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If the worst happens and a natural or man-made disaster is imminent, you will want to move your family to safety as soon as possible. While some preppers are focused on finding an out of the way location in the woods or out in the desert, bugging out on the water is also a reasonable survival option.
Clean water is taken for granted by the average American. We simply open the faucet, and out pours water that can be used for drinking, cooking, and conducting personal hygiene. The primary purpose for any public utility water system is for safe human consumption and for conducting proper personal hygiene. However, somewhere along the way, as a society we have become reckless with such a valuable resource. In fact, the average American consumes more than 100 gallons of clean drinking water per day; 400 gallons a day for a family of four. Most of this consumption is simply wasted; running down the drain during a long shower, washing vehicles, or by watering grass to keep in line with the Jones.
72 hour kits are crucial for being truly prepared. For example, what if your house were to burn down? Unfortunately, the food storage, and all your emergency preparedness, would burn with it. Your only saving grace would be having your 72 hour kit in your car.
Survival enthusiasts often resort to the Law of Threes during training and practice runs to keep the idea top of mind. The Law of Threes is one way to remember exactly what needs to be done when things get a little crazy.
For most preparedness individuals, water filtration is the preferred method to purify water. However, what if you run out of filters, or your filter becomes damaged, or you lose your water filtration device? In the preparedness community, there is a saying; two is one, one is none. The moral here is to have a secondary plan for everything, and have multiple ways to accomplish any given task. On the survival pyramid, water is second only to shelter. What if you need to sanitize a large amount of water? Your water filter would take hours, if not days to process several hundred gallons of water. Luckily, there are several different ways to purify water, some even capable of doing it in bulk.
Download our Water Filtration and Purification Methods Handout.
A disaster has struck. Your reliable public water supply is no longer working; there is a power outage. You have procrastinated, or thought “a long period without power would never happen to me”, and have not stored any water. Or, you did not know that most public and private water supplies require power to make your home’s faucets work. There is a small pond in your area, but the flood waters have brought debris, and sewage is running through the streets. To add to your troubles, your neighborhood is in total chaos from the disaster, and looters are going from house to house. Does this sound familiar? Is this the start of another survival novel? No, it is what is going on right now in the Northeast following Hurricane Sandy.
Although most of us believe we are prepared for anything, or are working to reach that self-sustainability level, sometimes we are caught off guard. In the Spring of 2012, a wind storm left the D.C./Capital area helpless, as high winds and broken tree limbs crippled the electrical system. This violent, but brief storm, demonstrated how vulnerable our public infrastructure really is. Although I had a basement full of preparations, it took me nearly two hours before I had the situation under control. While this response time was better than most of my neighbors, I found it unacceptable. With several natural disasters ongoing across the US, and with Hurricane Season about to hit the US (remember Hurricane Sandy last October?), we need to be eliminate our complacency. Using my lessons learned over the years I developed a Storm Preparedness Guide.
Instead of getting into the science of water treatment and filtration, I would rather recommend a few products that I used, I have researched, and that review well. I believe having a water filtration plan is more important than having large amounts of water on hand. Before all of the water storage guys start shaking their head in disgust, please hear me out.