September is National Preparedness Month in the United States, and I think it is the perfect time for it.  Most of us take a bit of a break over the summer and I love getting back into the swing of things in September after my kids are back in school and we are more settled into a routine.



This year, I would like to do something that I hope will help motivate you all to get just a bit more prepared and celebrate National Preparedness Month with me!

10 projects

Below I’ve listed 10 projects that you can do this month that will help your family get more prepared without costing you any money.  Some are easy.  Some are a bit more involved.

A Giveaway

UPDATE: The winners have been chosen randomly via  A big congrats to Marilyn, Cyrus, and Sharmaine!  Check your email for details on how to get your Thrive package!

I really want you to try some of these projects and get your family a bit more prepared this month.  So, in order to motivate you, I’m going to give away some free food storage to three of you that participate in the projects!

I will to give away three Taste of Thrive packages. This package provides a good sampling of nine of Thrive Life’s best foods as well as recipes and a guide with tips for using all sorts of food storage.

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How to Enter the Giveaway

You get one entry into the giveaway for each project that you complete.  Let me know you’ve completed a project by commenting below and telling me (and others who are participating) how it went and what you learned.

I will select three winners randomly on October 1st!


UPDATE: The winners have been chosen randomly via  A big congrats to Marilyn, Cyrus, and Sharmaine!  Check your email for details on how to get your Thrive package!


10 Free National Preparedness Month Projects:

1 – Take a video inventory of your home.  Walk around and video tape each room and the contents.  Pay special attention to more expensive items like pianos, jewelry or televisions.  Keep a copy of this video on a hard drive as well as a cloud (such as dropbox)

2 – Print out copies of (at least) 5 of your family’s favorite recipes.  You will want copies of these if the power goes out!

3 – Camp in the backyard.   If your house is not immediately safe to live in after a natural disaster, you may still want to stay nearby – near family, friends, your supplies etc.  Practice living near, but not in your home for one night.

4 – Cook something without electricity.  Use whatever you have – a camp stove, a bbq grill, a HERC oven, a Sun Oven, a rocket stove – anything.  The only requirement is that you can’t use electricity.

5 – Turn off your running water for 24 hours.  I’ve done this (for 48 and 72 hours) and it is so eye opening!  You will learn a lot and fill in some gaps in your family’s emergency water plans.

6 – Learn how to change a tire.

7 – Learn how to use a fire extinguisher

8 – Complete (or update) your grab and go binder.  Find free printables HERE if you need them.

9 – Create a family evacuation plan (and practice it).  Would you know what to do if told you had 30 minutes to evacuate?  10 minutes?  Moments?  You can read our family plan here.

10 – Add a first aid app to your phone.  You can find my favorite one HERE.

11 – Bonus – Take advantage of Preparedness Sales this month.  This one isn’t free, but if you have the budget for it, National Preparedness Month can be a great time to get good deals on Preparedness Items.  You can find some HERE.


There you go!  Get to work!  And then come leave comments and tell me what you do and how it goes and what you learn.  I’m excited to see what we accomplish this month and can’t wait to give away from food storage!