Water For Emergencies
Storing Water For Emergencies
With the increase in emergency situations taking place in recent times such as tsunamis, tornados and floods, even for people with reliable water supplies, storing water for emergencies should not be taken for granted. This coupled with global warming which is gradually decreasing the amount of water available is cause for alarm and a sign that we should always be prepared. As we usually say, water is life. Finding yourself without water in an emergency situation can be very dangerous, not to mention life threatening.
When planning to store water for your family, the first step is determining the quantity of water your family requires. As a rule one should keep enough water for at least 3 days in case of an emergency. We are advised to store about 2 gallons of water per person per day. This amount is calculated based on water required for cooking, drinking and personal hygiene.
This is followed by identifying where you will store the water. If your house has a concrete slab on top, you can store large amounts of water. For others the only available place to keep water for emergencies may be a corner in the garage, under the stairs or maybe an unused room. The location helps in determining the type of container you will use for storage.
The next step is to find a source for the containers that you will use to store your water for emergencies. It is recommended to have both portable and permanent water storage containers. For permanent storage, there are food grade plastic barrels available and they come in different sizes. Since water is fairly heavy, it would be better to have several small barrels than one large one. Remember that water freezes in winter and if you fill the barrel to the brim it is likely to break. Always fill to about 90% full. Options for portable containers for storing water are soda bottles.
Once you have stored water for emergencies, ensure it is safe by purifying it. There are several purification tablets available on the market. You should also change your emergency water at least twice a year to keep it fresh. Never keep the containers under direct sunlight and always ensure there is a barrier made of non-porous material between the container and the ground.
Preparing for an emergency takes time, effort and money. Though it may not be easy, being prepared with regards to having water for these situations will make the emergency much easier to bear. If you have not done so, now is a good time to calculate the amount of water for emergencies you need to store for your family and make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.
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