If we were forced to live like the Walking Dead at this very moment, how many of you can honestly say you are prepared to do so? When SHTF it's about the survival of the fittest, where the fittest is the most prepared. With that being said, when it comes to surviving you have your disaster plan, your BOB, survival garden, but what about your water? Emergency Water Storage & Sanitizing 101
Imagine a disaster strikes and you have no access to running or clean water. You could be without water for weeks on end.
This survival guide will prepare you for emergency long term water storage, how to use your environment to find other sources of water, how to make water safe to drink and use, and why it is important for survival during a pandemic or crisis.
I live in an area where hurricanes are prevalent, so being left without running water and electricity is realistic. Imagine being without water to drink, cook or bath, and it's not like you can run to the store to grab water, because there isn't any. What would you do? Do you know what alternative water sources inside and outside your home are?
It's important that before using outside sources of water that you treat the water before you use it for bathing, cooking, or drinking. The water can be contaminated with chemicals, sewage, human and animal waste, or any other type of bacteria that can cause illness. Most water sources inside your home have been treated with bleach, however, may not be suitable for drinking.
It is recommended that if you buy cases of bottled water, replace it every six months. You have to look out for leaching from the plastic of these water bottles, even if they do not contain BPA, it can still release estrogenic chemicals.
The proper way to store water is in a cool dark area, like a basement or garage. You want to avoid direct sunlight when considering areas for water storage.
It's important to know how to make water safe, in the event that you go through your water supply. There are several methods that you can use to make your water safe to use.
Here are some methods that you can use to treat your water:
When choosing containers not just any type of container will do for storing water. Do not use old milk jugs, because bacteria can remain in the jugs. If possible use commercial water bottles, 55-gallon blue water jugs, or thoroughly cleaned soda bottles. You want containers that are UV-resistant, it helps limit light-exposure and bacteria and algae growth.
*Tip: Make sure that you have water treatment supplies included with your water storage. This includes chlorine household liquid bleach, coffee filters, and additional food-grade storage containers. You will need to rotate your water supply every 6 months to avoid the risk of contamination.
The importance of being prepared with different options of storing and treating water in a crisis is because having drinkable water is a necessity. At the bare minimum, you should have a gallon of water per person per day in your water storage. of the gallon is to be used for daily fluid intake and the remainder for sanitation.
Keep in mind that you need extra water for emergency purposes, pregnant or nursing women, children, and if you live in warmer climates.
It doesn't matter if the water is being stored for a crisis, survival situation, emergency or pandemic, the importance of water storage is to keep us going. The human body can go 3-4 days without water, and in the event of a crisis, you can lose running water. Without running water, bacteria and viruses will spread. This guide on storing water and accessing clean safe water was designed to give you the information that you need to prepare for being forced off-grid. Emergency Water Storage & Sanitizing 101