Preparedness doesn't come easily for any of us, but one of the best ways to truly build a foundation of preparedness is if you engage in activities that aid in your mental preparedness. The very best way I know to strengthen that particular Principle of Preparedness is to allow yourself to go through physical exercises so that you provide your mind with something valuable to recall should you find yourself confronted with a challenge that requires every bit of the preparedness strengths you've got on hand. So, the only question is, are you really committed to making 2012 a more prepared and self-reliant year? Then take a look at what suggestions we have for your preparedness efforts!
Introducing 2012 Preparedness Pro Challenges
Exactly how serious are you about being more self-reliant and prepared for life’s curveballs? At Preparedness Pro we’ve decided that instead of snarking about a December 21, 2012 apocalyptic event, that we’d focus more on being ready for anything that life has to throw at us, based on countless viable possibilities. So we’ve issued several challenges for you and your family, or group of friends, to peruse and decide which one you’re up for!
Choose it, and we’ll be a part of it, following your progress, efforts, and speed bumps either via an interview, photo article, or even filming you—whatever you’re more comfortable with. And yes, we’re serious about the privacy. We ARE Preparedness Pro after all. *wink* Of course all of these options will be done with your utmost of privacy in mind, but we all stand to benefit when we can learn from others’ experiences.
So, pick your challenge, commit to it by writing me, Kellene, and let us know you're on for the game. We’ll cheer you on, check up on you, give you some tips to make it a great family experience and we’ll ALL benefit and do something much more productive than wringing our hands. And don’t you worry, you don’t have to be perfect for us to all benefit. You just have to TRY perfectly. How’s that?
Once you officially commit to a challenge, we’ll communicate with you and discuss the” what's” and “why's” of you selecting this particular challenge and discuss how best we can help you with that challenge; and more importantly, help you share your experience with others. This approach actually helps individuals with the challenge because as you experience the challenge your mind is naturally observing your actions as well. When we feel like we’re observed, we are more aware of what we do and behave a little differently as well. These challenges will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit the rest of the preparedness community who, like you perhaps, feel like they are the only ones who “get it.” I think most of our readers will totally agree that they feel like the only one within miles who actually believes that the term “self-reliance” is not a declaration reserved solely for a terrorist.
In addition to the fruits that the challenge will bring you, each challenger will receive a small special token prize that will be personal to their specific challenge and will be based on what we observe during the course of that challenge. But, even better, on Dec 1st, 2012 we’ll also give away a Grand Prize to one lucky winner that will be selected based on who made the most progress in their preparedness efforts as seen during the course of their challenge. The Grand Prize? Well, to start with... how about a Humless Roadrunner Solar Generator complete with the solar panel charging package! (I love, love, love this one. It operates my string of LED string lights for 8 hours (see video) and even my FoodSaver when I’m wanting to seal my jars again!)
So, peruse the Preparedness Pro Challenges below, select one for you and you family and friends to try, and let’s all start learning!
2012 Preparedness Pro Challenges
Time: 4 Days
To ensure you’ve got the right lights to rely on in the dark, plenty of easy foods, and entertainment for the kids, enjoy this 4 day challenge in which you turn off and refuse to use all non-electric lights in you home. This is sure to be an eye-opener as to where some of your vulnerabilities might be. So pull out your candles, lanterns, flashlights, etc. and make sure you're fully stocked up on SAFE ways to bring light into your home.
Time: 21 Days
Ok. 21 Days eating nothing else except for what’s in you home brings about a whole slew of challenges such as time management, creativity, and just as important, finding recipes that you can make with the least amount of energy, but still with quality ingredients. We suggest you make this a family challenge rather than having the burden carried by just one person. Whether you start out “cold-turkey” or you actually try to “beat the system” and stock up in anticipation of this challenge, you’re SURE to learn something useful to help you in your preparedness efforts. Oh, and by the way, yes, it is considered cheating if you go to the furniture sale and pig out on the free hotdogs. This challenge is about YOU providing food for yourselves--being self-reliant where the principle of food preparedness comes in, not others providing it for you.
Consumer Fast Challenge
Time: 14 Days
Put your money and credit cards away for 14 days and live as if your credit and currency is no longer viable—in other words you can’t purchase or pay for anything for 14 days—nothing, nada. This means no last minute purchase for dance shoes, no lunch money, no gasoline, no dinner-out and no groceries. Plan ahead to pay for everything you possibly can before you begin the 14 day Consumer Fast Challenge, including storing what little bit of gasoline you’ll need for the 14 days. You can do it!!
Time: 5 Days
We sure do tend to take water for granted in our lives. After all, everywhere we go we have access to potable water, right? But for 5 days you’re going to need to create a water-free environment for yourself in which you can only rely on the water which you have on hand for all of your needs—bathing, drinking, cooking, thirst, laundry, sanitation, etc. You can have access to all other technology except water from any other source than what you’ve done to prepare. Thirsty yet?
Time: 14 Day
This challenge will require some cooperation from those who work around you; and it takes the Consumer Fast Challenge to a greater extreme. With this challenge you cannot pay for anything with checks, credit cards, or debit cards. You can only pay with cash or barter. AND even worse, you cannot ACCEPT any other form of currency other than the cash you have on hand and barter. Hmmm…we wonder what curve balls this challenge will bring about, hmmmm?
Time: 4 days
This is the most extreme of the power outage scenarios. It basically means that for 4 days you cannot benefit from the use of electrical power, diodes, internet, etc. Much more than just doing away with the lights, this means that your entire home will have to run on your preparedness and ingenuity. You can still go to work as you normally would, but when you’re at home you’ve got to pretend that the power is out everywhere around you. (so no calls to the Pizza Guy for delivery. OK?) You may still use your phone--as a PHONE--not as an entertainment source, in this challenge, but use it as a last resort, not to placate your own boredom or someone else’s for that matter. What will you do for light, cooking, cleaning, etc? You’re soon to find out once you wake up on the morning of the fifth day that you’re much stronger than you thought, much closer as a family than you may have thought, and of course, you’ll be surprised to see some gaping holes in your preps as well. Isn’t it better to do this than to pay a few thousand dollars for one of those wilderness survival scenarios?
7 Minutes Bug Out Challenge
Time: 72 Hours
So many people believe that they can handle just about anything that comes to them--all because they have a 72 hour kit. But this exercise will definitely help you see things a bit more clearly. Here’s the rules. You have to be able to transport with you all that you’ll need for 3 days; and you only have 7 minutes to gather it all. Additionally, you’ll have to relocate to a camping scenario where there are only a limited number of facilities. This place must be no further from your home than what you can travel to and from on a full tank of gas. Your 3 day challenge begins as soon as your 7 minutes starts. You’ll grab and go and endure until the 72nd hour at which time you can head back home.
After the Earthquake Challenge
Time: 24 hours
Clean up, check on your neighbors, (knowing how to) shut gas off, preliminary first-aid application, and being without many of your every day standard tools and supplies is no picnic but it’s definitely one of the most likely natural disasters the majority of U.S. citizens will experience one day. We encourage this particular challenge to be done as a neighborhood, whether it’s just your block of neighbors, your community, your church members or maybe just as parents of Scouts. Either way, give it a try and you’ll see some gaps that will certainly help you to be better prepared for the real thing.
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