Many of us preppers feel like the time will come when our nation will face a major breakdown in civilized society. This is what drives a lot of us to prepare for emergencies but it shouldn’t be the only reason.
Water is one of those things that many people don’t think too much about until they can’t get it. We’re so used to being able to just turn the faucet on and have all the hot and cold running water that we need that we, as a society, have become too complacent.
Ask yourself this, what would you do if you woke up tomorrow, turned on your faucet and no water came out? Most of us have experienced this before at one time or another in our lives. Usually, it’s just a minor short term inconvenience.
After a few hours, the city probably turned the water back on and you were back in business. But, what if this didn’t happen? What if you waited a few hours and the city didn’t turn the water back on? What would you do?
Think about it for a minute. You couldn’t shower or bathe, clean, wash your clothes, water your plants and garden, or even quench your thirst. What about your pets? If you have dogs, cats, or livestock, what would they do if you didn’t have a way to get fresh water to them?
You REALLY Could Be Without Water
It doesn’t have to be a major natural disaster for something like this to happen. It’s very possible for the water source that supplies your community to become contaminated to the point that you couldn’t drink it even if it was flowing from your faucet. This happens more often than you might want to think about.
If you live on the West coast, you’re probably all to aware of the terrible drought conditions in the region. Where I live in Klamath county, officials have already declared 2014 to be a major drought year. This is one of the earliest times in recorded history that the county has declared a drought. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were at only 17% of our average annual snow pack. Things aren’t looking good for us here but in Southern California, things are looking even worse!
We happen to get our drinking water from our well so we don’t have to worry about what might happen if the city turns our water off but what if the ground water level drops and our well goes dry? This is a very real possibility for people living in the Western states who rely on well water.
The Simple Answer
I’ve asked a lot of questions in this article and the simple answer is that EVERYONE should have water stored for emergency situations! I’m talking about everyone! Whether you live in a studio apartment or on a large ranch, you need to have some water stored up.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests on their website that everyone should have a minimum of a three day supply of water stored up. As of the time that this article was written, they advise that everyone should have “at least” one gallon of water stored per person for each day that they won’t have a source of clean water. This is their minimum recommendation just for drinking water but depending upon your individual situation, you may need much more than that. I personally believe that you should store much more than their minimum recommendations because you never know how long you might be without water.
Remember, you’ll need to have water for personal hygiene, your animals, and your plants and gardens so you can never have too much water stored up. Even if you’re not a prepper, I highly encourage you to take the time to start building up a stockpile of drinkable water now! Trust me, the time will come when you’ll be glad that you did! The question really isn’t if you’ll ever need to rely on your emergency stockpiled water but when.
If you would like to read another article that is based on one method that FEMA recommends for storing water, you can do so by clicking here: How To Store Water Long Term For Emergencies.