Because I am speaking about fast approaching emergency situations, I am going to focus this particular posting solely on the short term storage of Water.
What You Need To Know
Scientists say that our bodies are made up of 70% or more Water, so that makes Water the most precious thing we have. I'm sure you already know that people can live without eating for weeks at a time, but no one can live without Water for longer than three days.
Because the weather is closer to being on the mild side, it is a good idea to begin purchasing bottled Water before Hurricane season, the summer heat waves, or any other disaster happens. Officials say that one gallon of Water per person per day and one quart of Water for you pets, will take care of your needs. Taking action will keep you and your loved ones safer than taking for granted that you will have Water coming out of your faucets when an emergency situation strikes.
If you leave your home during an emergency you may find that the stores are empty and you have nothing. I've seen first hand, that by the time the news has reported a weather situation on the way, store shelves empty really quickly. While my city was not in their direct path, I did go to the store just to purchase a few extra supplies. What I found was that people had already rushed the stores and just about everything of survival value was gone. So, I was glad that just before hurricanes, Harvey and Irma hit , in 2017 last year, I already had all my emergency stock of Water and some extra food, months in advance, so remember how important it is to prepare early.
How Many Days Do We Store For?
Officials have stated to store three days worth of water. Personally, I say store up to one months worth of water. That's a lot of Water. But why? Because in an emergency situation you won't know when, or if, the government will respond in time to help you out. Assistance may not come for a few days or even a few weeks. So in those situations even one months worth of water may not be enough.
So, with that in mind, I'm going to speak very briefly about the case of what happened with hurricane Maria in September 2017 to Puerto Rico. People didn't receive Water for weeks. In an article in the Herald-Whig dated March 20th 2018, Six months later they still are devastated. There are many people, still, without running Water, and still have many, many, other problems that the Federal Government didn't fix and won't fix for some time to come. Puerto Rico's Local Government most likely has their hands tied.
Another situation to consider is what has and is happening in Flint Michigan. That city still to this day does not have safe Water. There are other cities around the nation that increasingly have before or are experiencing the same types of problems. Sighting a USA Today article from way back in August of 2014 a large portion of Northern Ohio experienced toxins in their drinking Water. So clearly these types of situations seem be on going problems for many communities. Maybe with no end in sight to these possibly growing problems.
As many of you may already know, any kind of product you put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream. And that has a direct impact on your health. So, to be honest, boiling contaminated water is not good enough if drinking water in your city or town might become contaminated, You are not going to want to wash yourself or any family members in contaminated, poisoned water, much less drink it. Preparing before hand will give you some peace of mind and some control over your life.
You've just seen some basics on the importance of why we need to have a store of water for our short term storage emergency needs.
So, to sum it up:
Once again, officials say that we need one gallon of Water per person per day, and one quart of Water per pet per day. But why one gallon of Water per day? It sounds like a lot to consume. We know we are not going to drink the whole, one gallon of Water per day, but, we do need that extra conserved water for sanitation, washing up our selves, our teeth and cleaning dishes, surfaces and our pets bowls. And, on hot days, if you don't use your whole gallon up, there may be some days where, if the electricity goes out, and you don't have a fan or air conditioning you may need to wind up drinking or using more water than usual.
Buying your water before a disaster begins will make things easier for you when an emergency situation hits your area.