Well, well, well. It sure has been awhile and I apologize to anyone who was eagerly anticipating my next blog. I will try to be more consistent in the future. In case you are wondering, I was working on a small booklet, self-published on Amazon, called “Good Water, Bad Water”. Now I am not the world’s greatest writer, but it was a fun experience and I hope at least someone reads it. As the title implies it is about water, which leads me to today’s post.
In a previous post I discussed water, from the perspective of what is in our rivers, stream, and lakes as well as the quality of tap water. I hope that the earlier post was beneficial to some. But what about storing and collecting water? I mean, it is helpful to know what is in water, but from a preparedness perspective, storing water prior to a situation is necessary. I am sure that most people reading this would already agree with me, I mean if you are here, you probably already have water in your stockpiles.
I imagine, though, that there are many people who either do not have any water or do not have nearly enough. I am going to go ahead and say it: If you do not have water stored, you are wrong! Water is necessary for life. To me it is more important than food as you can survive for weeks without food, but only a few days without water.
So, how much water is enough? If you think about it, there is no such thing as enough. No matter how much you have it is finite and will eventually be gone. With that in mind, you should store as much as you possibly can. While a lot of people say you need a gallon per person per day, I would argue that it is more like 5 gallons per person per day. So, whatever amount you have, consider reevaluating how long it will truly last you.
Regardless of your stored amount, you are still going to have to plan for the eventuality that you will run out of stored water. What this means is that, in addition to storing water, you would be wise to store resources for gathering, collecting, filtering and treating additional water. These resources would include plain bleach, chlorine, water purification tablets and filters. Keep in mind that bleach and tablets will have an expiration date and will have to be periodically swapped out for fresh.
Another thing to consider is developing your knowledge. The time to work on skills and knowledge is now, when things are OK, not when a crisis is developing. Do you know where the nearest water source to your home is? How far is it? What is the terrain like? Can you build a still? All of these considerations are important to think about now, before you have an issue, so you are prepared for whatever may come.
So, how about it? What is your situation and plan? Are you ready for anything or hopelessly behind? Feel free to comment and, until next time, take care and keep on preppin!