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Church goers in Basin City are given a challenge

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Some Basin City church goers are given a challenge by their bishop, they were asked to live for the next 2 weeks with only what they have in their homes to see how well they're prepared for disaster.  And the Mormon families we visited Monday said they are well prepared for a natural disaster scenario.

As Stacey Taylor, mother of 6, puts 4 loaves of bread in the oven she says it wont last long and she will soon have to replenish it.

Here is the scenario ... A dam broke sending 12 million acres of water from the Columbia River into the Columbia Basin and the Tri-Cities are under 30 feet of water. The ground water is contaminated, power is being rationed and shopping is not an option. This is how some families have prepared for situations like this.

The Taylor's have a storage container that would be on the back of a truck, to give you an idea of size, and it's full of canned goods.

The McGary Family has learned that on top of their wood stove there is an insert that heats the house, which they were glad they had since they aren't using their heater, and they can bake cookies and biscuits on it. 

It's only a 2 week challenge but the 2 mothers we spoke with said they are well prepared for a longer situation if a natural disaster were to really happen.

The Taylor's have a chest freezer, two upright freezers, two refrigerators with freezers. Stacey says they have a lot of frozen foods meats, veggies, fruits, and they can a lot of food as well.


The McGary's have figure that they would need 14 gallons of water each for two weeks and Tamlee says they've easily got that and another way they prepare is by gardening and they raise there own beef.

The mothers also said that pretending to not have power has brought their families together even more. One mom taught piano by candlelight and another says they play a lot of games around their dining room table.

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