With the water issues in and around Toledo, Ohio in the news, this is a good time to discuss water storage. Even though they’ve this morning announced that the water is safe, this had to have been a big scare for those depending on this water supply, and hopefully a wake up call, for all of us. It can happen to all of us!
As I’ve mentioned with probably each preparedness post, some folks think of “preppers” as the crazy folks living in the woods (sounds like us so far!) with bunkers of food, water, ammo and other items buried in the hills out back (not us!), waiting for the world as we know it to come to an end. With each post, I’ve said . . you do not have to be that person . . all you need to be is prepared and the degree of preparedness you choose is relative to the dangers/circumstances you foresee.
How many of the folks in the Toledo, Ohio area do you think expected to face what they’re facing? My guess is . . not many! Suppose you woke up this morning to the same news – your water supply is not safe for drinking. By the time you know it, many of those in your area probably already knew it and chances of finding bottled water in the stores will be slim to none. Then you’re left to scurry around and try to find where water is being distributed and chances are, wait in line for it with others who are in some stage of panic.
Or, you can simply go to your basement, assess your water supply that you’ve been stashing, and decide what steps you’re going to take.
Ready.gov recommends one gallon per day of water per person. For a family of four, 28 gallons of water would be sufficient for one week, based on these recommendations. Preparedness Pro has good advice on preparedness and has an excellent article on water storage.
Don’t forget pets!
There are times when the water supply is safe to be used for everything except drinking and it would be safe for flushing toilets, laundry, maybe a shower. There are times when it wouldn’t be safe for anything or might completely be shut off and we have absolutely no water coming from the faucets. Always heed the local warnings! Hopefully they are going to err on the side of caution.
Some items of preparedness are expensive and some are even extravagant but keeping water on hand, in my opinion, is essential. 28 gallons of bottled water should cost less than $28 in most areas. At our local Wal-Mart, water can be purchased in three gallon packs, in a cardboard box, and these boxes stack nicely.
Any water that is stored in plastic, that is intended for drinking, should be kept in a climate controlled area and I wouldn’t recommend allowing the water to get hot (as in — stored in the garage or shop that isn’t air conditioned if your summers are hot). There’s been some discussion about toxins leaching into the water from heated plastic. Please do your own research and make your decisions based on your findings.
If storing bottled water, watch the expiration dates.
As you’re reading this, please spend a little time thinking about what you would do if you got the news . . this minute . . that your water wasn’t safe to drink. You have choices:
- Get in line with most others in your area to try to find water for you and your family.
- Pull a jug of water from your own supply and keep on doing what you had planned to do today.
Some will make excuses – not enough $$ to stock up (you WILL spend more if there ever is an emergency and you’re having to run around hoping to find water and pay whatever the asking price is at the time of the emergency), or not enough storage space. All I’m suggesting is that you make every effort to have some amount of water stored for an emergency.