Showing posts with label water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label water. Show all posts

Friday, September 16, 2016

Water is a Vital to Your Survival! What is Your Plan for Your Water Needs?


We can't live without water! Whether it is to drink, brush teeth, shower, cook, clean, or provide water to growing things, we can't live without it. An average person cannot live for more than three days without water. 

Water is critical to your survival needs.

Unfortunately, most people do not place water very high in their emergency preparations. They focus on shelter, food, security, and safety before they even began to think about water. Yes, shelter and food are important. However, without water, those things will not matter. 

So...what is your plan for your water needs? 

This will vary from household to household. The experts say to have, at a minimum, one gallon a day per person. One gallon of water multiplied by the number of people you plan to care for times the number of days you plan to be without water. One gallon of water is the minimum you should have, but I think you should have more. 

Why?

Bathing will take at least 3-5 gallons of water per person. I know in a crisis situation, bathing might be the last thing on your mind. However, if you have the potential for unsafe and unsanitary conditions, bathing in some way or form is a must. You can invest in one of these solar showers or whole body disposable wash cloths. Keeping clean will be a top priority to ward off sickness.

Washing clothes using a couple of five gallon buckets and a washer plunger will take at least 10-20 gallons of water for the bare minimum of clothes to be washed. You might have enough clean clothes to last two weeks. That is all well and good until someone gets sick. 

Washing dishes will take 3-6 gallons of water to clean the dishes properly. While it is recommended to have paper plates and plastic utensils on hand, there will always be some dishes dirty. Then you need to add in the water you might need for cooking purposes. 

Safely, you will need at least 3-5 gallons a day per person! How do you plan to store that much water? You can:

  • Store 55 gallon drums of water in a cool, dark place. 
  • Have a rain catchment system with at least 150 gallons of storage.
  • Store one-gallon jugs of water and cases of water bottles for cooking and drinking.
  • Install a hand pump for your well water.
  • Drain the water heater.
  • Fill five-gallon buckets and containers for water needs like flushing toilets and washing clothes. 

I also would recommend having a good filtration system in case you need to use unpurified water. A LifeStraw works great for one person to drink water safely. A Berkey filter system works well for a family. When you are going through an emergency situation, the last thing you need is a sick person or people due to unsafe drinking water. 

I would also be aware of the water sources surrounding your land. Is there a creek or river nearby? Is there an abandoned farm place with a working hand pump and well? Is there a lake that you can pump water from? I keep topographical maps of my area in a file for this information. It may save your life to have this information on hand. 

For more ideas and motivation for storing water for emergency needs, I asked my fellow bloggers for their water articles. Here is some really great information!


How to Can Water for Emergencies by Everything Home With Carol 

Whatever the emergency or crisis is, you cannot live without water. You need to have some on hand, a way to get more, a way to filter for drinking, and be able to do as much as possible to conserve water. Make storing water at the top of your to-do list for prepping!

Thanks for reading,
Erica


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Prep for NOW, Not Later!


Life changes in an instant. One day life is normal and everyone is going on their own merry way. The next day, you may have to evacuate your home in an hour due to wildfires or flooding. Your kids may have a life threatening illness or the new superbug. People may be starting to riot on the street outside your home. The electricity could be out for the next week. The water may be shut off for three days.

You just may never know what can happen today or tomorrow.

Yet, you will hear preppers say:

"I have a bug-out shelter", but there isn't anything in it.
"I have jars for canning and seeds for the garden", but haven't ever canned or gardened.
"I have a gun and ammo", but have never shot it.
"I have a tent and camping gear for survival living", but everything is still in the box and they have never camped.
"I have stuff for barter", but have never bartered or haggled with someone.
"I have supplies to have chickens and other livestock", but don't actually have any experience with livestock.
"I have 55 gallon drums for water", but they are not full of water.

While prepping for the future is good, you should be prepping and planning for now. Prepping for future events is a vague thing that recognizes that something could happen, but you think more than likely nothing will ever happen. Prepping for now recognizes that something could happen at any time and you are serious about being ready for it.

You can't expect to start a garden and have it produce well the first year with no prior experience. You need to be starting to garden now and prepping those gardens to produce well year after year. Canning is relatively easy, but deadly mistakes can be made. You need to get the hang of it now and be comfortable working around a water canner and pressure canner.

Wouldn't it be easier to have some of your supplies at your bug-out location now rather than taking the chance of only being able to leave home with only your clothes on your back? Do you have your 72 hour kit ready to go? Are you bug-out bags ready to go by the front door? Or are you waiting for the one hour evacuation notice? You would have a chance of getting everything you need, but you would be hurried and more than likely forget something valuable.

Having chickens and livestock is a huge learning curve. Many people do not understand how much time livestock takes. Starting with some chicken layers now and working your way up to pigs or goats would help you get comfortable with livestock. Learning to cull your flock, to butcher, and to deal with new births is not easy and the earlier you start, the better off you are when you need to support your family with this food.

Fill the water barrels today. Go camping this weekend. Get your bug-out bags full and ready to go by one of your doors. Get your preps in order today instead of waiting until something happens. You will feel calmer knowing you are ready to leave in an instant. You won't sweat not having water for a few days. Staying at home because you can't leave your home won't be a big deal.

Your mind will be clearer and you will be less stressed because you are ready for anything that could happen today. Wouldn't that be easier than being panicked and hurried because you aren't?

Get your preps in order TODAY!

Thanks for reading,
Erica


Monday, August 8, 2011

Preparedness Mondays: Water

Water is extremely important in preparedness and self-sufficiency. A person can only live three days without water.

How much water does a person need to store? Ideally, a gallon a day per person for drinking water. For non-drinking water, I don't think you can have enough water stored.

How many days of water storage do you need? This would depend on what you are preparing for. Right now, I am planning and buying three days' worth of gallon size containers of drinking water. I also have six cases of bottled water on hand. I hope to increase the amount of water I have stored to seven days' worth of water. I do know that we do not drink a gallon of water everyday, but I also need to factor in our cooking needs and teeth brushing.

When I figure out our water needs, I am doing so with the impression that our power will be gone. Our water pump is electric. No power, no water pump, no water. I am considering a generator and/or solar panels for back up to run our water system. Until then, I need to plan for our non-drinking water needs.

You can have two situations in which will impact your water storages. If you know you are going to lose power or the possibility might be there, you can fill your bathtub, empty buckets, dishpans, sinks, and other storage possibilities with tap water. Will that be enough? Who knows?

If you lose power right away and don't have a back-up system for your water, you are going to want to have water stored. How? There are as many ways as you can think of. You can fill clean five gallon buckets with water and keep air-tight lids on them. You can buy 15-55 gallon water storage containers and keep them filled. You can always start by just filling clean empty milk jugs with water. Whatever containers you use, be sure they are BPA free.

Another possible idea would be having a rainwater storage container outdoors with a pump or a faucet to be able to draw water from the barrel. Also remember, you can always draw water out of your hot water tank. Be sure you know how now and not when an emergency hits!

This week I will be increasing our water storage and I would like to invite you all to work on this too! Plan out how much you need and how much you will use. Next week, I will be talking about ways to keep your water supply fresh and ways to filter your water. I will also talk about more ideas for water storage.

Thanks for reading! Have a great night!

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