Yesterday, I discussed the importance of building a skillset and gave some early thoughts of the first couple things you need to do even before you start on the prepping checklist. I also gave you a list to follow of some basic items to work on. Two of those Items that are the most critical to obtain first, would be food and water. And both of these can easily be set up at the same time. I will explain the importance of water and how to store water in today’s post, part two of the low cost survival checklist.
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Water is the most important thing to have. Men have lived without electricity, lighting, utilities, etc, but has never been able to survive without food and water for long. But as a person may be able to go a week without food, they can only go a couple of days without water.
First, I want to go over probably the cheapest and easiest method of water storage possible. If you like to drink carbonated toxic crap, called soda, then you already have probably found the best storage bottle out there, especially for the price. Soda is acidic, and carbonated. This means that it is corrosive and that the soda has had carbon dioxide forcefully disolved in it. Carbonated beverages are usually under quite a bit of pressure. This means that a 2 liter soda bottle is a very stable plastic with the strength to hold up against pressure. If you don’t drink soda, then I would find someone that does and ask them to save them for you.
Clean out the bottles and place clean water in them. I am not saying to put bleach or anything in it, but just use clean tap water. If you cycle through, or change out your water every 6 months to a year, your water is probably still good. Here is the kicker, you must make sure you are adding clean water to the bottles.
Use the bottles for your first month of water storage. Store a bottle per day per person. So a one month supply is about 30 bottles a person, or 120 bottles for a family of four. This is your baseline water storage, and just for one month.
Since I don’t drink soda, but we go through alot of orange juice and apple juice, I like the large plastic Tropicana bottles and the large round Apple Juice bottles (just about any brand has the really large round containers). They are both of a higher quality plastic that will hold up almost as well as the soda bottles.
For storage, you may even be able to find a grocery store tossing a crate designed specifically for the storage of the bottles out. These are nice and stackable, but you can also stack the 2-Liter bottles on their sides pretty well. I would store them in multiple locations. You never know when a tree may fall on your home, or an earthquake will destroy your basement. So we want to spread the bottles out. Store 30 of them in your storm shelter or basement. Store another 30 in the kitchen. Store several of them under the baby’s crib or in your closets. We just want them spread out so if something happens, it doesn’t happen to all of them.
Like I said, you should be doing this while doing your basic food preps.
Next, you will probably want to work on some more bulk storage. Probably the best storage for the early prepper, after the soda bottles, would be 50 gallon, food-grade barrels. You could keep them in the garage, but you may want to place them outside in a place hidden from the sun. Just throw down a few cinder blocks as a foundation, and place the barrel on top. You can fill this from tap, or you can build a rain catchment system to refill the barrel for you. I would recommend having a mechanical siphon pump to get water out, or mayby just a removeable lid to dip a ladle in.
Two of these barrels would get you through your second month of water. I am NOT talking about bath water or toilet water, I am talking about potable water. If you want water for services, that will be extra.
Another storage device that you have to do nothing to obtain and fill, for most people, is a large 50 or 60 gallon hot-water heater! All you have to do is turn the heater off, and connect a hose to the bottom of the heater, open the valve, and you have water.
Any time that you have the feeling that something bad is coming for whatever reason you have, news alert or recent activity, just go ahead and fill any bathtubs and sinks you have. This would be great for flushing water. If you have a swimming pool, or nearby running creek, you have an almost unlimited amount of water for utility reasons. Don’t discount them.
You can also make the not-so-potable water, potable again by filtering it with a berkey water filter. There are several filters. It can remove dirt, microorganisms, and even chlorine, floride, and several other chemicals. It is my recomendation that all potable water go through the filter, for longevity of storage, but also for day-to-day health. If you want to see some ideas about water catchment and water storage, just go ahead and search for the topics in the search bar on the blog website, I know you will find plenty of articles.
That’s it for water, the quick and cheap way, and tomorrow I will be going over the basics of food preps. Stephen, I hope you enjoed the post!
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