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.
Please note: Today is a NEW emergency, none of the limitations listed yesterday apply. Your country is experiencing a WAR and the water purification facility in your area has been bombed. All water services coming to your home have been halted indefinitely. (If you use well water, your well was destroyed too!) Today you will practice living without running water in your home and experience cooking, sanitation, hygiene, etc. with STORED water.
Goal: Learn what your water needs will truly be in an emergency
- Cook all meals (and CLEAN UP) using only stored water
- Take a shower or bath using stored water (Don’t cheat and skip this one!)
- Use stored water for flushing toilets
- Calculate your usage for the day and use that number to determine how much of a water supply you actually have
- FILL any empty water containers you have been procrastinating on filling
- Make a plan for how you will collect/purify additional water if/when you run out (use your daily report card to help)
- SHARING TIME: Post a picture or a description of the task you found most difficult to do using stored water today on Facebook or in the blog comments.
- 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. To help you not cheat, you can turn off your main water supply for the day
- To conserve water, use a sanitation kit rather than flush stored water down the toilet.
- Get ambitious and do a load of LAUNDRY with stored water.
- Go to the nearest source of fresh water and fill up several water containers and purify it.
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.
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder