National Preparedness Month and the SEVEN DAY CHALLENGE

7 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…
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7 Day Challenge – Don’t miss this post!

7 Day Challenge, Emergency Preparedness
The 7 DAY CHALLENGE is quickly approaching... When is it you ask? Remember, on a SURPRISE day in September, we will email you (if you are signed up for the challenge - sign up here) and announce the challenge has begun. At that point, you will not be allowed to spend ANY money for 7 days, or go to any kind of store (for those of you who think you can use gift cards -you can't). Each day we will present you with a different kind of challenge or emergency to deal with USING ONLY WHAT YOU HAVE ON HAND! Are you READY? You WILL need a 72 hour kit/Eprep Plan. That's not a maybe, its a FOR SURE You will want your recipes printed (you may not be able…
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Emergency Preparedness Month MADNESS!

7 Day Challenge, Emergency Preparedness
You may remember last September we celebrated National Emergency Preparedness month by hosting our FUN 7 DAY CHALLENGE. Well some of us thought it was fun... others (who actually participated) may not have. Starting on a surprise day ... for 7 days, we had a new emergency to survive with only things we already had stored in our house. Julie was 8 months pregnant and didn't appreciate all the things we put ourselves through, but hey, we learned a lot and are almost recovered enough to do it all again. We use email to communicate each of the day's challenges so make sure to sign up below. This also indicates your commitment to participating in this year's challenge! Remember that building a Food Storage is a PROCESS, so don't get…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 7 WINNERS!

7 Day Challenge, Giveaways
Having conversions for things like powdered milk and powdered eggs on hand in your kitchen readily available is  A TREAT! Also, having cheese stored is a treat we know we would have a hard time living without! Prize: A Set of Conversion Chart Magnets WINNER: Rebecca Fryar (we’ll contact you soon to get you your prize) (two more sets to come at the end) Company/Website: Everyday Food Storage Description: Crystal over at EverydayFoodStorage.Net has made her Powdered Milk Conversion chart into a slick kitchen magnet along with NEW charts for Magic Mix and Powdered Eggs! Now making your favorite recipes food storage recipes is even EASIER. Prize: ONE case of canned cheddar cheese WINNER: Amber Woodcox Coyne (we’ll contact you soon to get you your prize) Company: Best Prices Storable…
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The 7 Day Challenge: Day 7 (TUESDAY)

7 Day Challenge, Giveaways
One of your family members calls you in a panic and says they need a treat for a party they are going to (they didn't know about it, so don't freak out at them!). You are stranded at home with no car, and can’t get to a store. DEPENDING ON YOUR SCHEDULE... ONCE YOU MAKE THE TREAT YOU ARE OFFICIALLY DONE! IF YOU WANT TO GO TO A RESTAURANT TO CELEBRATE, OR EVEN JUST A STORE TO GRAB SOME STUFF YOU'RE FREE! Sorry it's an easy day! We're TIRED! For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants (until your treat is made). You have run out of fresh butter (you can use shelf stable alternatives) You have run out…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 5 WINNERS!

7 Day Challenge, Giveaways
Make sure to read DAY 5’s facebook discussions and comments on the post to see what we all learned from having to pull cope with job loss, and water loss. (You can read it even if you don’t use facebook!) When a natural disaster happens and computers with LOCAL external hard drives get crushed, or burned, having a safe back-up location for pictures, and files is GREAT to have (not to mention viruses and crashes).  Also, having lanterns and radios during earthquakes could come in HANDY for sure! Prize: Annual Subscriptions to Mozy Online Backup WINNER:Kari Brimhall (we'll contact you at the end of the challenge to get you your prize) (One more annual subscription to come at the end) Company/Website: Mozy Unlimited Backup Description: Mozy is a simple and…
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The 7 Day Challenge: Day 5 (SUNDAY)

7 Day Challenge, Giveaways
There has been an earthquake and you have lost some utilities For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants. Your water pipe broke, and you have no water access The power has been cut off It's the 2nd day of the earthquake, your fridge food has gone bad, but the food in your freezer has managed to stay cold enough to use You’re driving home from checking on a family member and the road is blocked with a bunch of large rocks from the earthquake, did you have a small car shovel (this is a very highly recommended item to store in your car) During the earthquake a beam fell on your computer(s) and crushed it. Did you have…
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The 7 Day Challenge: DAY 4 WINNERS!

7 Day Challenge, Giveaways
Make sure to read DAY 4’s facebook discussions and comments on the post to see what we all learned from having to pull cope with job loss, and water loss. (You can read it even if you don’t use facebook!) Being prepared for a financial crisis is just as important, if not MORE important then a natural disaster (the chance of you losing your job is much higher.)  Also, when money is tight, remember doing fun educational activities around the house can be just as fun as a movie night out, or spending money on other activities. Prize: Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover Book WINNER: Jocelyn Robertson (we'll contact you at the end of the challenge to get you your prize) (Another copy coming at the end!) Company: Getting Finances…
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The 7 Day Challenge: "last few hints"

7 Day Challenge
To help you with your final preparations for the 7 Day Challenge here are some last few tools and hints: -MAKE SURE to get your family involved. Let them know it's coming. Go over the family plan with them. Get them to commit to participating with you and learning along the way.  It could be a fun activity to do say.... TONIGHT! -Print out this to do list. It's a pdf we made for you that will act as your future "to-do list".  Through out the week as you realize you are missing things, jot them down so that you can essentially create your own list of goals as you go. -Have water stored. As we mentioned in our intro post (if you haven't watched it yet, make sure you…
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It’s September — Are YOU Ready???

7 Day Challenge, Giveaways
On a surprise day this month we will be announcing the start of the 7 Day Emergency Preparedness Challenge! Are YOU Ready? Have you signed up yet? It's not too late! Here is a little introduction video about what's going to happen during the challenge.    Pre-Challenge Giveaway To kick-start us off on awarding all of our fabulous prizes, we have a little "pre-challenge" giveaway for you. Go and check out the list of over 100 prizes and sponsors of this year's challenge. THE WINNERS OF THIS GIVEAWAY HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! TO SEE THE WINNERS CLICK HERE. Prize 2 Food Storage Made Easy eBook Binders How to Enter (one winner from each) Visit our Facebook Discussion page and leave a post telling us which prize(s) you want to win most…
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