Easy Water Storage Plan


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Essential to survival

Our bodies are made up mostly of water . . . something like 98%! That means that access to drinkable water following a major earthquake or other cataclysmic event is your most important link to survival. Unfortunately, many of the so-called “survival packs” of potable water are going to prove inadequate or distasteful in an emergency.

The 3-Day Water Window

Again, not to be boorish or monotonous, but we are not in the long-term survivalist camp. We’re focused on the 3-day to two-week window that it will take first responders, FEMA and relief organizations like Red Cross to get organized to provide real assistance to a distressed population. Therefore, we recommend a conservative approach to emergency preparations.

Weekly Rotation

Calculate the amount of water your household needs per day (don’t forget the pets), add 25% and set up a rotating supply of drinking (&/or cooking) water that you use and replenish on a weekly basis. That way, your water supply never gets old or stale. In our household, we keep three cases of bottled water on hand and we refill and rotate the plastic bottles on a regular schedule.

The Inconvenience Factor 

You may find this inconvenient and we wouldn’t argue with you. But, there’s nothing convenient about living through a tornado, an earthquake or any major calamity. And, there’s nothing convenient about being stuck across town or out of state for several days or a week or more and not knowing if your children at home have enough water to survive on.

We’re focused here on water for short-term survival. It’s so easy to ignore but procrastination is a lame excuse.

Joe Krueger
Your Emergency Plan Guide Team

P.S. Storing and finding water is a recurring theme here. You may want to check out these Advisories about water, too:

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