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Preparedness Challenge in Sacrament Meeting

posted Feb 28, 2017 00:55:23 by HelenPirtle
I never thought it would happen! We had a new bishop sustained last October and I am very please with the things they are trying to do. yesterday, just before announcing who would be giving the closing prayer, the counselor conducting said he had another announcement. He then issued a challenge to the whole ward to do something - anything that would be a challenge for them in preparedness. Last week and also yesterday we had the theme of Preparedness (Spiritual, Food Storage, temporal).

He emphasized that what we do is our choice. Suggestions were - don't go to the grocery store for one day, two days; turn off your electricity for 24 hours, 48 hours, or whatever would be a challenge. Those were the only two examples he gave but emphasized that it would be different for each of us. Just do something that would push you so you can see how prepared you are. He suggested that as you drive home after church to talk together about what you are going to do. He said some people may want to live off their food storage for two weeks...

I've thought about it and know the areas we are well prepared, areas we have plenty of practice. I also have determined that the area we are going to do is an area where we are "prepared", but have not practiced. We are going to use the portable bathroom situation, not just pouring stored water down the toilet. I want to actually go through the processes of using the stuff we've prepared and to see how well it works.

If you were given the challenge, what do you think you would do?
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Bob Walker said Feb 28, 2017 01:25:03
Maybe try and cook for a week without using electricity or natural gas, and not go to the store for briquettes or propane. Use only what we had on hand the minute the challenge was given.
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LoryVanValkenbur said Feb 28, 2017 02:01:29
I was thinking the same thing Bob. I think alternative cooking will be a challenge.
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Marilyn_Rigby said Feb 28, 2017 02:01:43
once my parents' ward had a challenge. They announced in Sacrament meeting that they had just had a simulated disaster and no one in the ward would be able to go to the grocery store for 1 week. If someone ran out of something, they would need to rely on neighbors for what they needed, milk, eggs, toilet paper, whatever it is.

My mom said it was harder than she thought it would be.
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SharonMoake said Feb 28, 2017 06:51:41
I only go to the grocery store once a week. When we had the snow storms last month we didn't go for about 10 days, our son did offer and got us some milk, that was the only thing we needed.
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HelenPirtle said Feb 28, 2017 16:17:03
Here are just a few things I've noted as we've done the challenge. First, we did not choose to do a eat only food storage thing because we have so much food stored, we don't need to run to the store often. So eating what we already have (including milk and eggs) is easy.

We did turn off all electricity - lights. We decided to use the lights that would use the least amount of fuel so we used our Luci Solar lights. They work really well. The key with any lights is to get them above your head. If you are using a candle, try to have a candlelabra or something to have the candle higher than the table. We rigged up a couple alternatives, my husband brought out his stand that holds a guitar. I also got a table tamp, removed the shade and using a string tied to the Luci light we tied the lights at the top of the guitar stand and top of the lamp stand. That made a lot more light shining. We set up two lights over our kitchen table and invited friends to come over and play games and FHE with us.

Because we have a wood stove, I always keep a tea kettle on it with water. I also put a larger pot with a lid full of water on the stove and we had hot water. For washing dishes, I put in my kitchen sink two large pans, not filling the sink with water. In one pan I put some dish soap and then filled it about half full with water. The other I filled half full of hot water too. I always scrape my dishes well first. I had a third pan with the gray water, water I poured into that pan was from sitting is a couple things soaking in the sink. I used that pan to scrub out an oatmeal pan. Then the dishes are washed in the soapy water pan, rinsed in the next pan and left in the dish drainer. After doing all the dishes (Yes, I didn't use paper stuff), I poured the soapy water into the gray water pan and will reheat later the "rinse" water pan to become the soapy water pan the next time. Finally, the gray water pan can be used to pour into the toilet for flushing or used to water plants, etc. This method of rotating your water helps you use less but still get the job done.

For us, the biggest challenge which we wanted to practice was using the bathroom. We have urinal bottles, both for men and also the kind for women. They do work ok. In fact, I thought using that was a lot easier than peeing into a bucket and dumping that. I had read from someone that to learn to use those and other potty devices, to practice in the shower. Mistakes are easier to clean up. So, the first time I used it I did step into the shower but found after once, it is not a problem to use.

We are doing the Pee and Poo bucket concept (using the urinal bottles mostly). I've tried using the bidet method (flannel cloths, reused), but have decided that I will rather just store and use toilet paper. When I run out of that, the flannel will be used.

That is my report for now. Sanitation is our biggest challenge and will be our learning curve.

Now I'm off to try baking banana bread ON TOP OF my wood stove. We'll see.
I'm going to try using a Dutch Oven (without legs) with the bread pan inside to create the oven effect.
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LauraNJosephBooth said Mar 02, 2017 02:27:59
Helen, I'm very curious to know how your bread did...? :) I've always wanted to try that.
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HelenPirtle said Mar 02, 2017 20:58:09
I have not made it work cooking the bread on the stove top. I have tried a couple times, now I feel like Edison, I know two ways that don't work. Here is how I've done it both times. I put the bread dough in small foil bread pans. I used an aluminum dutch over (kitchen type) and put inside it about 6 or 7 canning jar rings to hold the pans up off the bottom. Then I put in the bread pans and put on the lid. It gets hot but not hot enough to bake. When I made the zucchini bread I probably had too much dough in the pans. Next I tried brownies as they were more shallow in the pan. Still, they did not cook either.

I guess I'll stick to other methods for baking. Right now I've got brownies outside in my solar oven, Idaho Falls, started when the outside temperature was still in the 20's. But there was SUN!
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ShelleMcDermott said Mar 03, 2017 01:58:48
Helen, you are my hero!
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SharonMoake said Mar 03, 2017 03:42:17
@HelenPirtle ...how do you keep the neighborhood animals out of your sun oven? I feel like I cant use it especially on a table for fear the cats will knock it off.
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HelenPirtle said Mar 04, 2017 04:04:24
Sharon, I've just put my solar ovens on the ground. I have not had any animals bothering them.

At DI yesterday I found what is called a Rival Crock Pot Bread & Cake pan. It is a gold round pan with a lid that has slits in it to let out moisture. I used parchment paper inside and then put in the dough for a carrot cake. The lid is put on and then this pan was put inside my crock pot, set on high. In 2 1/2 to 3 hours it was supposed to be done. I did not check it but left it 3 1/2 hours. It sure smelled good. It cooked well. The cake was about 5 inches deep and cooked clear through. My next step is to try that in a solar oven, the cake pan with the lid. I believe that anything you can cook in a crock pot, you can cook in a solar oven. Solar cooking is just low temperature, slow cooking.
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Nancy'sAwake said Mar 14, 2017 10:20:42
Go Helen!! You are amazing!!
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