Best of Food Storage Made Easy 2013

We are so excited to start a new year of building our food storage, learning new skills, and helping our families become more prepared. Next week we will be sharing our 2013 New Year’s Resolutions with you and encouraging you to work on your own. But this week we wanted to give you a recap of some of our most popular posts from last year in case you missed any of them along the way.

3 BIGGEST HIGHLIGHTS THIS YEAR


Our entire website organize and categorized to make it easy to access everything in one place.


Complete revision of our Emergency Preparedness Plan with more detail and better format.

EBOOK

Brand new 3-Part eBook program to help you build your food storage and learn to use it.

Other Helpful Posts

Homemade Whole Wheat “Rhodes” Rolls
Julie shares her secret bread making tips that enable her to create delicious freezer rolls that are even yummier than Rhodes rolls and made of 100% whole wheat!
Chicken Tortilla Soup
Another freezer meal idea, this soup is great fresh or several weeks later out of the freezer.
Fuel the Fire February
This is a 5-part series covering common and less-common fuels that are used for emergency preparedness and cooking without power.
Fast and Easy Chicken Quinoa Soup
A delicious recipe using a grain that people don’t commonly store but we think is a great option to add variety to your food storage grains.
New Thrive Sauces (and Seasonings)
Thrive Life launched a new line of sauces and seasonings at its annual convention in 2013. We love the additional meal options these open up in our storage!
Sour Dough 101: Part 1
Learn the basics of sour dough and how to make a starter
Sour Dough 101: Part 2
A delicious recipe for Artisan sour dough. Great yeast-free bread option.
Getting Started Raising Chickens
Jodi shares about her adventures raising backyard chickens and gives details on everything you need to know to get started.
Tax Refund Week
Tips for helping you to make the most of your money when purchasing food storage, especially when you have a large bulk sum to spend such as when you get a tax refund.
How to Overcome Food Storage Challenges
Whatever struggles you may have with food storage, we have some tips for helping you to overcome them.
Rice Flour Crepes
Using home ground rice flour, you can make lots of different foods that are gluten-free. Great for a change of pace or if you have allergies.
New and Improved Sun Oven
The All-American Sun Oven is a complete redesign of the popular Global Sun Oven. This post is a summary of all the new features.
Greek Lentil Soup Recipe
Another healthy recipe that uses one of the legumes that you will find on most long term food storage calculators.
Homemade Household Cleaning Supplies
Learn how you can use common storage items to replace a lot of your household cleaners. It can save on the amount of non-food items you need to store.
5 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me 5 Years Ago
Some tips for beginners that can help you get started with the right thinking. Don’t wait five years to figure this out!
Pizza Casserole: Food Storage Style
A great twist on a “facebook” recipe turned into a fully shelf-stable meal.
17 Ways to Use Your Wheat Grinder
17 different delicious recipes using different legumes and grains that you can grind in any wheat grinder.
Water Storage FAQ
We discuss commonly asked questions about water storage on a podcast episode with links to lots of additional information.
10 Ways to Practice Powerless Cooking This Summer
Summer time is a great excuse to practice cooking outdoors and work on those powerless cooking skills. Here are ten tips to help you get practicing.
Summer Salad with a Quick and Easy Corn Salsa
A great go-to salad that can be made using food storage foods and taken to any pot luck or barbecue event.
How to Create a Recipe Binder
Jodi gives a step by step tutorial showing how to make a great little recipe binder to organize all of your recipes. This is a favorite gift she gives to her sisters as they get married.
What can you do with YOUR food storage?
See the different foods you can make just by adding a few more items into your food storage plan. It’s definitely a good idea to go “beyond the basics”.
Emergency Preparedness Plan: Whats New?
Download our new 9 page emergency preparedness plan to help make a plan and disaster kit for your family.
What can you do with YOUR food storage?
See the different foods you can make just by adding a few more items into your food storage plan. It’s definitely a good idea to go “beyond the basics”.
Freezer Meals and Food Storage
Jodi shares about a freezer meal project she did for her grandma and how she used lots of food storage items in her meal ideas.
7 Day Challenge Recap
Summary and links to all 7 days of the 2013 7 day challenge, an annual event where we all practice our preparedness in a fun and challenging mock emergency.
Food Storage Substitutions
Print out these handy substitutions for when you run out of an ingredient or want to store less ingredients and still make your same foods.

12 Days of Food Storage Christmas
Fun gift ideas for Christmas time or ANY time, to help you give the gift of preparedness to loved ones.
  Let’s Talk About Rice
Rice is a common grain in long term food storage. There are many varieties you can buy, and not all of them are ideal for storage. This post gives lots of detailed info on this staple food.
  Freeze-Dried Foods versus Dehydrated Foods
Many people don’t realize there is a significant difference between freeze-dried foods and dehydrated foods. This post covers all the basics to help you understand and make decisions on which ones to store for your family.
  All About Freeze-Dried Cheese
If you can have pizza in an emergency, everything will be ok. Freeze-dried cheese can make that a possibility.
  All About Yeast and Vital Wheat Gluten
These two ingredients are key to making our favorite whole wheat bread recipe but they can be intimidating if you are new to bread-making.

Happy 5th Birthday to Food Storage Made Easy!

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We passed our 5th blogiversary this summer and still kind of can’t believe we have been at this for 5 YEARS! It’s amazing how much changes in 5 years (like adding 4 more kids between the two of us), and how much we still have to learn. To celebrate this event, we wanted to say thank you to your our devoted and faithful readers with 3 PRETTY AWESOME surprises that we put together.

Has Food Storage Made Easy helped you? We would really appreciate if you shared some of these things with your friends and family who may be interested. Pin them, share links on facebook, or forward our monthly newsletter on. It helps us get new readers and be able to teach even more people about getting prepared, which we love! Thanks again for your support in walking this journey with us over the last five years :)

Alright, let’s get right to it. Here are the surprises we put together for YOU:

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What do you get when you gather almost 300 blog posts over the course of 5 years? A Food Storage Encyclopedia is what you get. You won’t believe this until you see it! All of our most informative posts are listed on the Encyclopedia page and separated by categories. You will be amazed at how much faster you will be able to find things you are looking for and be well on your way to getting your Food Storage going.

EPREPNEW
We have been wanting to revamp our Emergency Preparedness Plan for the last 2 years! Well we finally got it together and made it happen. Download this plan and you will be guided on how to create an short term Emergency Preparedness Plan for your family! This version is much more organized and easier to use than our former excel version.

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With the Food Storage Made Easy ebook Binder, you’ll finally know how to build (and USE) your Food Storage. We walk you step by step through what to buy and how to use it including information, recipes, and checklists. Download your copy today and immediately start putting your binder together. This special pricing only happens 1 or 2 times a year so don’t miss out!

DON’T FORGET TO SHARE WITH YOUR FRIENDS SO THEY CAN CELEBRATE ALONG WITH US AND HAVE ACCESS TO THESE GREAT SURPRISES TOO!

Sunday Soup: Chicken Tortilla Soup

You know the drill… You get home from church (or wherever you may be) STARVING, nothing really planned, and eating out isn’t an option. Well this is what happened to me on Sunday. We changed times for church and you’d be surprised how much more hungry you are at 2:00 instead of noon. I needed a meal relatively quick that felt hearty, and since it’s FREEZING here… Soup did the trick. Now if you follow our Facebook page, and saw me talking about chicken quinoa soup, that one I still need to make again and measure out the ingredients… This is a different one.

I had some black beans that I had pressure cooked for another recipe I needed to use. If you don’t know about pressure cooking beans- check out this post. I thought chicken chili could be good, but I also had some avocados I needed to use and didn’t really feel like eating chili. Am I the only one who meal plans based on what I HAVE to use… So anyways, I did a quick web search and found this recipe on The Food Network.

Since I’ve been making it a goal to cook my meals from scratch, it makes it so when I run into situations where we need food fast, we have been eating out a LOT. I’ve made it a goal to double recipes and freeze them more often. I’m sure there are a lot of recipes and resources out there that I can and will look into, but when I was making this soup, I thought I’d give it a try anyways. I didn’t freeze the tortillas, cheese, lime juice, or avocados… in case you were wondering.

Here’s the recipe. I made some changes out of necessity and it turned out really yummy. My family said it was for sure a keeper! In my hungered stupor, I didn’t’ take a picture. So here’s a picture of the frozen bag that is in my freezer.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Recipe courtesy Danny Boome (found on the Food Network)

Ingredients
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 jalapenos, finely diced (I used freeze dried green chilies since I always have those on hand)
6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 (14.5-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained (I used dry beans that I pressure cooked)
3 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless (I could have used freeze dried chicken and made it even faster)
2 limes, juiced, plus wedges for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 (8-inch) flour tortilla, grilled, cut into thin strips
1 avocado, pitted, sliced
1 cup shredded Monterrey cheese

Directions
In a large saucepan heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Once the onions have softened add the garlic and jalepenos and cook for another minute. Pour the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot and bring to a boil. Once at a boil lower heat to simmer and add your chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes. Once chicken is cooked remove from pot. When cool enough to handle shred it and set it aside. Add lime juice and fresh cilantro to the pot. In a serving bowl add a mound of shredded chicken. Ladle soup over chicken and top with a lime wedge, grilled tortilla strips, avocado slices and cheese.


Food Storage Made Easy Best of 2012

Welcome to 2013! We’ve been pretty quiet around here for the last 2 weeks as we were enjoying the time off with our families. We spent a lot of time playing, eating, and sleeping. Now it’s back to business, and we’re excited for 2013! We wanted to do a fun little recap of some of our most popular stuff from 2012. Check out some of your favorite, and our favorite posts. We’ll be back next week with our 2013 resolution posts, and to see how we did with our 2012 resolutions!


Most Popular Food Storage and Emergency Preparedness Posts:
How To Create An Emergency Binder
50 Last Minute Ways To Prepare For An Emergency
Don’t Say I Told You So
Canning 101 Everything You Need to Know To Get Started
Incorporating Meat Into Your Food Storage
Emergency Prep Car Kit For Babies
Powerless Cooking Event Live Recording
Saving Money on Groceries Without Coupons
Oxygen Absorbers
CPR First Aid Class
Food Storage And Allergies: Let’s Give This A Try
Water Storage FAQ
Indoor Powerless Cooking Butane Stoves

Tax Refund Week:
Food Storage Tax Refund Week: Make The Most Of Your Extra Money
Buying A 3 Month Supply In Bulk
Best Ways To Purchase Traditional Food Storage
What To Know When Buying Just Add Water Meals
What Type Of Food Storage Shelves To Buy
Top Picks For Emergency Prep Products

Most Popular Food Storage Recipes:
Whole Grain Banana Muffins
Best Sugar Cookies Ever: No Food Storage Allowed
4TH Of July Jello
Best Wheat Bread Recipe
Questions About Making Bread
16 Bean Soup
Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup
Powerless Cooking Recipe: Energy Bites
Sweet and Sour Chicken From Scratch
Creamy Potato Soup
Food Storage Blackberry Pie
Whole Wehat Tortillas
Cream Cheese And Jam Cookies With Healthy White Flour
Shelf Stable Poppyseed Chicken
Baked Sweet And Sour Chicken

Book Reviews:
Savoring The Seasons With Our Best Bites
Survival Mom
Bread In A Bag

Price Changes and Sales Coming in November

When the earthquake/tsunami hit Japan back in early 2011 it shocked everyone into realizing the importance of being prepared. Food storage and related preparedness items were in high demand and experienced huge backorders. This was very frustrating for people at a time when they were feeling anxious about getting ready for future disasters.

Hurricane Sandy in combination with droughts and higher food prices this year could cause a similar situation to arise in the near future. We are already seeing price increases among some suppliers and a few products on backorder. We wanted to let you know about a few upcoming price increases as well as some holiday promotions that would be ideal to take advantage of now before supplies become limited. We’ll add to this list as we hear about any other things on the horizon.

PRICE CHANGES COMING NOVEMBER 1ST

Wise Food Storage
Across the board price increases coming November 1st.

Over the past 12 -18 months, Wise Company has absorbed significant price increases from our food suppliers without passing along any of the increased costs to our customers. As widely reported, drought conditions throughout the US, increased fuel prices and government regulation have all combined to increase the costs of critical raw materials such as corn, wheat, dairy and beef. We hoped the upward food price trends would reverse itself but, unfortunately, it has not. Although we have never instituted a price increase in our history, these unprecedented conditions have made it necessary to make certain modifications to our pricing program. We are committed to instituting these changes in a thoughtful, measured and careful manner.

Click here to buy now. Prices will be adjusted the night of October 31st.

Emergency Essentials
Final Days of the Anniversary Sale! Sale prices end October 31st.

Premium 1600 One Year Supply
- On sale this month for $1,749.99 (individually: $2,245.75)
6-Month Lunch & Dinner Supply
- On sale this month for $1,199.99 (individually: $1,578.99)
Goal Zero Lighthouse LED Lantern AND Nomad 7 Combo
- On sale this month for $84.99 (MSRP $155.00)
Kaito® Voyager™ Pro
- On sale this month for $65.99 (MSRP $99.95)

Click here to view all sale items. Prices valid through October 31st.

HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS

WonderMill
FREE GIFT with all wheat grinder purchases

- All Wonder Junior Deluxe orders will include a FREE drill bit attachment. This attachment makes it easy to “power” up your Wonder Junior and grind your grains/legumes more quickly. (Retail value $29.95)
- All WonderMill Electric models will ship with a FREE Chef Brad Comfort Foods Cookbook. (Retail value $14.95)
- FREE SHIPPING ON BOTH MODELS

Click here to buy now and get your free gifts!

Global Sun Oven
Preparedness, Dehydrating & Turkey Roasting Package – $40!

This package includes:
- Hanging Turkey Roasting Rack
- Sun Dry Dehydrating Racks (With one roll of parchment paper)
- Two Easy Stack Pots w/interchangeable enamel and glass lids
- Multi-Fuel Water Pasteurizing Indicator (WAPI)
- Two Loaf Pans
- A totally new computer CD with over 600 SUN OVEN recipes, cooking tips, FAQs, operating instructions and a video series on how the SUN OVEN works and emergency preparedness tips.
(Entire package just $40 with purchase of Global Sun Oven)

Click here to buy now with discounted accessories!

BACKORDER NOTICES

Berkey Water Purifiers
Big Berkey and Crown Berkey’s OUT OF STOCK

The Crown Berkey and Big Berkey models are unavailable until further notice. However, Berkey is offering a Royal Berkey upgrade at a discounted price if you were really hoping to purchase a Big Berkey. You can get the Royal Berkey for just $270.50 instead of the regular price of $283.00.

Click here to buy your discounted Royal Berkey!

Humless Solar Generators
Collapsible Panels ON BACKORDER

The Humless Sentinel can be purchased with a solar panel kit. The popular collapsible panels are currently on backorder and will be shipped separately at a later time. If you order the non-collapsible panels they will ship with your generator.

Click here to buy your Sentinel at the lowest price available online!

Shelf Reliance
Ultimate Veggie Pack SOLD OUT. 6 Month Supply still available.

- The 30-can veggie package is no longer available at the sale price (due to the demand they ended the sale two weeks early). You can still get it for $378 but it will most likely be backordered.
- The 1 person, 6 month fuel, food, and water supply kit is still available through November 11th or while supplies last. It is regularly $1199.99 on sale for $930.99.

Click here for details on the packages and to place an order

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.

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

A horrible hurricane (or earthquake, or other disaster) is about to hit your area. You have to evacuate within minutes and eat out of your 72 hour kits today. While you were gone your house was destroyed. Lots to think about today.
Goal: Test your family’s evacuation plan and 72 hour kit foods

Today’s Tasks:

  • Evacuate your house within 15 minutes of getting today’s email. You do not know if your house will be destroyed while you are gone so plan accordingly. Stay away until after lunchtime
  • Eat/drink ONLY out of your 72 hour kits until you return home
  • While you are out, make a list of potential reasons you may be forced to evacuate. For each scenario, write down where you would go, what type of stuff you would need in your kits, how long you’d be gone, etc. Use this list to re-evaluate what you may or may not include in your kits.
  • Make a list of all of your valuables to submit to your insurance company since your house was destroyed while you were gone (this is more valuable to have BEFORE you actually lose everything)
  • Using the daily report card, make a list of things you could do/buy to minimize your losses in a complete house loss (i.e. Fireproof/waterproof safe, computer backup options, safety deposit box for valuables, etc.)
  • SHARING TIME: Post a picture or description of one of your 72 hour kit meals on our facebook page or in the blog comments

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 eat or drink anything besides what is in your 72 hour kits until dinnertime
  • You must stay away from home until after lunch

Advanced Tasks:

  • Eat out of your 72 hour kits for dinner too
  • Evacuate overnight using only supplies from your disaster kit
  • Contact your insurance company and find out details about what would be covered in a total loss situation like this

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.

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

A drunk driver struck a power line near your house today. Power is out in your entire neighborhood all day long. You must cook meals for your family using no electricity, and make a NICE Sunday dinner! You must also entertain yourself (and your family members) without electronics (the HORROR).
Goal: Practice living without electricity

Today’s Tasks:

  • Cook all three meals without electricity
  • Make a NICE Sunday dinner from scratch (no opening up a can of ravioli)
  • Do something FUN that doesn’t involve power
  • Do an inventory of your fuel storage, how many meals can you cook with the fuel you have stored?
  • Review one of our powerless cooking classes (online class or recorded live class)
  • SHARING TIME: What tools/fuel did you use to cook without power today? Share a picture or description on our Facebook page or on the blog comments!

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 (with the exception of posting your comments about today’s challenge, hehe)

Advanced Tasks:

  • There is a big storm going on outside and you can only cook indoors
  • Your pipes froze during the night so you have to use stored water as well

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.

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

One of your elderly parents (or grandparents, or dear friend, or child) is having severe health problems and can no longer afford home health care. You were asked to come and live with them for 2 months to help out with their day to day living and have to leave TOMORROW. Today you must help your family prepare for you to have an extended “leave of absence”. If you are single focus on getting your own affairs settled.
Goal: Teach your family knowledge and skills that depend on you

Today’s Tasks:

  • Teach the other members of your household how to do any tasks that normally fall to you (i.e. laundry, cooking basics, mowing the lawn, car maintenance, etc.)
  • Make sure to pass any financial information on to your spouse, significant other, or another family member. (Use this questionnaire we made last year as a starting point of the type of info you should pass on)
  • If you’re the one in charge of managing the family schedule and routines, write it all out and make assignments or arrangements for how the family could make it without you
  • If you live alone, make a plan for who would look after your house/affairs if you had to leave suddently
  • Make a list of all your logins for important websites that family members may need to access. Either print it and put it somewhere secure or save it in a secure manner on your computer
  • SHARING TIME: What is the ONE task that would be hardest for someone else to take over if you were gone for two months? Share in the blog comments or over on our Facebook page.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • No other limitations today.

Advanced Tasks:

  • After teaching your family how to do your “jobs” actually leave for the day and make them DO THEM.
  • If you’re single or don’t have a large household, pass along the information to a friend or family for taking care of your house and affairs FOR REAL. Not just a plan for “in case”.

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.

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


Health care costs in your country have gone through the roof. Battles are waging between government, doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies. All doctors have gone on strike leaving a gaping hole in available medical care in your community. Today will focus on what you will need to do to prepare your family for all kinds of medical emergencies, including getting yourselves healthier to avoid dependence on medications (if at all possible) and/or medical interventions.
Goal: Get your family’s medical history & supplies in order and get healthy!

Today’s Tasks:

  • Prepare a family medical plan to include in your Emergency Binder (see this sample medical plan a reader sent to us, you can be this thorough or just jot down some simple info for your family)
  • 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)
  • Print out instructions for basic first aid procedures (there are some helpful guides found at this link)
  • Review our notes from the CPR/First Aid class we attended at our church, then look up when there is a formal class in your area and SIGN UP for it
  • Research any specific medicines you are taking, find out how you can stock pile some, make a plan for how to keep them refrigerated if necessary, etc. (Also consider if making lifestyle changes could help reduce your dependency on them)
  • Since living a healthy lifestyle is so important for disease prevention, cook healthy meals AND do a physical activity as a family (if applicable) today
  • SHARING TIME: Please go to our Facebook page or blog comments and share any experiences you’ve had with providing home medical care and what items were helpful for you. This will help us all make our plans of what we need to add to our supplies.

Today’s Limitations:

  • For this day, and ALL days of the challenge: no spending money, no going to stores, and no restaurants.
  • No eating fattening foods, sugary treats, or drinking soda or alcohol today. (Yes we’re taking away all our vices)

Advanced Tasks:

  • Purchase additional manuals on first aid and emergency medicine
  • Learn more about holistic approaches to medicine including essential oils (check out this post as a starting point)
  • Practice treating a pretend injury using supplies from your house

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.