We already started talking about family emergency preparations for different kinds of emergencies. Last week I touched on chemical spills and a 10 minute evacuation concept (see it HERE).
More likely than chemical spills is evacuation due to wildfires as we have a 28 state serious drought problem right now.
What other things do we need to consider?
The list could go on!
What is the FIRST thing to do?
Get stocked up on water.
We can live almost 30 days without food, but only a few days without water!
You will need MORE water than you think you do…and need two different kinds: drinking water and washing/cleaning water.
I am not normally a fan of bottled water – but this is a good reason to have some on hand. When you get a good deal on it, grab a few extra for your emergency prep area. FEMA says 72 hour supplies of things for emergencies, but if it is a bad situation, it could take 3-4 WEEKS to get any help. Sad;u. we have seen this repeatedly through different situations over the last few years.
You can’t get to a store, the stores are all closed or empty, you can’t turn on a faucet. Bottled water will be your friend.
Now, there are other things you can do instead of buying bottled water – water filter pitchers (most won’t eliminate bacteria from water) or water purification tablets (funky taste) – or simply boiling all water for 30 minutes so it is drinkable (hassle).
Let’s talk cleaning water. For washing up, doing dishes, helping to flush the toilet — you will need water too! A simple way to stock up on cleaning water is to fill milk jugs after you empty them. (Rinse them out first). You can also use the jugs that laundry detergent comes in… or white vinegar, etc. Do NOT rinse them out as that water can have that residual remnants in there and be more useful when needed. You can even stock those in the garage if you want – just make sure they are not FULL if your garage freeze in the winter like mine does. Leave about 2 cups of water out and you have plenty of “head room” for the water expansion.