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Whether it is a man made disaster or a natural one, water can quickly become the one thing that you are going to need the most to survive.
And most people just don’t think to store water at their home in case of one of those emergencies. But whether the water is going to be used for drinking, cleaning, cooking or sanitation, having water stored is a vital necessity for the survival of you and your family.
What would you do if a disaster hit and the water was out? Do you have enough stored? Even if you are being conservative, the average person is going to go through about a gallon a day in water for drinking, washing, and cooking.
How Much Water Should You Store?
How much water you store depends upon a lot of different factors including:
- How many people are in your household.
- What type of disaster scenario you are prepping for.
- Whether you have access to alternate sources like streams, rivers, wells, etc.
- What climate you live in.
The more people that are in your household the more water you are going to need to store.
You also need to make sure that you store enough for pets that you might have.
Short term emergencies where you need to have your own water will require a lot less water but what if your tap water was contaminated and it would take weeks or months to fix, if it ever could be fixed?
You may live close to a stream, lake or river that you can get water from in case your tap water is contaminated.
Just make sure that you know how to purify that water before you use it.
And the climate or area of the country that you live in could determine how much water you could get from other sources and how much you would need to store.
More Water Storage Is Better!
But my thought is that the more you store the safer you will be in an emergency.
Currently Homeland Security suggests that we all keep about three days of water and food stored for an emergency.
This is great if a disaster response team can get to you in that time.
But what happens if the emergency lasts longer or their access is blocked?
I think that the amount that you should store depends upon the space that you have.
The more space that you have the more that you should store.
You can re-use food grade containers to store water or purchase containers to fill.
How To Clean, Prepare, and Fill a Water Container
Step 1: Before filling any water container it should be thoroughly cleaned. You can clean a food grade water container with dish soap and water.
Just make sure that all soap residue is thoroughly cleaned out before filling the container with your water.
Step 2: You can fill your container with regular water from your tap.
Step 3: Remember that when you use your standard tap water, it will gives the water a 6-Month Shelf Life.
To maximize your water supply shelf life just add a water preserver which can add up to five years to the life of your stored water.
Step 4: Make sure you date the water container so you know when you filled it, and when you’ll need to fill it, again.
If you used chlorine treated tap water you need to replace it every 6 months. If you used water preserver or tablets you can store as long as the package indicates before you replace it.
Step 5: In either case, always store your water in a cool, dark place. It’s also a good idea to store your water in an area of the home where nothing in your home will be damaged in case of leaks.
Make sure that you consider the area where you live when storing water.
If you live somewhere where the water could freeze you are going to need to keep the water in a place where the temperature is controlled.