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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sept. 2011 Provident Living challenges

Do one of these by the October Relief Society meeting and get a prize!
1)Buy enough peanut butter and jelly to make sandwiches for your family for three months. 
 You need to determine how many sandwiches your family would eat each week, and how much peanut butter and jelly you use for each sandwich.  I gave some pointers for calculating that on my blog yesterday (Aug. 31, 2011).
2) Sign up for the Seven Day Challenge on 
I signed up to participate last September, and had many great learning experiences as I had to change a tire, go without city water, go without electricity, and other mock disasters.
There are no consequences if you sign up and then don’t participate.  But I want you to sign up so that you can see all the comments on Facebook as about 2000 people try to live through their assigned hardships.
From their website: 

“The Seven Day Challenge is our way of celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Month in September. The Challenge is a week long series of mock emergencies with daily limitations and tasks to help assess your level of preparedness. On a surprise day in September, participants are notified that the Challenge has begun. Most of the learning and fun occurs as we share our experiences through comments, surveys, and Facebook. 

Seven Day Challenge pages from previous years can help you prepare for the next challenge. We encourage you to check them out, and start preparing now! ARE YOU READY?
2010 7 DAY CHALLENGE Overview
2009 7 DAY CHALLENGE Overview

3) Think of two items you were lacking for hurricane preparedness, and buy them this month.
We usually only have two challenges per month, but I felt we needed a third this time.
Consider Hurricane Irene as a practice run.  What if it had hit us hard?  Using the news stories of the devastation in New Jersey and Vermont as suggestions, consider what supplies you need to have in your home.
These could be items such as:
One week's worth of easy to prepare food
One week’s worth of diapers, formula, feminine hygiene, toilet paper
One week’s worth of paper plates, paper cups, plastic silverware
Bottled Water- a minimum of 1 gallon per person per day.  (But you need much more than that!)
More flashlights
A campstove or fuel for cooking
A lantern
An inverter to plug into your car, to power a TV or laptop.

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