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”

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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

day6prize

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

DAY4PRIZE

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

day5prize

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

day3prize

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.

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (TUESDAY)

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 neighboring state has been struck by a nuclear weapon. All water sources in your area have been contaminated with radiation. Only the water that is already stored in your home is safe to use.
Goal: Survive today using ONLY stored water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Go and shut off the main water supply to your house immediately (view tutorial)
  • Cook all of your meals (and clean up) using only stored water
  • Every family member must “shower” or bathe today
  • Research your water purifier/filter and determine if it will filter out radiation
  • Carefully track ALL your water usage, divide that by how much you have stored and calculate how many days supply you ACTUALLY have
  • SHARING TIME: Share a picture of a way you are using your stored water today 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
  • Assume any water attached to your pipes is contaminated (no using the water heater or toilet tanks)
  • No turning on your water AT ALL (actually shut it off to avoid temptation)

Advanced Tasks:

  • You haven’t done laundry in two weeks, you HAVE to do a load today
  • Don’t waste stored water on “flushing”, use alternate sanitation methods
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

day2prize

TODAY’S PRIZE
1 set of 4 WaterBricks (wonderful containers to store water anywhere)

TODAY’S WINNER: Username OkieSister who commented on the blog :

We got through the day on about 8 gallons, including baths, no hair shampooing, and water for the dogs. Did not do laundry, did clean the bathroom and do dishes twice. Accounting for weekly laundry I would feel more comfy at about 15 gallons a day. At that number we have ability to store a little over two weeks, and I would like at least a month. Great challenge!

Email us a info@foodstoragemadeeasy.net to make arrangements for us to send you your prize

The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 1 (MONDAY)

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 just learned that a family member is very very sick so you are going to stay at their house for one week to help them out. Times have been tough so your family has been eating out of your food storage. You must leave behind “ready to cook” meals made out of your food storage for your family to eat while you are out of town.
Goal: Plan and prepare easy meals using your food storage

Today’s Tasks:

  • Put together seven complete DINNERS for your family to eat for a week (either compile long term storage ingredients into a ziplock bag or mason jar, or put together canned goods into a bag to make a complete meal)
  • Make a list of breakfast and lunch ideas that your family can choose from and place the ingredients all in one spot for easy access
  • Ask your spouse or one of your kids to cook one of the meals for dinner tonight
  • SHARING TIME: Take a picture of your 7 meals and share it on our Facebook page or on Instagram (use tags @foodstoragemadeeasy and #FSME7daychallenge) or type up your meal ideas 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 must only select items for your meals that are shelf stable (don’t need to be refrigerated)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Actually compile the 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches (either compile long term storage ingredients into a ziplock bag or mason jar, or put together canned goods into a bag to make a complete meal)
  • Your flight leaves soon, you only have ONE HOUR to complete this task
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

DAY1PRIZE

TODAY’S PRIZES
1 soup in a jar kit (6 pantry cans of Thrive Life ingredients to make a simple soup meal)
1 book “It’s In the Bag” by Michelle & Trent Snow

TODAY’S RANDOM WINNERS:
Thank you to all who participated by sharing their experiences. Winners were picked randomly (we didn’t pick the reader who accomplished the task the best, we couldn’t have done that even if we wanted to. So many of you were AMAZING! )

THE SOUP IN A JAR KIT GOES TO ROWENA who uploaded an amazing photo of her meals on our facebook wall.
View picture here

THE BOOK GOES TO LEESA who left a comment on our blog sharing her meals:
Leesa: Breakfast and lunches are also complete. For my dinners I have on the shelf: 1) Chicken Salsa Soup 2) Apricot Chicken 3) Shepard’s Pie 4) Poppyseed Chicken 5) Tacos 6) Spaghetti 7) Rigatoni with Bacon. It has been my goal this summer to make these meals and others shelf stable. I have canned chicken, taco meat, salsa, hamburger, spaghetti sauce, etc… so all of these meals would be to open jars and/or packages and heat.

Rowena and Leesa, please email us at info @ foodstoragemadeeasy.net so we can get you your prizes.

National Preparedness Month and the SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE

Welcome to September! In case you didn’t know, September is National Preparedness Month, so you will probably be hearing lots about it on all of your favorite food storage and emergency preparedness blogs. Today we wanted to introduce you to a little fun activity that we do each September and invite you to join us and participate.

Back in 2009 Julie and I got this crazy idea that we should do a little “fire drill” and one day just email all of our readers and tell them a big “emergency” happened that we would all work through together. As we thought about how we could do this, we eventually came up with the idea to do a 7 Day Challenge in conjunction with National Preparedness Month. The Challenge became a week long series of mock emergencies with daily limitations and tasks to help assess your level of preparedness. We decided to start it on a surprise day in September, but we give you lots of hints to know it’s coming up soon!

We are getting ready to start our FIFTH challenge and we have learned so much every single year that we have done this with all of you. We wanted to do a little trip down memory lane to help get you excited about this year’s challenge. We hope you enjoy this and sign up to join in THIS YEAR!

We did one of our podcast episodes featuring some of our favorite things about the challenge as well as some hints and tips if you are going to participate this year. You can listen by clicking the banner below:

Seven Day Challenge Highlights

Here is an introduction to the first challenge we did 4 years ago

2009: Jodi’s kids LOVED evacuating and eating out of 72 hour kits

2009: Julie made bread from scratch to practice a dietary limitation

2010: Jodi and her family making shadow puppets at night (great electricity-free entertainment)

2010: Julie practiced changing a tire (no husbands allowed to help!)

2011: Jodi’s Sun Oven dinner failed (rainy day, boo)

2011: Julie’s little guy had fun testing out the “porta-potty” on sanitation practice day

2012: Jodi and her kids tested out a 3600 calorie bar (one of them loved it, the other HATED it)

2012: Julie’s Sun Oven cookies and quinoa were a success

Tips for the 2013 Challenge

Follow our Facebook page:
Go to http://facebook.com/foodstoragemadeeasy and make sure to “like” our page. Sometimes facebook doesn’t show all of the posts in your newsfeed so during the challenge days, make sure you bookmark that link directly and check back frequently. We love to have readers post pictures of THEIR adventures, but they are hard to see on the page. We’ll do our best to repost fun things so everyone can see them. Each day we’ll post a status where you can share your experiences that day. You don’t have to be a member of Facebook to read through these.

Follow us on Instagram
If you have an iPhone or iPad you can follow us on Instagram, our username is “foodstoragemadeeasy”. We will be posting LOTS of pictures there throughout the challenge week, and we would love if everyone could post their pics and use the hashtag #7daychallenge and tag us too. That way we can see your pics and all our readers can see what everyone else is doing there. It will be FUN! We will cover Instagram and how we will be using it in a little more detail later :)

Fill your gas tanks and stock your fridges
The challenge rules are no spending money, no eating out, no grocery shopping, etc. for the WHOLE WEEK. You do not want to get the email stating that the challenge is about to start on a day when your tank is EMPTY or you have zero milk in the house.

Print out recipes and other important information
Many of the days require you to do hard things and we don’t let you use a computer. Make sure you have some resources to help you if you can’t hop online to check a recipe or figure out how to use your Volcano Grill. Now would be a great time to put together your own recipe binder.

Get your family and friends involved!
We have SOOO much fun doing this together and getting our friends and family to join in too. We encourage you to have your friends/family sign up to participate, but at least post about what you are doing on your social media, blogs, etc. We all want our loved ones to be more prepared and this is a great way for them to see some of the reasons WHY you do what you do and it might teach them a little something too.

Review past challenges
Take a look at our “Why Food Storage” series to get an idea of the concepts that we will be practicing. We try to test ourselves on each of these five concepts of why you might be storing food. Then review some of the activities from the last four years. You can see what things you might want to brush up on before THIS year gets underway!
2012 7 DAY CHALLENGE Overview
2011 7 DAY CHALLENGE Overview
2010 7 DAY CHALLENGE Overview
2009 7 DAY CHALLENGE Overview

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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 (TUESDAY)

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, or spending any money for the entire 7 days! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

Today you felt a prompting to do an act of service for someone in need. A dear friend is really struggling and it would be very helpful if you brought him/her a meal or a special treat. You have a super busy day with no time to run to the store, but you still want to make something NICE.
Goal: Have a go-to meal or treat on hand for “emergency” acts of service

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook either a full dinner or a special treat for someone in need (be prayerful/thoughtful about this and really try to find someone you can do this for)
  • Use only ingredients from your food storage
  • Make a list of 2 meals and 2 treats that you can always create from your storage that would be nice enough to give to another family. Make sure you keep the ingredients on hand for them (add to your report card if necessary)
  • Once you have performed your “act of service” you are DONE with the challenge!
  • Compile all your report cards from the week into a master list of things to do, learn, and buy (use our master plan outline to help guide you)
  • SHARING TIME: Post a picture of the meal or treat you made on our Facebook page and/or share the story of the act of service you performed in either blog comments or on Facebook

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants
  • AFTER you have completed your act of service you can go and get a donut or a big gulp or whatever other indulgence you have been missing out on all week!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Cook your meal or treat without power
  • Make a double batch and freeze one for an act of service on another day

THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING, WE HOPE YOU JOIN IN AGAIN NEXT YEAR!


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.