Emergency Drinking Water
The foundation of any disaster preparedness plan is sufficient access to emergency drinking water. Without enough water, one cannot hope to survive any disaster for an extended period of time. Thankfully, there are more than a few known methods to get access to clean drinking water for emergency purposes. If you are currently planning on how to put together a disaster preparedness kit that works, this post will provide valuable tips regarding securing your emergency drinking water.
Here are the two most common options:
•Pre-stored emergency drinking water. The most convenient option for securing drinking water in preparation for emergencies is to stock it beforehand. This requires finding an ideal container stationed at a secure location that will be readily available in times of emergency. For these considerations, experts recommend recycling big plastic drums which can be placed in the basement or in the kitchen area ready for use at any time. Likewise, it is very important to remember that the volume of water stored has to be planned properly in order to meet the family’s needs for the duration of the emergency. At least a gallon of emergency drinking water per person per day has to be sufficiently provisioned to avoid shortage problems during the period.
•Portable purification methods. Even pre-stored water has its shortcomings. For one, unforeseen events can dramatically drag an emergency through an extended period burning through valuable water without any assurance of relief. This is where portable purification methods can become very useful: as a way to augment an existing supply, or even as a source of fresh drinking water if there are no pre-stored supplies to begin with.
The most common method is to use commercial filtration devices like a hand-pump driven 5-stage filter that is readily available in hardware stores for a very economical price. In the absence of commercial filters, home-made filters can also be fashioned from a few layers of cotton clothing in order to remove suspended solids from the water.
Beyond filtration, disinfection methods can also be used to render water from streams or lakes drinkable. Boiling the water is ideal as it kills off majority of potential disease vectors in the water. The use of chemical disinfectants like iodine and chlorine tablets is also common practice among survivalists and can be readily applied for emergency drinking water in the home. Even ordinary household bleach can be mixed into the water in proper proportion to make it drinkable.
The ideal situation, of course, requires combining pre-storage and purification methods to gain access to emergency drinking water. With potable water being a very valuable and critical resource, one cannot have too much water. Consequently, providing multiple fail-safe options for getting water is a can’t-miss plan for anyone. So which of these methods are you planning to apply when crafting your emergency preparedness plan?