Our ward is having an activity this Saturday. They’re calling it a “Quake ‘n’ Bake” and it’s focused on preparedness, we’re supposed to bring our 72 hour kits with us and a treat made from our food storage.
Leading up to this activity the bishop announced in sacrament meeting that he’d been making some phone calls. A handful of families in the ward would be chosen to “practice”. Each was given an assignment something along the lines of pretending that there’s been a disaster and go three days without electricity, or live off your 72 hour kit for 72 hours or… well I don’t know what all. Guess who got a phone call? (Odds are I wouldn’t be telling you about it if I hadn’t.)
Before we got the call we talked about the whole concept over dinner in an effort to prepare the kids, and we talked about what we would want to do, I was hoping for having to live off our savings for a week (we could totally do that) and what we really wouldn’t want, no electricity (just kill me now). But realistically I was pretty sure I knew what, if anything, we’d get. Our family was invited to spend this week living off our food storage.
Anything in the house is fine but no shopping.
But see, last week when I did the bills things were a little bit tight so when I went grocery shopping then I only bought the necessities (milk, bread, Eggos) so already the cupboards are a little bare. And I unintentionally skimped on the milk purchase as it was so we’re already nearly out and we just finished off the lettuce for the salad for Sunday’s dinner and… well, there are lots of reasons why this week isn’t good. If we had had a little notice (you know, like the folks in Haiti got before the earthquake) then we could have restocked a bit and, you know, filled both fridges with milk (and fresh veggies) but then I figured, what the heck, let’s see how bad it would really be.
It’s not like we don’t have a week’s worth of food. We don’t have a year, but a week, sure, no problem as long as you like peanut butter, cold cereal (with *shudder* powdered milk) and spaghetti.
Needless to say, it’s going to be an interesting week.
How about you? Want to try it? Start today and don’t shop again until Monday.