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, gas station, or spending any money for the entire 7 days (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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One of your family members or dear friends has asked for some help with collecting recipes that utilize food storage. You have lots of recipes pinned or bookmarked, lots of cookbooks, recipe cards, etc. but it’s all a little scattered and hard to “pass off” to someone. Today you will get ORGANIZED and come up with (or update) a system to have all your recipes converted to food storage, printed (in case of a power outage), and duplicatable for family and friends.
Goal: Organize your food storage recipes!

Today’s Tasks:

  • Analyze your food storage recipe system, decide if you want to update it or come up with a new system (online systems are great but you ALSO need a paper/printed version) — see resources below for ideas
  • Look at your family favorite recipes, make notes on your recipe cards or printed sheets on how you would convert each recipe to be food storage friendly (or all shelf stable) — see resources below for help
  • Go to all your pinned and bookmarked recipes online and get them typed up or written down using your new (or updated) recipe system
  • Go through your favorite cookbooks (food storage or regular) and copy out your favorite recipes (converting them to food storage friendly if necessary). Add them to your recipe system.
  • Make a copy of your completely updated/added/improved recipe system (either print it if you input your recipes online, or photocopy if you have hand-written cards) and give it to someone who will love and use it to be more prepared

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a description of the recipe system you are using and what you did today to update it.

Today’s Limitations:

  • Once you have completed the above tasks, your limitations are REMOVED. ENJOY!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make a gluten-free version of your recipe system for a loved-one with allergies
  • Make a 30 day meal plan using your recipes and calculate if you have enough of your stored foods to be able to repeat that 12 times (for a year’s supply)

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CONGRATULATIONS! YOU SURVIVED THE 7 DAY CHALLENGE 2014!

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 6 (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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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A few months ago you experienced a job loss and have been eating through your food storage. You have used up your regular three month supply foods and are down to mostly grains and legumes. You had stock-piled a lot of the basics since they have a long shelf life but haven’t gotten accustomed to using them in your daily cooking.
Goal: To practice using grains and legumes that you have in your food storage

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook something using a grain you have in your long term storage (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)
  • Cook something using a legume you have in your long term storage (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)
  • Cook something with a food you have stored that you have never tried using before (all ingredients have to be shelf stable)

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of something yummy you cooked today. Share the recipe too if you can!

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You have eaten through your fridge and freezer foods and haven’t had the money to replenish. So make all your meals using only pantry or shelf stable items.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Use only foods today from the standard food storage calculators all day
  • You missed paying your electric bill and you have been cut off from power as well. Cook without power today.

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REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 (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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There have been several case of the ebola virus in your city. Everyone has been placed on a mandatory quarantine in their homes until the disease is neutralized.
Goal: To practice “bugging in” and assess first aid supplies

Today’s Tasks:

  • All family members stay indoors in your own home all day today
  • One of your family members is feeling sick, prepare a comfort food for them
  • Do some research on the ebola virus and how you can be better prepared for an outbreak (see links in the resources section below)
  • Do an inventory of your home medical supplies. Add items to your daily worksheet that you need to purchase (see resources below for a comprehensive kit detailed out)
  • Print out instructions on how to do perform basic first aid tasks if you don’t have a good manual in your home

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or detailed description of your first aid kit, shelf, cupboard, etc. We would love to see what everyone is doing to be prepared on this topic as it’s soooo important.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • You can’t leave your house at all (if you are going to church that is the only exception!)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Purchase some first aid books or manuals to keep on hand as a reference when the internet is not available
  • As an extra precaution have your family wear n95 face masks all day
  • Learn more about holistic approaches to medicine including essential oils (check out this post as a starting point)

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REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 (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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There are severe weather conditions in your area. A huge storm is expected to hit tomorrow and you have 24 hours to prepare for it. It is expected you will be without power and water for a few weeks after the storm comes through. Your house should survive the storm so no need to evacuate. Today is your day to get ready. You ARE allowed to go to stores today and take care of gathering last minute items that aren’t in your storage.
Goal: Tie up loose ends in your food storage and emergency preparedness plans

Today’s Tasks:

  • Make a plan with your family of all the tasks you will need to accomplish today. This post may help you in your game plan
  • Review your Master Worksheets you have been filling out this week. Start working down the list of items to buy, do, and learn. Write down due dates for any tasks that you don’t accomplish today.
  • Attack the tasks that will be difficult to do when the storm hits: Laundry and cleaning, fill cars with gas, fill water containers (fill a water-bob if you have one and can keep little ones away from the tub), locate flashlights and batteries)
  • Review your three month supply inventory sheet and stock up on anything you are low on
  • Stock up on fuel, batteries, candles, water bottles, first aid supplies, etc. that you may need in the coming weeks
  • Make a plan for using up your fridge/freezer foods quickly

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of everything you got accomplished today. It’s time to BRAG!

Today’s Limitations:

  • No limitations today – we want you to have complete freedom to REALLY get things done today. Consider today a work day!

Advanced Tasks:

  • Since you are planning not to have power for the next few weeks, prepare meal-in-a-jars or a menu for 2 weeks of shelf stable foods you can cook
  • Review your long-term food storage inventory and replenish anything you are short on
  • Put together several 72 hour kits of food and water for close friends or neighbors who may come to you for help

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REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT.

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

7 Day Challenge: DAY 3 (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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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There is a terrorist group that is striking cities across the nation. Your city is at high risk. They are releasing bombs as well as deadly diseases so it isn’t safe to stay in your home. Evacuate your home not knowing if you will return or if your house will still be standing when you do. You can return tomorrow morning if nothing happened.
Goal: Practice for a long-term evacuation situation

Today’s Tasks:

  • You have ONE HOUR to get ready to leave. You can start the clock now or wait until your whole family is home from school, work, etc.
  • Evacuate your house with as many supplies/sentimental items as can fit in your vehicles.
  • Camp out for the night with your whole family using only supplies that you had in your disaster kits.
  • While you are out, evaluate your evacuation plan and grab list, is there anything you wish you would have brought?
  • Take an inventory of what you brought with you, how long could you survive?
  • FILL OUT YOUR DAILY REPORT CARD TODAY – This will be important later this week!

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture or description of your loaded vehicle or of your family “bugging out” today.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • Even if you can’t camp “out” for the entire day/night, only eat the foods out of your 72 hour kit

Advanced Tasks:

  • Stay gone for at least 24 hours
  • You only have 10 minutes to evacuate instead of an hour
  • Your car is out of gas and you have to evacuate on foot

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

REMEMBER, TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE WILL BE DIFFERENT
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7 Day Challenge: DAY 2 (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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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Your state has undergone a complete financial meltdown. For now, electricity is still running but public water services have been shut down temporarily until a resolution can be determined. It may take a few days before a stop-gap measure can be put into place to restore service.
Goal: Practice living with no running water

Today’s Tasks:

  • Go and shut off your main water line in case it is not purified when services are restored (review this post if you don’t know how)
  • If you have any empty water containers … you have ONE HOUR from the time you read this to go and fill them all up, then you can use them as a resource for today
  • Prepare all your meals without running water
  • Clean all of your dishes using only stored water (practice water conservation tricks)
  • You must find a way for you (and your family if applicable) to bathe or shower today
  • Find the nearest source of fresh water to your home, bring some home and purify it to conserve some of the water you have stored
  • Do a load of laundry … without running water!
  • Calculate how much water you used today, how long can you live on what you have stored?
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – This will be important later this week!

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share your experiences on what you think was the hardest task for you.

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 running water at all, make sure to do task #1 to keep from accidentally turning it on.
  • You can’t flush toilets unless you use up your precious stored water.

Advanced Tasks:

  • Sewage plants have been shut down as well, no flushing toilets even if you use stored water
  • Assume services have been off for a while, you have used up all of the stored water in your home
  • Your car is in the shop and you must go collect water without a vehicle

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

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

7 Day Challenge: DAY 1 (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 (unless we say otherwise)! And please feel free to adapt the scenarios to fit your own family and situation.

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A massive ice storm has stuck your town over night. The drastic shifts in fall temperatures caused a freezing rain. Ice has accumulated on the power lines causing major damage and knocking out power across the region.
Goal: Practice living (and cooking) without power


Today’s Tasks:

  • Keep your family warm (or cool) as furnace blowers and A/C will not work without electricity
  • Cook and clean up all of your meals without power
  • Do an inventory of your fuel storage, how many meals can you cook with your stored fuel?
  • 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!)
  • FILL OUT YOUR MASTER WORKSHEET TODAY – This will be important later this week!

fbSHARING TIME: Visit today’s Facebook thread and share a picture of something you are cooking or an activity you are doing without using electricity. (It’s ok to use a computer or phone ONLY for sharing purposes!)

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!)
  • No laptops, ipads, phones, etc. (even if you have a way to charge them, don’t!)
  • The food in your fridge has gone bad, but freezer food is ok still

Advanced Tasks:

  • Make bread- from start to finish with no power
  • Assume all your freezer food has gone bad too
  • The weather outside is still horrible, you must cook all meals indoors

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Screen shot 2014-09-16 at 8.51.13 PMWe put together a master worksheet for you to fill out each day of the challenge. There is a separate page to list the things you need to buy, do, and learn after each day of the challenge. Include a due date of when you’d like to accomplish the task and check it off when you do it! Fill it out at the end of each day while your memory is fresh.

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

Last minute hints and tips — 7 DAY CHALLENGE

It’s the middle of September and disaster hasn’t struck yet. What does that mean? The 7 Day Challenge is PROBABLY going to be starting SOON! (That was a big fat hint, wink wink) So knowing that you are about to get hit with the worst (and best) week of the year, what are some ways you can hurry and get a little more “prepped”?

Don’t know what we are talking about?
Click here to learn about the 7 Day Challenge and SIGN UP.

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Tips for the 2014 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 and upload pictures directly in the comments. 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.

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 starting on a day when your tank is EMPTY or you have zero milk in the house.

Catch up on house-keeping
Some of the challenge days don’t allow you to use water or power, don’t procrastinate on those jobs like laundry and dishes in case you wake up and are not allowed to use your utilities that day!

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.

Fall Desserts: Apple Crisp

Fall is in the air. I LOVE IT! The cool crisp nights. The fall produce. Soups become the go-to meals. It’s the best.


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What better fall dessert is there than some warm apple crisp. The other day my sister sent me a text and said “I’m craving apple crisp – but I don’t have all the ingredients to make it”. Of course I didn’t mention if she had food storage she wouldn’t have that problem. Instead I made a delicious pan of apple crisp (using her favorite recipe) and texted her a picture of it. Aren’t sisters the best? If she didn’t live a few states away I would have invited her over for some too (I’m not that mean).

So here’s my sister’s favorite apple crisp recipe (that she couldn’t make).

She made sure to tell me to double the toppings for extra yumminess.

Apple Crisp

5 apples, peeled and sliced (or 5 cups Freeze-Dried Granny Smith Apples, rehydrated)
½ cup of sugar
½ TB flour
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ cup water

Combine all ingredients into a 9×13 pan. Combine the following ingredients in a separate bowl.

1 cup quick cooking oats
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
½ cup melted butter.

Sprinkle over top the apples. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

30 Days of Preparedness Day 13: Practice Living Without Electricity

September is National Preparedness Month and is something we celebrate every year with our 7 Day Challenge (have you signed up yet???) This year we are also participating in a little blog hop called the 30 Days of Preparedness. You can check out each day’s post over at the Prepared Bloggers Network site and get a crash course in emergency preparedness this month. We will be featured on September 13th but you get to have a sneak peek of our day today!

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Our post is DAY 13 which is an ACTION DAY! You get to practice living without power on this day. It will be a good warm-up if you plan to join in the 7 Day Challenge coming on a surprise day sometime in September. So let’s turn off that power and get started! Here are 5 action items to do to participate today:

1. ACTUALLY TURN OFF YOUR POWER
It’s very easy to accidentally flip on a light switch when you are supposed to be practicing living without power. There are a few ways you can “turn off” the power to practice today. You can turn off your main circuit breaker but that will cause your fridge to turn off too which you might not ACTUALLY want to do. So we recommend going to your circuit box and flipping the breakers on all the switches except your fridge circuit. If you don’t want to mess with your breakers you can tape duct tape over all the switches and sockets and unplug everything just to keep you “honest”.

2. Cook all three meals using the powerless cooking methods from day 10
Cooking is one of the biggest immediate concerns when the power goes out. You may have a barbecue grill or camp stove but there are other options you should consider as well. We did a powerless cooking class showing a variety of options you can use ranging from free/inexpensive tools to more substantial tools useful for long term powerless situations. You can also view DAY 10 of the 30 Days of Preparedness series for more ideas!

3. Don’t use your fridge or freezer foods
Even if you haven’t actually turned off the power to your fridge, it’s a great way to practice by only using items that are shelf stable or from your pantry. It’s nice to have freeze-dried or canned meats to add some bulk to your meals, but there are lots of meatless recipes you can make too. Use our Shelf Stable Cookbook for lots of ideas on pantry meals you can cook.

4. No electronics!
In a technological society it may be harder than you think to go without your electronics for even a day. Today will be a good day to practice unplugging. That means no tv, no cell phones, no computers! This may especially be a struggle for kids who may not understand the benefit of “practicing” this. Plan fun activities that don’t involve electronics. We like using a crank lantern and telling ghost stories at night. Candlelight board games are fun too. Be creative and have fun.

5. No air conditioner or furnace
One of the hardest things about having no power is the lack of heating and cooling devices in our homes. It’s good to practice days like this in extreme weather to know how you will manage in a true emergency. If you don’t have a fireplace, you’ll want to have some other powerless means of providing heat. If you live in extremely hot areas it will be equally as important to have a way to stay cool. We put together a list of 50 ways to keep cool when the power is out to help with some ideas.

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Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape.

Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.

Day 1 – Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 2 – The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 3 – I’m Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama
Day 4 – Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home
Day 5 – Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 6 – The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 7 – It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 8 – It’s a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness
Day 9 – Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival
Day 10 - Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz
Day 11 – The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness
Day 12 – The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness
Day 13 – Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy
Day 14 – How We Choose The Right Gear – (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness
Day 15 – Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 16 – Food and Water for a 72 Hour “Go Bag” from Homestead Dreamer
Day 17 – 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris
Day 18 – Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper
Day 19 – Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 20 – Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
Day 21 – Pressure Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Day 22 – Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 23 – KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper