It is such a fantastic learning experience every year but it sure is exhausting! We appreciate everyone who joined in the fun and participated whether it was through actually practicing the scenarios each day, or thinking through them and still discussing on facebook or on the blog comments.

We did a new podcast episode talking about our experiences with the challenge and highlighting a few of our favorite things from others who were going through it. You can listen to it by clicking the banner below!

DAILY SUMMARIES

Day 1: Economic Crisis – “Meal Prep and Planning”

Day 2: Terrorist Attack – “Water Contamination”

Day 3: Natural Disaster- “Tornado Strikes”

Day 4: Emergency Prep – “First Aid Basics”

Day 5: Everyday Emergency – “Circuit Breaks”

Day 6: Health Benefits – “Vegan Visitors”

Day 7: Economic Crisis – “Trucking Strike”

Sign up to join

While we won’t be running another challenge again until next September, you can sign up at anytime to be included on our 7 Day Challenge email list.


The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (SUNDAY)

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.

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Truckers across the nation are striking and it looks like it will last for at least several months. No food or fuel items will be coming into your town at all in the near future. It’s time to get organized, assess your supplies, and make a game plan for the next few months.
Goal: Do a food storage inventory and make a future plan

Today’s Tasks:

  • Organize your kitchen pantry and any food storage areas in your home
  • Inventory your long term food storage items (you may use our calculator)
  • Inventory your three month supply items (you may use our worksheet)
  • Determine how long you will be able to survive without buying more food
  • Make a complete list of what you would still need to buy (long term AND three month supply) to complete your storage goals
  • Take a look at your supply of non-food items, how long would your toilet paper, laundry detergent, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. last. Make a list of all the items you buy on a regular basis at the store and tally it up. Use your daily report card to make lists of what you want to stock up on and how much you would need
  • SHARING TIME: Take before and after pictures of your pantry or food storage room and share them on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge) or write up a summary of your activities 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 … UNTIL YOU ARE FINISHED!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make cute labels for your buckets, shelves, etc. (label tutorial | bucket labels)
  • Review all of your week’s report cards and compile them into one list of future things to do/buy


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.

DAILY GIVEAWAY

Remember — This year we are going to be offering the chance to win daily PRIZES for people who are participating in one of the following ways:

  • Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
  • Loading pictures on your instagram tagging @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge
  • Commenting on today’s blog post with how you did
  • Submitting pictures/stories to us via email at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net

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TODAY’S PRIZE
2 Cansolidator Pantry Organizers from Thrive Life (great for organization and rotation in your pantry)

TODAY’S WINNER: AB , who commented this on the blog

Uncle! I saw this challange and thought, great I already inventoried my long term storage and organized my pantry just recently, this should be easy. I started inventorying my regular pantry at about 8:30 it’s now ten of 4 and I’m about half way done. (Ok I could be done if I wasn’t trying to mark down expiration dates, but then it’s less useful.) I’m going to cheat and go for a latte while my cell phone recharges. (I am using a free app to do the inventory.) On the bright side several about to expire items have determined what we are having for dinner. My husband is being his usual button pushing self and said he removed 5 items from the pantry and I have to guess which ones. I think our storage is at about 6-9 months depending on calorie requirements. Thanks for the challenge. Hopefully I will do better next year.

Please email us to make arrangements to get your prize at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy .net

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (SATURDAY)

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.

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You have house guests coming to visit today and you just found out that they are living a strict vegan diet due to health issues. You must feed them and your family today without using meat or any other foods that come from animals. You don’t have time to go to the store before they arrive.
Goal: Eat all your meals without using meat or other animal products

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make breakfast without using meat, eggs, or milk, or other animal derived products
  • Make lunch without using meat, eggs, or milk, or other animal derived products
  • Make dinner without using meat, eggs, or milk, or other animal derived products
  • Use 3 different grains or legumes in your cooking today
  • Find and print out (or bookmark) 5 recipes that use grains or legumes that you can use in the future to continue rotating and using your long term food storage
  • SHARING TIME: Share a picture of one of your vegan meals on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge) 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 cannot use any beef, chicken, pork, tuna, etc. today
  • You cannot use eggs or items made with eggs
  • You cannot use milk or items made with milk (i.e. ANY dairy)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a fancy dinner (break out the china) including a vegan dessert
  • Use an extra 2 grains or legumes in your cooking today
  • Try to avoid using products made from animal parts today (fur, leather, wool, and silk)
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.


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.

DAILY GIVEAWAY

Remember — This year we are going to be offering the chance to win daily PRIZES for people who are participating in one of the following ways:

  • Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
  • Loading pictures on your instagram tagging @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge
  • Commenting on today’s blog post with how you did
  • Submitting pictures/stories to us via email at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net

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TODAY’S PRIZE
6 #10 cans of grains/legumes of your choice from Thrive Life

TODAY’S WINNER: is JOANIE C who posted this picture on facebook

Email us at info@ foodstoragemadeeasy.net so we can arrange getting you your prize :)

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (FRIDAY)

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.

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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)
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.


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.

DAILY GIVEAWAY

Remember — This year we are going to be offering the chance to win daily PRIZES for people who are participating in one of the following ways:

  • Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
  • Loading pictures on your instagram tagging @foodstoragemadeeasy and #7daychallenge
  • Commenting on today’s blog post with how you did
  • Submitting pictures/stories to us via email at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net

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TODAY’S PRIZE
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

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 (THURSDAY)

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.

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You belong to a local Emergency Preparedness Group and were asked to teach a class on basic first aid and CPR. You must put together a packet of emergency information to provide as a handout, pack up emergency supplies to bring as a display, provide a recommendation for “home kits” and be prepared to demonstrate basic first aid skills.
Goal: Gain knowledge of basic first aid skills and CPR

Today’s Tasks:

  • Print out instructions on basic first aid techniques (add them to your Food Storage Made Easy Binder)
  • Prepare an outline of your First Aid / CPR lesson plan
  • Practice doing CPR on a doll (view video at this link)
  • Practice wrapping up an injury using proper bandaging techniques
  • Do an inventory of your home medical supplies. Add items to your daily report card that you need to purchase (there is an awesome comprehensive list of suggestions found on this post Modern Survival Blog)
  • Put together a sample first aid kit to bring to demonstrate, include a contents list to hand out with your recommendations for what the class members should store
  • SHARING TIME: Take a picture of something you did to practice first aid today and share it on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge)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
  • No extra limitations today!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Record a video of you actually teaching a pretend class
  • Purchase additional first aid books or manuals to keep on hand as a reference when the internet is not available
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.


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.

DAILY GIVEAWAY

Remember — This year we are going to be offering the chance to win daily PRIZES for people who are participating in one of the following ways:

  • Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
  • Loading pictures on your instagram tagging @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge
  • Commenting on today’s blog post with how you did
  • Submitting pictures/stories to us via email at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net

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TODAY’S PRIZE
1 XXL Series Deluxe First Aid Kit (137 pieces)

TODAY’S WINNER: DAN who left this comment on the blog:

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.

Email us at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy. net to arrange getting your prize!

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 (WEDNESDAY)

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.

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A TORNADO is tearing through your town. You have been told to evacuate to the nearest shelter and don’t know if your house will be there when you get back. Grab what you can and evacuate (after evacuating, you will come back home and will simulate being in a shelter for the rest of the day). To make matters worse the tornado knocked out the electrical grid for your whole town so there is no power at the shelter or your home.
Goal: Evacuate first then survive the day under “shelter conditions”

Today’s Tasks:

  • PAY CLOSE ATTENTION AND DO THESE TASKS IN ORDER: Pick a time that most of your family is home and you can evacuate together (maybe right after school).
  • Print out a copy of our NEW Emergency Preparedness Plan for use later today (you can use electricity for this)
  • You have 30 minutes from your “evacuation time” to grab your 72 hour kits, extra food you can stash in a cooler and use for the next few days, a way to cook your food, spare clothes, sleeping items, and any keepsakes you want to make sure not to lose.
  • Drive around with the family or go to a park for a little while. Explain to them that you will be going home but pretending you will be at a shelter with limited activities and space. Review your family plan and explain why you might need to evacuate (tornados, wild fires, etc.) and what a shelter would be like. Be careful when explaining to young children so they don’t get scared, but feel confident in being prepared.
  • When you return home, partition off a 10×10 area of your home to use as your shelter. Stay in that area for the rest of the night except to use the bathroom (the shelter has a public bathroom). Cook your food from either your 72 hour kits or the extras you brought in your “shelter” or cook it outside if you don’t have a fuel suitable for indoor cooking (but only using the fuel, and cooking utensils you evacuated with).
  • Entertain yourself and your family in the evening with no electronics (a great activity would be to complete your entire Emergency Preparedness Plan)
  • SLEEP in your “shelter” for the night. In the morning the challenge is OVER
  • SHARING TIME: Share pictures of your experiences today on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge) or type up your thoughts about how you survived today and share them in the blog comments or on today’s Facebook discussion thread

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants
  • You cannot use your kitchen or any other room of the house (except the bathroom) once you do your evacuation
  • You cannot use any electricity for lights, cooking, etc. for the WHOLE day

Advanced Tasks:

  • Your car is broken and you must evacuate on foot
  • Actually stay away from your home for the whole day and overnight in a campground or park to simulate a shelter
REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.


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.

DAILY GIVEAWAY

Remember — This year we are going to be offering the chance to win daily PRIZES for people who are participating in one of the following ways:

  • Commenting or posting pictures on our Facebook page
  • Loading pictures on your instagram tagging @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge
  • Commenting on today’s blog post with how you did
  • Submitting pictures/stories to us via email at info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net

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TODAY’S PRIZE
1 Providence Basic Travel Two Person 72-hour Emergency Kit

TODAY’S WINNER: KARI B WHO POSTED THE FOLLOWING ON FACEBOOK
Email us at info@ foodstoragemadeeasy .net to coordinate getting you your prize.
Great today, and we’re not finished!
We set the timer and packed the car! My 17 year old son and 14 year old daughter each ran to get things. I went to the garage to get 72 hour kits. I was not panicked as we packed our 72 hour kits, I was sure that they were filled with everything we needed! We grabbed sleeping bags, pillows, and then noticed no water in the car. At the 30 minute mark, we drove away only to return 15 minutes later to unpack it into our 10×10 room. Our neighbor really wondered what was going on!
We laughed as we started going through everything! Not everything was in as we had hoped- our 72 hour kits were missing important items and the clothes were not too small! My kids were thrilled to find money that I had stashed in their kits. My husband and my 72 hour kits were missing completely! I wonder where they are! (I will label everything tomorrow!)
We did grab the Coleman stove to heat things up, but forgot tongs and utensils, cups, plates, etc. We had a buffet of MRE’s for dinner complete with taste testing! We’ve decided that we need another option than just MRE’s! We are going to buy a Solo Stove after this week and look for freeze dried or other “just add water” foods! We need something that is fast, small, and easier.
I noticed that it took so long to gather the things that I needed that there was no time to gather up the momentos and other important things. Our computers are safe, thanks to Carbonite, but all of our scrapbooks, family history, etc. were left behind. My daughter, when asked if there was anything in her room she wished that she had grabbed, said, “no.” Everything else was replaceable and not that important! (Sounds like we need to declutter!)
Tonight we will sleep with our things. It makes a huge difference to write down exactly what you are feeling right after the challenge. I have a great list of “to-do’s”!
I have 2 daughters that are away at college. Each challenge I have made a list of things that I want them to be prepared for– they each have 72 hr kits, sleeping bags, and emergency food… but there is so much more I am excited to share with them!
Thanks Jodi and Julie.