7 Day Challenge 2016 RECAP

7 Day Challenge
We hope you all had a great experience participating in this year's 7 Day Challenge, whether you actively did each day's tasks or just read and followed along with the group. Here is a summary of the links to each part of the challenge following the Preparedness Cycle we introduced this year. DAYS 1-2: PREPARE These two days were spent preparing for an upcoming "emergency". Last minute preparations included filling water containers, updating 72 hour kits, and other similar tasks. DAY 3: PRACTICE - Natural Disaster Earthquake strikes! An intense earthquake struck your area and knocked out the power lines, gas lines, and city water pipes. DAY 4: PRACTICE - Family Emergency Times are tough! Due to some unexpected and rather large medical bills your family has run into financial…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 7: PROCEED

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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. TO DO 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…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 6: PRIORITIZE

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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…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 4: PRACTICE

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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…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 3: PRACTICE

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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…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 1-2: PREPARE

7 DAY CHALLENGE – DAY 1-2: PREPARE

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Tuesday, September 20 to Wednesday, September 21 Alright folks! YOU HAVE 2 DAYS TO PREPARE ... OR NOT! 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. 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…
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7 DAY CHALLENGE OVERVIEW

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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…
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ALL NEW 7 Day Challenge 2016

7 Day Challenge
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…
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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

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Welcome to the 7 Day Challenge. Today is the FINAL DAY! Did you survive? For 7 days, we have been 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. You have run into some hard times financially but have felt the need to get better prepared. An anonymous donor has offered to give you a Food Storage and Preparedness Makeover and foot the bill for it. Today your task is…
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7 Day Challenge 2015: DAY 6 (MONDAY)

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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. Your older children are learning are at the age where they are able to babysit younger siblings or other people. While they are home alone an emergency situation arises. Have your kids go through several scenarios and practice first aid and safety skills. If you have only younger kids or…
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