Thursday, October 17, 2013

Are You Ready? Readiness Challenge Week 1

                 Readiness Challenge
                                                            Are You ready?

 With the economy in such bad shape, are you ready for it to hit the fan?  I don't know about you, but the unstableness of our country is scaring me to death.  Just look what happened in Mansfield LA Saturday night when there was a glitch in the EBT Food Stamp Card system-mass chaos and the clearing of the shelves at Wal-mart.  Yes, Wal-mart decided to let the sales go thru while the system was down in order to let people keep eating, but the situation quickly went out of control in just hours.  Police were called to help with the chaos.  People, knowing they had no balances left on the EBT cards fraudulently bought food.  Massive amounts of food.  Why would they feel like they were entitled to get away with this?  They stole massive amounts of food knowing it was wrong.  What happens if the debt ceiling isn't raised and Government stays shut down?  What happens if SS checks and disability checks are not deposited?  Mass Chaos and extreme looting!  Panic!!
  What happens if there is a natural disaster?
  Will you be one of the people panicking or will you be ready to deal with the situation?  I want to be  ready.
    I have a supply of oil lamps, wicks, and lamp oil stored.  I have many candles and boxes of matches ready.  I have purchased a hand cranked radio/flashlight.  I have a pretty nice stash of food stored.  I have some water ready, but I do need to increase the amount I have stored.  I have several guns and ammo for them--to ward off thieves and to procure food.  I have a small garden ready to plant for next year and seeds tucked away.  I have cords of fire wood cut and 2 wood stoves to heat and cook with.  My propane grill tank is full and I have 2 full spares.  I have several  flashlights and batteries for them tucked away.  I have some cash stashed away for emergencies.
   Even with the above things prepped and ready, I still feel I need to be better prepared.  Due to my husband's disability, I am responsible for my family's safety and well being and I take that responsibility seriously!  The next few weeks I am going to be making/doing small purchases/activities to be better prepared for an emergency.
  I hope you will join me in building up your stash of emergency supplies.  If I can do it you can too so I hope you take up the Readiness Challenge with me!
  This week, I challenge you to build up your water supply.  You can use Coleman water storage containers to store your water in or  inexpensive cleaned out 2 liter bottles. After filling add 2 drops of unscented regular bleach to each 2 liter bottle These can be stashed under the bed, or behind  the couch.  Easy Peasey!  Also, you can store water in those empty mason jars sitting on the shelf.          
    Remember, you need at least one gallon of drinking water per day(3 day minimum) for each person and pet. This does not include water for flushing, bathing or cleaning dishes.  That is a lot of water!
     I figure I have a 40 gallon hot water heater tank full that can be used, but that will not last long.  So, I challenge each of you to increase your water supply in order to be Ready for it to hit the fan-be it an economic or natural disaster.

Until next week,


  1. I am looking forward to doing this challenge. Thanks for the guidance.

  2. We have been doing a lot of the same things you have. We are blessed to have access to four flow wells on our road, one right next store. Our garden is growing, but not like I would like. The biggest thing I am doing is praying for guidance during the hard times that are sure to come.

    Thanks for sharing on Tuesdays With a Twist, come back tomorrow morning and share some more.

  3. In North America, the average indoor water use is about 69 gal/person/day. About 12 gal for the shower, 15 gal for washing clothes, and 19 gal for the toilet.
    Water storage is a good idea to get started with. I use 50 gal plastic drums that I placed on a stand to make it easy to fill and drain. There is a picture of what I'm talking about here:
    Best of luck!