A Year-long Preparedness Program

Project Noah is a year-long food storage and emergency preparedness program designed to help you set and obtain goals in the area of family preparedness. The program is divided into twelve monthly assignments touching on lots of short and long term preparedness subjects including a preparing, a reporting and a sharing segment each month. Our plans include learning specific details and techniques each month, and sharing what we’ve learned with family members and others in our communities. Each month we will include these in our newsletter. These lessons are designed to be used in church or community groups focused on preparedness. Start your own group and use these newsletters as a reference resource. Many articles will link to previous articles on SunOven.com. Click through for additional information.

First Month’s Lesson

The first month’s lesson focuses on pre-disaster preparation of water storage. In addition to storing food, we will also be reminded to acquire some necessary non-food items. This month’s reminder is to acquire toothpaste and extra tooth brushes. Many dentists give out free toothbrushes and dental floss when you go in for a regular check-up. Graciously accept these and prepare a container to store dental needs. If you have children, get soft children’s toothbrushes for each child. You will need 4 for each family member per year. Add floss and toothpaste to your stash.

Short Term Assignment

The first short term assignment is to prepare a week’s menu for each meal you plan to eat. As you make up this menu, get out a paper to prepare a shopping list. Many of us just punt from day to day deciding to prepare what we feel like eating today. If you will make a menu, you will receive several benefits. First, when you shop, you will know what ingredients to buy based on the recipes you have selected. This will reduce stress when its time to cook. As you make up your shopping list, add duplicates of the ingredients so you can have extra items in storage for the next time you’re ready to make this recipe. Also, if you don’t use all of the contents of a given package, you’ll be able to plan an additional meal to use those before they spoil.
If you make the plans on computer, you will be able to drag and drop ideas from one week to the next and have mac ‘n cheese on Tuesday this week and mac ‘n cheese Friday the following week, for example, without having to rewrite recipes. Are you ready to start the preparedness trek? Remember, “if you are prepared, you shall not fear.”

Thanks to Melissa Wray for the Monthly Outline.

Project Noah – First Month Assignments

1. Pre-Disaster Preparation: Water Storage – Goals
• Begin by storing some water this month
• If you have some already stored, review & refresh; add more

2. Non-Food Items: toothbrushes and toothpaste – Goal
• Determine how many your family will need for a year
• Shop for the best prices and buy what you can afford
• Make a “dental supply” stash

3. Short Term: Three Month Food Supply and Menus
• How much food do you use on an everyday basis?
• How much is enough for 3 months?
• Goal – Make a weekly menu and use these meal plans
• Shop for meals for two weeks using your plan and selected menus

Next Month’s topics will be finding water in unusual places & more techniques for purifying water
Non-food item: toilet paper; keep a record of how many rolls  your family uses in a month.
Menu planning for dinner and breakfast menus and recipes