Saturday, June 30, 2012

Preparedness Challenge #36

Welcome to the Preparedness Challenge! Each month USA Emergency Supply hosts a give away to encourage families to set something aside to prepare for a time of emergency or the unexpected. Those who link up or leave a comment of something they did during the month to be prepared will be entered in the drawing (please take a moment to read the rules at the bottom of the post).

How I Met The Challenge!

Here's what I did this month in each category (see category definitions near bottom of the post)...

• Food Storage:  Our cow half arrived and my freezer is nice an full! This used up a lot of our food budget, but we're saving a LOT of money and eating great beef!

• Emergency Preparedness: I purchased three aloe vera plants for emergency medical needs such as burns. I plan to buy a few more so we have plenty on hand. I also signed up for the Family Herbalist Course through Vintage Remedies so I could learn to meet some of our health care needs at home. 

• Sustainable Living: Finally got the raspberries and another fig tree planted! I just put in another couple of raised bed boxes and will be seeding those a.s.a.p. Made another batch of liquid soup and a couple of homemade cleaners from essential oils and vinegars, etc.

The Give-Away & Last Month's Winner!

Last month's give-away from USA Emergency Supply included an emergency response kit and Kurt King's "Herbs to the Rescue", an herbal first aid handbook. I'm pleased to announce the winner today...

Congratulations LINDA G!

This month the give-away item is a Aquamira Water Bottle and Filter, a great item to have with you for those summer hikes, camping trips, bike adventures, water rafting... whatever it is you do in the big outdoors. But it would also be great to keep in the car, at the office, or in a backpack... just in case! And now is a good time to remind everyone that staying hydrated during an emergency or crisis is critical! Your body needs all the resources possible when it's being taxed emotionally and physically. 

Now it's your turn to join the Preparedness Challenge..

Join the Challenge & Enter The Give Away

To be entered in the drawing, leave a comment (with your email info) on something you did this week to be more prepared in terms of food storage, emergencies, or sustainable living (or all three areas!) OR link up your Preparedness Challenge blog post (you only need to comment or postnot both). Posts not related to at least one of the three areas of preparedness will not be counted toward the give-away. Please be sure to clearly state in your comment or post what you did this month to be more prepared (see my example above as one easy way to do this). Again, the three areas we are focusing on include: 

• food storage for life's unexpected events whether related to long term effects from a disaster or a job loss and everything in between

• emergencies for times of power outages, natural disasters, and such

• sustainable living in order to be more independent, both physically and financially, and to live as close to the land as possible given each individual's situation 

Please be respectful of our challenge and only add a post on one of these three preparedness topics ONLY in order to retain the integrity of the link up event. If your post is just a general homesteading post, please save it for the Monday Homestead Barn Hop.

NOTE: This challenge and give-away ends Friday, July 6th at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Be sure to take the Preparedness Challenge picture and add it to your blog so others know you're participating and hopefully they'll join up, too! THANK YOU!!


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