Importance of Emergency Food
Importance of Emergency Water
How to store water long-term
Fema List of Emergency Items
In developed countries, having clean water at your disposal at anytime is often just expected to always be available. Our water is collected and treated for us by treatment plants to remove contaminants such as heavy metals, bacteria and disease. It’s then delivered to our homes and the only effort required from us is to simply turn on the tap. It’s easy to see how clean water can be taken for granted and just assumed that it will always be there.
During natural disasters, these services can be disrupted or compromised, causing the water supply to become contaminated or undeliverable. Quick water treatment solutions such as boiling or chlorinating water are only a short term solution and depending on the type of contamination may not even be useful.
The importance of proper water storage for emergencies can sometimes be the difference between life and death. It is something that all households should be supplied with. A person can survive for weeks without food but can only last 3 days without water; it’s that important.
When collecting water that isn’t meant for drinking, you can pretty much use anything to store it, but when storing water that is meant for human consumption, it is important to only use containers that are made with materials that are rated as food grade. Stay away from any container that has been used to store anything you wouldn’t consume, especially chemicals.
The easiest and probably the best way to store safe drinking water is to buy cases of bottled water from the store. The advantage to this is that everything is already properly sealed and separated into individual bottles for easy consumption. Also you don’t have to do anything to prepare the water and there is no chance of making mistakes that could cause problems later.
The main disadvantage to bottled water is that it is more expensive than tap water. Another issue is that bottled water comes in thin clear plastic containers, which means they have to be protected from light for long term storage. Make sure to keep them in a dark and cool dry place like your basement or cellar.
If you choose to use tap water, it’s recommended to use food grade containers that are specifically designed to store water. You can often find these containers at camping and sporting goods stores. Simply wash them out with soap and water, rinse and fill.
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