Be Prepared Immediately For The Unexpected

Click here to view the original post.

I don’t know about you, but with all that I see, read, and hear on the television it’s easy for me to have a clear understanding of why we need to be prepared immediately for the unexpected. All week I’ve been hearing on TV about the challenges families are facing on the island of Hawaii with the recent volcano eruption. Thousands have been evacuated from their homes, others are stranded in their homes because the roads are closed due to the lava rolling across them. Who knows when those families will be able to return or when those hunkered down at home will get relief.

A few weeks ago it was either a snowstorm in the Northeast, a tornado in the South, or floods in the Midwest that caused families to wish they had food in the pantry, water storage for drinking and sanitary needs, a gas tank full of gas to go visit extended family, or other preparedness items that can save lives, or just come in handy in times of need. What are you and your family members most concerned about when it comes to being prepared immediately for the unexpected?

Is it a possible war, job loss, loss of a spouse, loss of a parent, a natural disaster or an unforeseen emergency? Life happens when we least expect it. We must be prepared immediately.

Let’s discuss a few things. This may be the first time you have visited my website, or you may have followed me for many years. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are here to learn together to be prepared immediately rather than three months from now. We must start today and be diligent in our water storage, food storage and many other items we will talk about today.

Timetable for Life

3 minutes without air (I don’t recommend trying this)

3 hours without appropriate shelter whether hot or cold

3 days without water (we need water or we will perish)

3 weeks without food (I promise this would not be fun)

Water is Critical-Be Prepared Immediately

prepared immediately

You may remember me talking how long we can live or go without water. Of course, if the weather is extremely hot the time may be less. We can go without water for 3 days, we need water or we will perish. I recommend 4-gallons per day per person. The American Red Cross suggests 1-gallon per person per day. I disagree. I get thirsty just thinking I could be limited to 1-gallon of water per day. Now, I like to consider washing dishes, a little personal hygiene in limited water situations. American Red Cross Pamphlet You can look at page 7.

We need water to hydrate ourselves, cook some meals, wash some dishes, wash at least our underwear after a disaster, right? We can use baby wipes for mini baths, if you can call it a bath. We will need to brush our teeth with water, we take that water faucet for granted. We have all read where water has been declared undrinkable in different cities for days and months, yes right here in the US.

I had friends in Florida without water for days after the last hurricane. Look at Puerto Rico, my readers from there mentioned they were glad they had read my blog and were prepared for water and food storage. That was an emotional few weeks for me watching the news on how people were without water, food and so much more.

Please do not be one of those families standing in line waiting for a case of water at the city and county building because you didn’t prepare for your family. Let’s be frank here, store some water. It’s easy, just do it.

  • Cases of bottled water, not my first choice but better than nothing.
  • 55-gallon barrels, these are fine but not the easiest to pump water out of the barrel. Remember you need a bung and a siphon type pump.
  • 5-gallon containers are great, but a little too heavy for me to carry.
  • WaterBricks, I have the 3.5-gallon ones and they weigh about 27-28 pounds when filled with water. They come with a handle and are easy to carry and store.
  • BlueCans are awesome, somewhat pricey, but the water tastes better than any I have stored. The bonus is it can be stored up to 145-150 degrees. It has a 50-year shelf-life.
  • Large high capacity water tanks are awesome because some of them hold 250 gallons of water and have two spigots, one to fill buckets and one to drain the tank. These are pricey and you need a place to store them on 2 by 4’s of wood to keep them off the concrete. Concrete may leach chemicals into the plastic containers so, therefore, store all containers off the concrete.

Food Storage-Be Prepared Immediately

Now, I have changed my food storage ideas over the last few years. Yes, I have many #10 cans, you know the ones you see online filled with freeze-dried and dehydrated food. I prefer freeze-dried fruits and veggies because they last longer and you can eat them right out of the can. Therefore you will use less water to consume them and will require less fuel to cook them.

But I also store cans of food, all I need is a can opener. Cooking devices are nice to heat up my beans, etc.

I get emails from people asking what they can do because freeze-dried #10 cans are expensive. I get that, I really do. I bought several cans over several years. They have a 25-year shelf-life. Of course, the temperatures of storage areas must be controlled, a hot garage would shorten that timetable.

You do not have to buy #10 cans, but please buy beans, rice, pasta, spaghetti sauce, or pantry items in the size that works for you so you can make pancakes, waffles, biscuits, crackers, bread and so much more. Pantry Items by Linda

Let’s be real today. I want you to think about what you eat every day. For instance, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. I recommend using my chart to help you get started. Where Do I Start With Weekly Food Storage

This chart makes it easy to fill in what you like to eat for different meals. You can take your family to the grocery store and go down the aisles and have each choose their favorite foods. Grab a can or two of Instant Milk if you like cereal for breakfast. I store Instant Milk from Thrive Life for my husband Mark. Thrive Life Milk 

If buying ready-made meals work for you, then buy those. You just add water and/or heat. Today, it’s all about being prepared immediately, we never know what may be coming soon. Please read the following books. My book: “Prepare Yourself For Survival” and Ted Koppel’s book: “Lights Out.” Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected.

My Favorite Things:

Copyright pictures:

Water: AdobeStock_141853870 by Ddukang

Food Storage: AdobeStock_43547994 by Zigzagmtart

The post Be Prepared Immediately For The Unexpected appeared first on Food Storage Moms.

25 Uses for The WaterBrick, Besides Storing Water

Click here to view the original post.

The WaterBrick is a very good way to store water for emergency preparedness, especially for those with limited storage space. And, while I don’t use them personally (I prefer to use 55-gallon drums and other transportable containers) small water storage solutions like the WaterBrick do have their place. The only major problem is that they’re … Continue reading “25 Uses for The WaterBrick, Besides Storing Water”

Emergency Water Storage How to Store It

Click here to view the original post.

I’ve talked about emergency water storage many times, but it needs to be shared over and over as a reminder to do it. I had a long-time friend text my husband and asked him to ask me “ask Linda if 24 cases of Blue Can water is enough?” I laughed because I knew he was teasing me because I wrote a post about Blue Can water and his wife ordered a bunch. Why, because it’s the best water ever! Let’s be clear here, I recommend several types of emergency water storage. There are so many ways to store water for long-term.

We all have different budgets and space needed for emergency water storage. I’m going to share some ideas today that hopefully work for you. Keep in mind you don’t have to buy ALL of it today. I have slowly collected the water I need for my family of two for many years. I add a new container or storage source every year. You may remember, I don’t use bleach in my BPA free water storage containers. You can use bleach if desired, but you need to rotate the water every six months. The formula for bleach is 1/8 teaspoon per one gallon or 1/2 teaspoon per 5-gallon containers.

Emergency Water Storage

I prefer NOT to rotate my water every six months, so I did the research and highly recommend Water Preserver Concentrate. I quote from Amazon:

  • Use with tap water to store emergency drinking water for 5 years. To be used with 55-gallon water storage barrel.
  • Water Preserver is the first and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA.
  • Water Preserver was scientifically tested for 10 years to ensure its potency for 5-year storage.
  • Guaranteed 100% effective.
  • Water Preserver is a proprietary formula of stabilized, ph-balanced sodium hypochlorite with highly effective residual action that kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. Accept no substitutes. End of quote.

If I use Water Preserver Concentrate I only have to rotate my water every five years. Here is the formula/ratio for this product:

  1. One whole container for a 50-55-gallon container
  2. WaterBricks 1.6-gallon containers-1/4 teaspoon
  3. WaterBricks 3.5-gallon containers-1/2 teaspoon
  4. 160-gallon container-3 bottles
  5. 250-gallon container-4.5 to 5 containers

You can check the bottle of Water Preserver Concentrate for ratios to be used with larger high capacity emergency water storage containers.

Please remember, you must store ALL your water containers at least two-inches off the concrete with 2 by 4’s so the chemicals do not leach into the plastic containers. I highly recommend a LEAD-FREE hose to fill your containers outside. This is the one I use and share with my neighbors: Lead-Free Hose

Emergency Water Storage

Emergency Water Storage Containers

We all need water to stay alive, please do not be one of those families standing in line at a grocery store when the aisles are empty after a disaster. I highly suggest 4-gallons per person per day. I get thirsty just thinking about The American Red Cross recommending one-gallon per person per day.

Yes, that is better than nothing. Just giving you the heads up, the government may not be able to get water for anyone after a major emergency for days, weeks or months, please keep that in mind. Please, okay I am begging you, please be prepared to hydrate YOUR family ASAP for any disaster when it happens, and it will.

1. 55-gallon barrel containers:

Pros: fairly inexpensive, you can buy them at Walmart.

Cons: hard to pump the water out. Please remember to purchase a pump and bung to tighten the opening on top. You may need a UV bag/cover to protect the barrels from the sun.

2. 24-Bottle Cases

Pros: fairly cheap

Cons: short shelf life. I quote Dasani ” DASANI will hold its crisp, fresh taste for up to 12 months. After that, it’s best to recycle the old one and start with a fresh, new bottle.” End of quote.

You could still use this water for laundry, or personal hygiene well after the expiration dates. My issue would be if the plastic containers become brittle from the heat and start to crack, then leak.

3. 30-Year Drinking Water

Pros: the water containers shown above in the white cans with blue lettering last 30 years.

Cons: the water tastes like a can, expensive.

4. Envelopes of Water

Pros: they fit in a backpack or the car, 5-year shelf-life

Cons: not enough water for me, very small.

5. WaterBricks for Emergency Water Storage

Emergency Water Storage

Pros: they are available in two sizes, 1.6-gallons and 3.5-gallons, they are stackable.

Cons: I hate to say they are expensive because nowadays everything is expensive. I have 16 of the 3.5-gallon WaterBricks stored beneath my guest queen size bed. This equals 56 gallons under that bed. Here is the link to see the post I wrote: WaterBricks Under The Bed

They are stackable and you can even store them behind a couch in the living room. There is always a way to store water in a small home, apartment or mobile home. My motto has always been, buy right the first time.

6. Bathtub Bags

Pros: cheap and they hold up to about 100 gallons.

Cons: you better hope the water lines are still safe to drink when you fill those water bags. I am not a fan of them for this reason. But water is water, you decide. I worry our water may be contaminated so I have opted not to recommend these.

7. Blue Can Water for Emergency Water Storage

I quote: “Two-Day Supply Cases, each case of Blue Can Water contains 24 cans, which is 288 oz or 2.25 gallons per case. The box is made from double-thick cardboard, making it perfect for storage. The water and packaging comply with standards for purified drinking water with a 50-year shelf life. All cans are also made of corrosion-resistant aluminum and are hermetically sealed.

• Standard Case Pack: 24 12 oz (354.88 ml) Units
• Gallons/Case: 2.25 Gallons (8.51 Liters)
• Case Dimensions: 16″L x 10.6″W x 5.5″H
• Case Weight: 20.4 lbs. (8.98 kg)
• Storage Temperature: 33 to 150 degrees F (1 to 60 degrees C) ” End of quote.

Pros: they are expensive but so is a diet drink from a convenience store. Save your money and invest in good water that lasts 50 years with the safest water containers ever. They can be stored up to 150 degrees!!! Great for our car emergency bags.

Please remember to have a way to purify water in case you have to hike to get some from a lake or stream near your location or home. Big Berkey’s are great with the black ceramic filters, Sports Berkey Bottles, and LifeStraws are awesome! Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

Copyright pictures:

Water Jugs: AdobeStock_193941143 by Lightfield Studios

The post Emergency Water Storage How to Store It appeared first on Food Storage Moms.

Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car?

Click here to view the original post.

This post is by Bernie Carr, We all know you should have some water stored in your car for emergencies or in case you get stranded.  A lot of readers wonder, “Should you store plastic bottled water in your car?” Issues regarding storing water bottles BPA Water itself does not expire, according to the FDA.  However, common plastic water bottles contain BPA.  BPA stands for bisphenol A, a chemical used in producing plastic and resins. It can leach into water especially […]

The post Should You Store Plastic Bottled Water in Your Car? appeared first on Apartment Prepper.

How To Store Water For Drinking And Cooking

Click here to view the original post.

You may remember me talking about how to store water for drinking and cooking. This is a friendly reminder to stock up on water for drinking. A reader asked me about these packets Emergency Water Packets, These little packets are great for backpacks but they are too expensive to store water for every day drinking purposes. I get thirsty just thinking how small the packets are. But I drink a lot of water throughout the day. They would be okay for the car, but I can’t recommend them unless you put a box of them in the car for emergency use.

If you have very many people in the car they would only “wet your whistle” so to speak. Let’s get real here my friends, we are so close to a grid down as in zero power, please store water for drinking and cooking at the very least.

store water for drinking

As you know, we need water for washing dishes and personal hygiene too. Of course, if we have a real disaster, and I’m expecting one or I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing, I teach the world for FREE to be prepared for the unexpected.

Store Water For Drinking & Cooking

A friend, Lori,  shared the following picture. She teaches small groups how to be prepared so they learn skills she knows. I applaud her work. She purchased a hand pump for $9.99. Here’s this great Bottle Buddy Holder or this one Bottle Buddy 3 Tier System (3 Pack) 9-Bottle, Black

store water for drinking

You may know by now that The American Red Cross recommends one gallon of water per person per day. That’s not going to cut it, period. You need four-gallons of water per person per day. Mark and I need 8-gallons of water per day and 56 gallons per week. Hence 8 gallons a day times 7 days equals 56 gallons per week. That’s a lot of water if you’re trying to store water for a long-term outage. Now, I can stretch the water, but I would rather have more water than not enough.

I’m going to share how I store my water. Keep in mind some of the water you think you may be able to harvest after a disaster may be diverted in a totally different direction and the water source may even dry up. Some people, like Lori in Michigan above, have several lakes surrounding her neighborhood, but the water is all tainted with algae and is not able to be used for bathing, cooking, or brushing your teeth, to name a few things. Please be ready for plan B, C & D.

I’m telling you today, actually I’m begging you, to get water purifiers and store lots of water. Please do the calculations for the water your family needs. I hear people mention to me, “I’m going to Linda’s,” please don’t count on it. We must be self-reliant. I have water stored for Mark and me, period. I do not have a warehouse.

I cringe when I hear, “I need to go help my grown children if we have a disaster,” really? Are you freaking kidding me? For the love of your children, I hope you taught your adult children to be self-reliant. When the SHTF there will be zero food stamps, zero banks open, zero ATM’s that work and the grocery shelves will be empty. Please promise me you will NOT be standing in line waiting for a case of water.

I’m going to share some pictures of how I store water. I didn’t buy all of this water this one week, I have been buying a little at a time. But time is near to be prepared more than ever before. Russia tried to hack our grid system. Please read the book “Lights Out” by Ted Koppel. I “read” the audible books, this is the best book besides mine, “Prepare Your Family For Survival,” it’s a no-nonsense book to help you to be prepared. Have your family read it, it’s critical to be prepared today, not next week.

Store Water For Drinking

Here are my recommendations for purifying the water you store for drinking and cooking.

Big Berkey

I prefer the black ceramic filters because they filter and purify more. I quote:

  • Includes: Stainless Steel Spigot for Berkey System
  • Purifies up to 3.5 gallons per hour
  • Filter Life: Up to 3,000 gallons per filter element
  • Holding Capacity: 2.25 Gallons
  • High Grade 304 Stainless Steel

Berkey Sports Bottles

I gave every one of my family members one of these for gifts. They are awesome! I quote:

  • Filters can be replaced
  • Can be refilled up to 640 times using a municipal water source
  • Reduces harmful microscopic pathogens: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-coli 99.99999% and other pathogenic bacteria
  • Removes unpleasant taste and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment and chlorine


I have given these to my grandkids who hike. I quote:

  • This official LifeStraw personal water filter will provide 792 gallons (1,000 liters) of safe drinking water without using chemicals, iodine
  • Removes 99.9999% of bacteria including Escherichia coli (e-Coli), Campylobacter, Vibrio cholera, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, shigella, salmonella
  • Removes 99.9% of protozoa including giardia lamblia (beaver fever), Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica
  • No shelf life can be stored indefinitely even after use
  • Perfect for your family and friends to use during camping, hiking, and backpacking, or for your emergency kits at your home, car, and office

Use Water Preserver in the water you store, it’s approved by the EPA. I quote:

  • Use with tap water to store emergency drinking water for 5 years. To be used with 55-gallon water storage barrel.
  • Water Preserver is the first and only product recognized and proven effective for 5-year water storage, registered and licensed by federal and state EPA.
  • Water Preserver was scientifically tested for 10 years to ensure its potency for 5-year storage.
  • Guaranteed 100% effective.
  • Water Preserver is a proprietary formula of stabilized, ph-balanced sodium hypochlorite with highly effective residual action that kills bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungus. Accept no substitutes.

Store Water For Drinking

Please remember to store water containers on 2 by4’s to keep the containers from leaching the chemicals from the cement. Make sure all water containers are BPA free safe for water storage.

**55-gallon barrels, be sure and get a pump (these use one full bottle of Water Preserver)

**WaterBricks, these are stackable and I use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver per 3.5-gallon container.

**You can also purchase high capacity water tanks that hold 160, 250 and 350 gallons at many emergency preparedness stores. Some of the smaller 160-gallon one’s stack.

**I purchased 12 cases (24 cans each) of BlueCans that can withstand temperatures up to 150 degrees. No added preserver is needed. Yes, they are expensive, but I want several types of water.

**You can buy 5-gallon water containers and some are stackable. The possibilities are there and you only have to buy a few at a time. I quote: (two or three high at the most)

  1. Portable (approximately 11.25″ x 10″ x 14.25″ tall)
  2. Stackable
  3. BPA free Food-grade Plastic; Plastic resin USA sourced
  4. Includes one spigot and one cap wrench
  5. Made in the USA, Shipping Included in the Price.

**Please read the fine print, some 7-gallon containers stack only if empty??? WHAT? Don’t buy those. I quote:

  • Rigid, 7-gallon rectangular water container with molded contour grip
  • Space-saving design for easy storing and stacking when empty
  • New and improved screw-on vent; hideaway spigot for on-demand water dispensing
  • Suitable for outdoor activities and emergency water storage
  • Five-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects

Here are some additional posts that will show you how I store several emergency items in my small home: Linda’s Home

Please teach others in your neighborhood how to store water for drinking and cooking, and don’t forget personal hygiene. May God bless you and your family to be prepared for the unexpected.

Copyright pictures:

Water containers: AdobeStock_79040312 by Skhunda

The post How To Store Water For Drinking And Cooking appeared first on Food Storage Moms.

How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels

Click here to view the original post.

When I first started prepping, I knew I needed to store plenty of water, but I didn’t realize how much. Every time I went shopping, I would pick up a case of 32 half-liter water bottles. I did this for a couple months, at which point I was satisfied that I had more than enough […]

The post How to Store Backup Water in Your Garage in 55 Gallon Barrels appeared first on Urban Survival Site.

What Happens if Your City Runs Out of Water?

Click here to view the original post.

This post is by Bernie Carr, I was checking out various news sites and learned about the latest crisis in Capetown in South Africa.  The city is rapidly running out of the water, because of a prolonged drought brought about by El Nino conditions.  Their water crisis has gotten so bad that officials are expecting to see supplies run about by April 12th if usage continues at the current rate.  April 12 is being named as Day Zero, an […]

The post What Happens if Your City Runs Out of Water? appeared first on Apartment Prepper.

Video: Waters Filters and Storage

Click here to view the original post.


You're mostly made of this

You’re mostly made of this

Humans are made mostly of water, and many survival settings have either a lack of it or questionable quality. Therefore, it’s important that the water you find is safe to drink, but even the clearest  mountain stream may harbor organisms like Giardia and Entamoeba that can cause serious illness. In natural disasters like floods, there’s water everywhere, but almost always highly contaminated.

In this video, Nurse Amy steps in front of the camera to give a review of some water filter and storage options.

To watch, click below:

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Amy and Joe Alton

The Altons

The Altons

Find out more about hydration, dehydration, and disinfection, as well as 150 other medical topics, with the award-winning Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide For When Medical Help Is On The Way!

Water Storage-How Much Do You Really Need

Click here to view the original post.

Today, it’s all about water storage, how much do you really need? The American Red Cross states one gallon per person per day. I get thirsty just typing that statement. I have to disagree with them. I strongly suggest you have four gallons of water storage per person per day. Here’s the deal, I can almost bet you we will need to share our water storage with a few neighbors, friends, or family that didn’t store quite enough for their family. I recently received a comment from someone from Puerto Rico by the name of Maritza. I have to tell you her comment melted my heart. I just have to share it, “Hi I am from Puerto Rico and thanks to your advice I started both a food and water storage that allowed us as a family of 6 to endure Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!!!”

I have never met her, but I admire her tenacity to be prepared for the unexpected. I was answering her comment and the Ellen DeGeneres show was on the TV featuring Ricky Martin who is also from Puerto Rico, showing the world how much the people that live there are in need of so many items! What are the odds, I would have that show on at the very minute I was answering Maritza’s comment? If I ever have the chance to go there, I want to hug this amazing woman, Maritza!

Sometimes I get on the bandwagon, so to speak, about water storage. I feel strongly that I need to share my ideas of how to store water and lots of it. The other day I was looking on the Internet at the single 3.5-gallon blue WaterBricks and it said they are currently unavailable. I’m assuming maybe people are now aware how quickly water can’t be purchased in grocery stores once they hear about a pending storm or soon after it has passed by. They have the tan WaterBricks available today anyway, but they also have the 8-pack blue WaterBricks ones now.

WaterBricks for Water Storage

I have several of these stored, even some under my guest bedroom. This gives you an idea of how to store some,  and they also stack like as well. Guest Bedroom Post by Linda
Each WaterBrick holds 3.5 gallons (the larger ones) and they weigh about 27 pounds each when filled with water. If you think about these they hold 3.5 gallons which are almost enough water storage for one person. If you have four people in your family, you need four of these for four days. If you want seven days worth of water storage for four people you need 28 WaterBricks.

Please remember to fill your containers with a lead-free hose if you fill them outside with your house faucet. Lead-Free Hose and use Water Preserver so you only have to rotate the water every five years. If you use bleach you need to rotate every six months. One 3.5 gallon WaterBricks needs 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver for each container.

Barrels for Water Storage

I just saw some 55-gallon water barrels at a store in Hurricane, Utah for just under $40.00. That’s cheaper than I have seen in years. These need a bung to close the cap and a pump to pump the water out when water is needed. BUNG and WATER PUMP

You can get some of these barrels at Walmart sometimes, Emergency Preparedness and Amazon. They are expensive online. Typically the bungs and pumps are right next to the barrels. You would use one full container of Water Preserver in these units.

Water Storage in Bottles

We can buy cases of water that come 24 bottles to a case at the grocery store. These are fine as long as you rotate them. Please keep them stored out of direct sunlight. You would need to calculate how many ounces are in the brand you buy and decide how many cases your family needs for each day. Any clean water stored is better than no water at all. Please remember to buy a little at a time and keep adding it to it. Before long you will have 30 days or more worth of water.

Water Storage-Blue Cans

These are by far one of my favorite ways to store water. They last 50 years and they taste better than any water anywhere. If you live near a distributor you don’t have to pay the shipping. Almost everytime I talk about these I get a few remarks how expensive they are. Yes, they are expensive, but they are worth every penny to me. I store 12 cases behind a dresser in my bedroom. I can set and forget them and sleep at night knowing I have water for Mark and me.

water storage

I recently took a 24-pack case to a subdivision that asked me to talk about food storage and water storage. The people were in awe over the BlueCans of water. I don’t sell them, although I would like to buy a pallet and have it sent here and have a few families split the cost. I couldn’t get anyone in my neighborhood to go in on a pallet, but this other subdivision is trying to figure out how many to order. If you live near any of these distributors, you may want to set and forget a few cases, you won’t be sorry, I promise. Blue Can Water

Please start with my book if you haven’t purchased it yet: “Prepare Your Family For Survival” by Linda Loosli.

If you really want to get serious about water storage there are storage tanks you can buy that hold large quantities of water. The challenge is finding a place to store the tanks, having a way to treat the water (see Water Preserver above). We have a 160-gallon tank in one corner of the garage and a 250-gallon unit in another corner. I really feel prepared with these large tanks full ready to dispense water when needed, and with the Water Preserver, I only have to empty and refill the tanks every five years. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. Please get your water storage to the level you feel necessary so you will not have to stand in line and wait for the government or another group to hand out cases of water. We are so used to being able to just turn the water faucet on and off. Please think again. May God bless this world.

The post Water Storage-How Much Do You Really Need appeared first on Food Storage Moms.

Pure Water, No Matter What: A Review of Berkey Water Filters

Click here to view the original post.

There is no replacement for clean, great-tasting water, is there?

When my family camped across Iceland last year, drinking the local water was no problem. Icelanders know good water, since the country’s water is some of the freshest and purest in the world. It was a delight to enjoy that water and not worry about pollutants.

Pure Water No Matter What A Review of Berkey Water Filters via The Survival Mom

Lately, clean water has been even more of a priority for us after Hurricane Harvey devastated our hometown. The streets were flooded with water that came from goodness-knows where. A park near us has forbidden entry to anyone after being completely underwater, as toxic levels of arsenic, mercury, and other toxins were reported in the now-soggy soil.

We’ve been using as drinking water the purified water from our refrigerator dispenser, but after hearing this, I realized we needed to begin using a filter with advanced capabilities. So, we immediately got our Royal Berkey Water Filter set up on our counter, complete with its fluoride and arsenic filters, and have been grateful every day that we know for sure our water is safe to drink.

What makes a great water filter?

An ideal water filter should be able to remove the following things from water with no problem:

  • Dirt and sand particles
  • Pathogenic bacteria
  • Toxic heavy metals such as lead and mercury
  • Parasites
  • Harmful or unwanted chemicals

Our Berkey does all these things! Regardless of what kind of filtering system you choose to purchase, it should really be able to remove the above contaminants from the water that goes through it. For us, the Berkey was the best choice for our family’s needs, health, and safety concerns. After the many power outages experienced during Hurricane Harvey, we were also glad that our Berkey was not reliant on an electronic- or gas-powered source for filtration. It’s a gravity fed filter, which means that while dirty, polluted water may go into the top part of the system, pure and clean water will come out of the bottom.

If you or a loved one has been affected by the hurricanes that have been hitting our country, or if you are concerned about the fluoride levels in your water, take a close look at Berkey Water Filters. Water from the Berkey has no strange aftertastes (and is great for making coffee), and the filters remove almost all germs and dust particles. Our most recent addition to our filter, the Black Berkey Fluoride and Arsenic Filters, do not make a big impact in the taste of our water, but we love knowing that they are in our Berkey, plugging away at further purifying our drinking water.

Who needs a Berkey?

It doesn’t take floodwaters to taint our drinking water. There are instances of boil notices every week across the country and many natural disasters can affect a city’s water supply.

In addition, many of us have discovered that flouride isn’t exactly the healthiest addition to our drinking water, and since Berkey’s white filters remove not only flouride but arsenic as well, there’s even more protection. This could be even more important for people on well water, which often contains naturally occurring arsenic.

Even if you trust your city’s water supply, if it doesn’t smell or taste fresh and pure, a Berkey filter will take care of that, too.

Is it the best of the best?

We have a veritable hoard of water filters. After more than 8 years of blogging, we’ve tested more water filters than I care to admit in our search for an economical, reliable water filter that actually works and provides water for more than one person.

That is why I can confidently say, as a mom, a hurricane survivor, and a hardcore survivalist: the Berkey Water Filter has been our favorite water filter purchase. Our model is the Royal Berkey, which provides enough water for roughly 4-6 people a day. Since we only use it for drinking water, and it’s primarily my kids and I who drink it, this means we refill it every other day or two. It’s lightweight and easy to put together, as well! My daughter assembled ours all on her own. And did I mention….it makes great coffee.

A couple of Berkey accessories to consider

The Berkey water filters will sit flush on your tabletop or kitchen counter, and this makes it awkward for filling drinking glasses, saucepans, and the like. To make dispensing water easier, I purchased a stainless steel stand, which lifts the filter up by about 6″. We also bought the white filters for arsenic and flouride, although the Black Berkey Filters are plenty for making sure your water is safe to drink.

A Berkey Water Filter is definitely one of those investment preps but in a world of preparedness where so much can be accomplished for free and/or very low cost, this is one item worth saving up for.

Pure Water No Matter What A Review of Berkey Water Filters via The Survival Mom

Living Off Grid. Rainwater Collection & Storage.

Click here to view the original post.
We have 4 rainwater tanks for the main house (Linstock), the main house garden & the main house outside laundry. The same 5000 gallon tank that feeds the outside laundry also feeds Elm Cottage via a 12 volt pump under the cottage. Both houses are solar powered.
 The lower cement 5000 gallon water tank is fed from the roof of the main house via down pipes from both the front & the rear of the house. The water from this lower tank is then pumped up to the higher tank which gravity feeds the main house.

 This pump is also a fire pump, it draws water from the stop cock on the side of the lower tank & pumps it up to the higher tank via a pipe that runs underground.

 This image shows the two “first flush” pipes on the lower tank. Any dirt on the roof or in the gutters is washed into these two pipes. When full, a ball float in the pipe rises to the top closing off these tow pipes & allows the rest of the water to flow into the tank. Over time, the water in these pipes is supposed to slowly run out via the hoses at the bottom, but invariably the small hole blocks with dirt, so every now & then I remove the bottom of the pipes, drain & wash out the filters.

The garden tank was placed on higher ground to the level of the garden so it would gravity feed better, but this meant that it was too far away from the house to use an overhead down pipe to fill it from the roof at the end of the house. So I run the down pipe underground then back up into the top of the tank.

This is the new 5000 gallon poly tank that feeds the outside laundry, & Elm Cottage. This tank is fed from the roof of Elm Cottage, but the ground close to the cottage was too soft to provide a firm base for the tank, so we placed it on higher ground. Again this meant that the tank was too far away to use overhead down pipes, so again the pipe to the tank from the cottage roof was placed underground then back up & into the top of the tank. The other pipe you can see is an overflow pipe which I have run into a water butt.
Cattail Pond is actually a dam we had put in to collect & store more water from the header stream in Butterfly Valley. It also enables us to keep fish for food. Cattail Pond feeds the gardens at both houses via another fire pump at the side of the dam.

How To Be Prepared With Water Before A Disaster Hits

Click here to view the original post.

Do you know how to be prepared with water before a disaster hits your city? If you have been following my latest posts, I am sharing some pictures taken by a professional photographer friend of mine. I teach classes at various churches, subdivisions and businesses on food storage and emergency preparedness. I decided I could no longer haul all of my emergency items to these classes showing what is needed if a disaster hits my neighborhood. It took two full days to set up the photo shoot and we will be doing videos together sooner than later. I am a visual person, so I hope these help you see what storing a few containers of water can do for you and your family in case of emergency.

Please feel free to share the pictures with your friends and neighbors, we must all be prepared when a disaster hits. I had a “print” button installed because several readers print and file my articles. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing that. You realize the importance of being prepared. Knowledge will save your life, literally, I promise.

Sometimes we take for granted that we can walk into the kitchen and just turn on the faucet and water comes flying out. We have to be prepared for the day when those faucets don’t work. Maybe the water lines are down because power is lost, or the water is contaminated from an unknown source.

disaster hits

You may wonder why I talk about water storage so often, well it’s because we sometimes need a little nudge to get more water stored. I went to get my hair cut today and I asked the girl cutting my hair if she had any water stored at her home. I didn’t want to be too personal, but she’s been cutting my hair for years and I’m old enough to be her grandmother. I was concerned that she be prepared for water and food storage, etc. She said, “No, not yet.” I get it, she is newly married and living paycheck to paycheck.

I suggested she start with just a case or two of water from our local grocery store. I suggested she get a few cans of beans and a bag of rice. It’s a good start and she can sleep at night knowing she at least has a day or two of water and a little food in her home.

The shop had a television showing the Hurricane Harvey catastrophic events unfolding before our eyes. May God bless all the workers, first responders, families, etc.  that are being affected by this terrible storm.They reported it’s a 500-year storm, unbelievable. The worst storm in American history. My heart aches for all involved.

Of course, I then pointed out to the girl cutting my hair that where we live is far away from the ocean for any threat of a hurricane or tornado, but we have had a 100-year flood in 2005. I left it at that.

Please remember to always use a lead-free hose to fill your water containers if you fill them outside with a hose bib.

When A Disaster Hits Water Is Key To Survival:

  1. I suggest 4-gallons of water per person per day. I realize some may think that’s too much. It isn’t, we need water to drink, cook, wash clothes, or at least wash our underwear. I also think we may all have neighbors that have zero water in their homes. I used to think, well I have my water heater filled with 50 gallons of water. I don’t even count that water anymore. If it becomes contaminated from terrorists or some crazy group compromises the integrity of our water lines, we will be in big trouble. We have seen it in Flint, Michigan for example what happened to their water based on bad decisions by the local government agencies. It was lead poisoning.
  2. You can figure out the number of cases of water to buy for the needs of the people in your home for a week, 2 weeks or a month. Some cases come with 12-ounce bottles, 16-ounce or 20-ounce bottles. Those work great for water storage if a disaster hits. They aren’t the most cost effective, but they work in a pinch.
  3. I love WaterBricks, the 3.5-gallon ones weigh about 26-27 pounds depending on how full they are filled. I use 1/2 teaspoon of Water Preserver in mine because then I only have to rotate them every five years. Some people just fill washed milk jugs. They may leak after a bit, but at least you will have water.  If you are lucky, they may never leak.
  4. You can buy the 55-gallon blue barrels with a pump and fill them full enough, but leave room for expansion if you get a freeze in your city.
  5. I have talked to you about the Berkey Sports Bottles, these are great for camping or traveling. In some countries or cities, you may need to be careful drinking the water. These can be refilled up to 640 times with municipal water. I gave these as gifts to my family a few years ago.
  6. If you can afford the large high capacity tanks they are awesome. I finally saved the money to get one this last December. I bought one that holds 250 gallons for about $350.00. Yes, very expensive, but I can sleep at night knowing Mark and I have water. Lots of water.

Please tell me how you are storing water. I would love to hear your ideas. My sister in Texas has a well, but if she loses power as of right now, she couldn’t get any of that water. She has bottles of water filled throughout her home because she is close to Hurricane Harvey right now. Let’s be prepared before a disaster hits, please store water. Thanks again for being prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world.

Survival food storage by Linda

Prepare Your Family For Survival by Linda 

The post How To Be Prepared With Water Before A Disaster Hits appeared first on Food Storage Moms.

Water Storage Tips and Techniques

Click here to view the original post.

I typically store my water off of the ground, whether it be in the basement or garage.  The main reason I do so (no matter the type of actual storage device) is primarly to avert the leaching process: concrete to plastic to water.  If you search the internet there is no shortage of folks who believe in mitigating the leaching process and others who say it’s not true, in any event it doesn’t take much to elevate storage containers off of the ground like so.

Method 1: Wood.

I like to cut 2×4’s for my large 55 gallon drum containers, usually 4 per container.  The wood is obviously very sturdy and helps to distribute the weight of the drum which can come in around 380 lbs (each).

Method 2:  Foam Boards.

Local big box improvement stores have foam project boards which can be purchased for cheap, I use these primarily for water bottles, jugs and water bricks.  Truth be told there could be chemicals leaching from the foam boards into the chemicals from the plastic into the water, I try to mitigate all of this by simply cycling through my water storage supply.

I recently had an experience which made me very thankful that my items were up off of the ground.  We had a clog in our septic system which resulted in a backup and rather disgusting overflow in our garage.  While it flowed out of the garage and into the rocks outside it passed right under my water storage.  All of the items which held the water bottles / jugs etc became rather soaked with the nasty liquid but the bottles remained unscathed.  I was able to toss out all of the nasty stuff, clean the floor up with bleach and put the storage items back in place.

If I had to wager a guess I probably have around 600 gallons of water stored on site, while I do have a well if the power goes out and the generator runs out of fuel we’re screwed.  I cycle through my water and also protect it by keeping it up off of the ground using two methods.  Think about this when you address your own storage needs.

For more tips on food and water storage for emergencies check out the FEMA website here.


9 Best Water Storage Solutions and Mistakes To Avoid

Click here to view the original post.

9 Best Water Storage Solutions and Mistakes To Avoid Management of water is a manifold process. Its not going to be enough to simply fill your shed with gallon waters and drink them as it all falls down. I am a firm believer in having access to quality water that is already filtered and in …

Continue reading »

The post 9 Best Water Storage Solutions and Mistakes To Avoid appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central.

How To DIY An Emergency Water Bag

Click here to view the original post.

When it comes to survival, water is of utmost importance. The problem with water is that it’s pretty hard (as in heavy and voluminous) to carry it on your person, especially when you’re on the move.

That makes the problem even more difficult: if you don’t have water with you when you’re hiking, walking, riding your bike, or whatever, chances are you’ll get dehydrated, and then you’ll be in a world of hurt. Dehydration is a very serious problem, especially in extreme climates (very hot and very cold), as it sets in quickly and makes your life miserable.

That’s why hydration packs were invented in the first place –keeping your body hydrated at all times is absolutely crucial for staying healthy, especially for elderly folk.

As you get older, your body literally dries out, causing your ligaments and tendons to lose their resistance and flexibility. Staying hydrated if you’re a senior citizen is critical to maintaining optimal health.

Regardless of one’s age, poor hydration leads to dry/itchy skin, which is a pest for women, not to mention constipation, nose bleeds, fatigue, headaches, sinus pressure, sneezing/coughs, urinary tract infections (the body can’t wash out the germs accumulating in the bladder if you don’t drink enough water).

All of these conditions result of toxins accumulating in your body. Also, poor hydration is the main enemy of your immune system and it leads to all sorts of imbalances: pH, nutritional, and chemical.

Chronic dehydration is the main cause of daytime fatigue, which seems to be endemic in our modern society, especially among teenagers who rarely drink water nowadays. They have Gatorade, right?

Overall, we lose 3 quarts of water per day and half of that is through breathing alone. If you have a dynamic/active lifestyle, i.e. you walk a lot or you’re into physical labor. If you jog or you’re a workout aficionado or whatever, you’re playing in a different league.

The simplest way to determine if you’re properly hydrated is to check out the color of your urine. If it’s light yellow, you’re okay; if not, chances are you’re not drinking enough water.

Keep in mind that eating certain foods like carrots, beets, fava beans, or asparagus may turn your urine orange, green, red, or brown and the same goes for certain types of medication.

This preamble brings us to the camelbak idea, an interesting piece of gear that is currently used in various scenarios by both civilians and military forces, basically in every type of strenuous outdoors activity.

Now, the question is: do you want to spend (at least) 40-50 bucks on a water bag or would you rather DIY? I bet you fall in the latter category; that’s why you’re reading this article.

The good news is that you can DIY your own water bag with minimal costs and you’ll end up with a very convenient way to carry half a gallon of water on your person – a nice trick which comes handy during camping trips and what not.

This proven-to-work portable device provides clean fresh water 24/7! 

How to DIY a Water Bag

A CamelBak water bag is basically a fancy looking plastic bladder/reservoir with a straw. That about sums it up.

The hydration capacity ranges from 1.5 to 3 liters (50-100 oz) and it comes with all sorts of bells and whistles you’d expect from a professional piece of gear.

But simply put, what we’re dealing with here is a bladder filled with water with a straw which can cost up to 150 bucks. Paying that kind of money for a plastic bladder is a little bit rich for my taste.

So, the main thing to do to make a DIY water bag is to get yourself a dirt-cheap/free-of-charge bladder, and that’s not very hard if you know where to look for it.

To begin with, there’s a school of thought that says something along these lines: DIY-ing your water bag (the bladder respectively) is not very smart, as most plastics and glues are not food-safe and, after all, you’ll be filling them with water and all that jazz (think BPA).

However, you can still buy a food-grade bladder from a local camping store, but the price may be a deal breaker now and then. The best things in life are free, right?

Project 1

That brings us to the first DIY water bag project. This guy recycles the innards of a Dunkin Donuts Box of Joe. The bladder inside these bad boys is not made of plastic, hence it doesn’t leave that unpleasant taste of plastic, water-hose like, in your water supply. And that’ s because the bladder inside that box is made from Mylar.

In order to prevent the bladder from getting punctured and what not, you may use a dry-bag for protection.

Video first seen on Don Yackel

Project 2

Here is another guy with a pretty cool idea about how to protect the Mylar/plastic bladder from getting punctured.

Spoiler alert: he uses 12 feet of duct tape for creating some sort of armor/outer shell for his water bag.

Video first seen on Snowalker13

Project 3

The second idea is to use  the bladder that can be found in certain types of boxed wine. The bladder can be removed and re-used as a water container.

The bag inside the boxed wine is just as good as the more expensive platypus, not to mention that you’ll end up with 2 liters of wine in the process (if you don’t pick up the box wine from the garbage, like our guy).

Video first seen on 123Homefree

Another interesting idea about how to make a sleeve for your water bag (regardless of what type of bladder you end up with) is to use a large envelope. Just think about those 3M bubble mailers cushioned with plastic.

Now that you know how to make your own water bag, discover how to DIY your own portable device for an endless water supply.

Click the banner below for more!

This article has been written by Chris Black for Survivopedia. 


How To Can Water At Home

Click here to view the original post.

We’ve had some questions about canning water and to be honest, I’ve never really given it much thought because I just have bottled water stored, along with purification tablets.

I’m the first to admit that I thought the idea was a little over the top because of the expense and unwieldiness of canning jars, but after researching how to can water at home, I’ve changed my tune a bit, just like I did when I first heard about canning butter.

Don’t Waste Space

After I had a jar of spaghetti sauce fall over in the canner and break because I didn’t have a full canner, I started filling my canner with jars full of water. I’ve always just left the lid off and used it as a place holder, but then I saw the suggestion to boil the water first, then put it in a sterilized jar with a ring and seal and let it process along with whatever I was canning.

Still, I didn’t give this much thought because I didn’t want to waste a good seal on water. But – read on! Somebody suggested re-using an old seal. Obviously, I won’t do this with canned food because I have absolutely no desire to waste the food or risk botulism if the jar doesn’t seal, but if you’re only canning water, does it really matter?

I mean, you can look at it from one of two ways – if you really want it to seal, you can just dump the jar or use it to water plants, or even pop it in the fridge and have a nice cold jar of water to drink later. Nothing at all lost.

How many of us have stored tap water in soda bottles or rainwater in barrels? Storing unsealed water really isn’t any different than that, though I may suggest that you purify it before you drink it just like you would any of your other water if it’s not sealed.

I also found a suggestion that supposedly came from a Mormon lady – when you empty a jar of food, wash and sterilize the jar and seal and re-can water in it. Otherwise, you’re just going to throw away the seal and have an empty jar sitting around. When you look at it that way, it does make sense. The jar’s going to take up the same amount of space whether it’s empty or full.

This proven-to-work portable device provides clean fresh water 24/7! 

Canning  Water by the Book

If you want to ensure that your water is just as safe to drink as your canned foods are to eat, then follow the same procedures. Boil the water for at least 3 minutes – 5 if you live at elevations above 3000 feet – and sterilize your jars and seals. Pour the water into the jars and process in a pressure canner (it’s low-acid like meat and some vegetables) for 20 minutes, leaving at least 1/2 inch headspace.

Now, that being said for safety reasons, I don’t think pressure canning is actually necessary as long as your jars were sterile and your water was boiled because you’re not canning food that can spoil.

This can still be done while you’re canning other foods if you don’t want to just can a batch of water. Or, if you’ve decided that it truly is a waste for all of those jars to be sitting empty, then do a couple of batches.

Everybody in my family loves dill pickles, so I usually buy the gallon jars of them, then turn around and use the jars for pickled eggs later. Either way, I still have extra gallon jars sitting around taking up space because it kills me to throw them away. So, I decided to be bad and re-use the commercial lid that it came with to store water that I’d boiled.

Now that jar is actually being useful instead of sitting on the shelf taking up valuable real estate. I’m seriously liking this idea; it appeals to me on several levels – I’m not wasting jars or lids and filling landfills by throwing them away, my unused jars aren’t wasting valuable space, I have even more water on hand, and it’s free. Color me converted.

Video first seen on 2leelou Preserves

Is Canned Water Sterile?

As long as you boil your water as indicated and sterilize your jars ahead of time, and then follow the processing time that we use to kill germs in everything that we can, then yes, the water will be sterile. Oh, and as long as it seals. Basically, it’s just like any other canned food.

Honestly, I think that processing it may even be a bit overkill as long as the water is boiled and the jars are sterilized, but better safe than sorry. If you’re going to do it, do it right, I guess. Still, I have water stored in well-washed Coke bottles and juice jugs (BPA-free, of course), so I’m not necessarily buying into the whole need for utter sterilization.

One instance that I can think of that would be an excellent reason to store sterilized water? For medical uses such as cleaning wounds. At that point, since infection is going to be such a huge deal if professional medical help and supplies aren’t available, sterile water would be an excellent commodity to have.

How to Revive the Flavor

After water sits in a container for a while it starts to taste flat. This is because it loses its oxygenation. There’s a simple fix – just shake it up or pour it back and forth between two jars. It still may taste a little flat, but it’s perfectly safe to drink.

As with any stored item, I highly suggest recycling it – in this case, every few months. Don’t pour it down the drain, though. Either drink it, make tea with it, or water the plants – do anything with it. It’s still good, and it would be a waste to just pour it out. Yeah, I realize it’s “only” water, but with the way things are going, it’s becoming a finite resource, so get it’s best to get in the habit of not wasting it now rather than later.

As I said, the idea of canning water sounded silly to me when I was first asked about it, but now I can see the value in it, from several different perspectives.

Next time you have extra space in the canner or empty a pickle jar that you intend to save, store some water instead of just wasting space!

Now that you know how to can water, learn how to DIY your own portable device for an endless water supply.

Click the banner below for more!


This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

How to Effectively Pull Off Long Term Water Storage

Click here to view the original post.
Are you prepared to effectively pull off long term water storage? Because the greatest and most immediate need in the event of an emergency will be water | PreparednessMama

One of the greatest and most immediate needs in the event of an emergency will be water.  Imagine the storm of the century, tornado, tsunami or a whole host of other factors hitting your area.  Are you prepared? Imagine a fire hits your location and you, along with the next several towns, are evacuated.  Have […]

The post How to Effectively Pull Off Long Term Water Storage appeared first on PreparednessMama.

How To Store Tap Water For Survival

Click here to view the original post.

How To Store Tap Water For Survival

You turn on the faucet and there it is: as much water as you could possibly want. But then, as a prepper, you think, “What about the day when I turn it on and nothing comes out?”

Many people buy bottled water for their stockpile, and that’s fine, but you can also store tap water for survival and it won’t cost you a dime beyond your monthly water bill, if you have one.

There are some precautions that you need to take, but otherwise, turn on the tap, fill your containers, and store away!

Use Clean Containers

Even a few bacteria will quickly travel and multiply in room temperature water. That’s why they say to turn the sink in a public bathroom on and off with a towel. Even if you’re the only one who drank out of the bottle, the contents of the bottle can spoil and contaminate the tap water stored in it and make it undrinkable.

To avoid this, run the containers through the dishwasher using the hot water cycle, or clean them with hot soapy water just like you do your canning jars. It’s important to use containers that are easy to clean and don’t have little nooks and crannies that can harbor bacteria.

This proven-to-work portable device which provides clean fresh water 24/7! 

Containers to Store Tap Water

It’s important to choose the right container to store your water in. Some people use milk jugs but I wouldn’t recommend it for a number of reasons. They’re relatively flimsy, which makes them easy to puncture.

They’re also difficult to get clean because of the narrow handle. The lids nowadays often pop off. You don’t want a container that’s going to easily leak, and milk jugs are just a flood waiting to happen.

Some containers that are good for storing water include 1- and 2-liter soda bottles, juice jugs, and, if you want to store a larger quantity, 5-gallon food-grade buckets are great. They’re sturdy and stackable. You can also buy the sturdy camping water containers at your local superstore. They’re a bit expensive, but they’ll hold water for years.

Glass containers are always a good option too, though they’re heavy and breakable.

Make sure that all of your plastic containers are BPA-free so that no chemicals will leech into your water. Using opaque containers is good too, because direct sunlight will cause algae and the like to grow, just in case there are any spores at all in your water.

Video first seen on NoBudgetHomestead

Store Your Water in a Cool Location Out of the Sunlight

Sunlight promotes the growth of pathogens, so store your jugs out of direct sunlight. Sun also breaks down some plastic containers, which is why it’s important to use BPA-free containers. Also, hot water takes up more space than cool water, so you may have a problem with your containers swelling and leaking – especially if you’re a die-hard believer in milk jugs.

Remember that even if your containers are clean when you put the water in them, they’re not sealed so pathogens can still get in.

Add a Few Drops of Bleach

If you have city water, your water already has chlorine in it that kills pathogens and prohibits the growth of more. If you have well water, you may want to add a few drops of bleach to serve the same purpose. To be more exact, add 2 drops of bleach per quart of water to kill pathogens.

You may be thinking, “Why do I have to worry about this if my containers are clean when I put the water in it?” Well, there are a couple of reasons. Even if your containers are completely sterile when you fill them, they’re probably not completely air-tight, which means that pathogens can still find a way in.

A few drops of bleach will make it a very bad day for any germs that happen to choose your container!

That being said, if the container isn’t airtight, the chlorine will break down and leave it vulnerable to bacteria, which leads us to our next subject.


Water doesn’t go bad, but it can get slightly acidic after a while. That’s because a minuscule percentage of it chemically changes to carbonic acid when it’s exposed to air. This makes it a prime breeding ground for bacteria. Considering that and the fact that bleach or chlorine breaks down, you should probably rotate tap water every six months or so.

This isn’t necessary for commercial water because it’s sealed, but it’s still a good idea to use the FIFO (First In, First Out) method, if for no other reason than to keep in practice.

There used to be expiration dates on commercially bottled water, but the CDC lifted the requirement due to lack of evidence that water goes bad. Remember though, that this water is sealed so that air can’t get in it, and the water and container are both sterile when the water goes in. That’s not the case with tap water.

Empty, clean, and refill your tap water containers at least every six months. Use the water that you’re dumping as grey water to water your plants or whatever.

Make Ice

If you have the room in an extra freezer, store some of your water in there. Frozen water bottles will help keep your frozen food cold longer if you lose power. They’re also great to toss in a cooler in place of messy loose ice, and if you’re heading to the gym or hiking, or anywhere really, a bottle of ice will melt so that you have nice cold water for a few hours instead of drinking it warm.

If you use the small bottles, they’re also great for ice packs.

Store in Different Sizes

You may have noticed that I’ve mentioned different size options for your bottles. Why choose just one? You can store large quantities of water (i.e. 5 gallons) for use by the entire family for a day, then store gallons to have on hand to use for cooking or personal use throughout the day, and store individual servings such as water bottles to carry with you on your person.

Having water stored in 5-gallon buckets or 55-gallon drums is great if you’re staying in, but what about if you have to bug out? That’s a danged heavy thing to tote around. Also, that many large water containers will be tough to keep inside and tough to hide outside.

Storing tap water is a perfectly reasonable, safe, cheap way to prepare for disaster. As long as you store it properly and rotate it, there’s no reason why it isn’t every bit as safe as store-bought water. Between it and rainwater, which we show you here how to collect, you can store as much water as you need to survive for at least a while.

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

8 Tips On Reusing Containers For Water Storage

Click here to view the original post.

One of the things that we as preppers and homesteaders are most proud of is using what we have on hand. If everybody operated like we did, there would be a lot less waste on the planet, and a lot more creativity. We re-use and repurpose so many items that we’ve taken it to an art form, so why not do the same with our water storage containers?

Sure, you can buy the fancy water containers at your local Walmart or Target, but they’re expensive and you’re not much bang for your buck. Why not reuse something that you’ve already paid for and are just going to throw away anyway?

What NOT to reuse as water storage containers

There are some things that you just shouldn’t use as water containers either because they’re not suited for it, or they can kill you. Neither situation is ideal, and we’re talking about storing something that is non-negotiable in terms of survival. You absolutely cannot live without a ready supply of clean water regardless of the season.

Food Grade Only

So, first on the list are porous containers that held toxic materials such as oil bottles, antifreeze jugs, and kerosene oil bottles. This may seem obvious to you, but believe it or not, there are cases of people who have reused these types of containers, much to their detriment. Use only food-grade plastic that has only stored food. So, enough said. Use your common sense.

Milk Jugs

Next on the list are milk jugs. I know – many people use milk jugs to store water, and they’re great for short-term storage in the fridge or freezer, but not for long-term storage. They’re relatively flimsy and easy to puncture or damage, especially if they’re warm or frozen, and the lids aren’t particularly tight on many of them.

You may use them for a couple of years, then come to check your stockpile and notice that one was punctured by a nail head or something when you scooted it across the shelf the last time you moved something, or the lid popped loose. Now you have water on the floor or shelf and it may have ruined some of your stuff. At the very least, it made a mess.

Plastic with BPA

Don’t use plastics that have BPA in them. BPA, or bisphenol A, is an industrial chemical that has been used for decades to add strength and resilience to plastic and to line cans and packaged food containers to prevent leakage and rust.

Unfortunately, it leeches out into the food or drink and binds to estrogen receptors and interacts with other hormones. This can disrupt body functions such as cell repair, growth, energy levels, metabolism, fetal development, and body temperature regulation among many others. In other words, you may not want to drink it.

Because of the controversy, many companies, especially ones that produce bottles and jugs meant to hold liquid, are shying away from BPA. Just check to make sure that your container is BPA free. It will either say it, or the little recycle triangle will have a 1,2, 4, or 5 in it. These are free of BPA and other harmful chemicals, but avoid containers marked with a 1. We’ll discuss that in a minute.

Now that we have our list of containers NOT to use, let’s talk about ones that are good to use to store water for long-term water storage.

Our forefathers used different methods to store their water when they settled with their entire family in new areas.

This long forgotten water storage secret can save your life! 

Good containers to reuse for water storage

Thankfully, this list is long and most of them are already in your refrigerator or cabinets.

How to distinguish food-grade plastics

As long as the little recycling number has a 2 (HDPE – high-density polyethylene), a 4 (LDPE – low-density polyethylene) or a 5 (PP – polypropylene), you’re good. It’s not a good idea to reuse containers marked with 1 (PETE – polyethylene terephthalate) because detergents and heat will break it down and can cause antimony, a toxic chemical, to leech into your water. So, use only plastic containers that have a 2, 4, or 5 in the triangle.

A tip about reusing plastic for water storage: wash it in the dishwasher or in warm, soapy water, rinsing well, and allow to air-dry.

Juice jugs

These are great containers to reuse to store water because the plastic is usually thick and juice is pretty easy to wash out of the jug. The lids are usually secure, too. Since the plastic is usually sturdy, you don’t run the risk of tearing it by snagging it on a nail head or breaking it if you bump a corner when you’re moving it.

Some people will tell you that you can’t get all of the sugars out of the bottle and that can lead to a breeding ground of bacteria, but if you use chlorinated water or add a few drops (2 drops per quart) of bleach, you should be fine.

Juice jugs come in many different sizes, from small, single-serving bottles to gallon (or bigger) jugs. All of them are good for storing water, and it’s a good idea to have water stored in smaller containers so that you can take it with you if you have to flee. Also, if you have all of your water stored outside in drums, people will see them. You want to keep your water supply hidden.

5-gallon buckets

Ahhh… yet another use for 5-gallon buckets. Personally, I like the idea of storing water in these because they’re stackable, they’re typically made to contain liquids (think pickle juice), and they’re opaque. They meet all of my needs except portability, but won’t it be nice to have a few gallons of water if you need to make a huge pot of soup to feed everybody?

As with all plastics, make sure that they’re food-grade because not all of them are. Though you can buy these, there’s really no need to because you can go to restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, and just about anywhere else that sells food and get them for free.

If they happen to smell like pickle juice, wash them well and fill them with water, then add half a cup of bleach to it and let it sit overnight. Charcoal and vinegar work too, but I don’t like to add vinegar on these because then it smells like vinegar, which is suspiciously similar to pickles. You can always just take off the lid and let it air out for a few days, too. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Soda Bottles and water bottles

Soda (aka pop) bottles are great for water storage. Since they come in many different sizes from 8 ounces on up to 2-liters, you have a lot of versatility. Many water bottles are reusable, too. As with all other plastics, clean well with warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly.

55-gallon drums

If you want to store large quantities at a time, then these are a great option. Again, just make sure they’re food-grade and haven’t had any non-food products stored in them.

If you want to buy them new, just search the net for them. You may even be able to get them for free if you live near a soda distribution plant because that’s what they buy their syrups in. If they have a policy against giving them away, ask who picks them up, then contact that company. Chances are good you’ll get them for just a few bucks a piece.

Oh, and these come in both plastic and stainless steel, so you have options. I’ve never used the stainless steel ones so I’m not sure how heavy or unwieldy they are compared to their plastic counterparts. On a similar note, you can make a collection, storage, and filtration system using 55-gallon drums.

Now that you have some ideas for reusing containers for water storage, what are you waiting for? Start storing.

Remember the Law of Three: you can survive without water only three days. Click the banner below to discover our ancestor’s methods of water storage!

This article has been written by Theresa Crouse for Survivopedia. 

Maintaining A Steady Supply of Water

Click here to view the original post.

There is no more fundamental need than a steady supply of water. Without it, our bodies cannot survive more than a few days. Yet when natural disasters or other emergencies take place, municipal water is often one of the first victims. And large-scale terrorism is likely to target water distribution as a key element of infrastructure to disrupt.

So it’s critically important that we take whatever steps we can to ensure that we can maintain a safe and adequate supply of water under whatever circumstances may occur.

The most important things are to educate yourself and then to prepare. Make sure you understand the implications of line breaks. Understand how to handle a boil-water advisory. And then get your home and your family ready for how to handle a disruption in water.

As you plan for the very real possibility of a water outage, there are some major areas of concern you should address.

Starting Off Right

Water failures are rarely caused by damage at the distribution points or purification sites. It’s generally a result of line breakage. Earthquakes are notorious for creating ground shifts that twist pipes and break their joints apart.

But other failures are less sudden. A period of unusually wet weather can leave heavy soils shifting and moving, causing rocks and other buried objects to rub against water lines and create leaks that can ultimately become large enough to disrupt service.

The ideal water pipe is reinforced with a chrome carbide overlay that will resist this type of damage. If you don’t know whether your utility has built lines with such materials, try to find out and then urge them to make the change if necessary.

Maintaining Your Own

Inside your house is the most complex part of the water delivery process. The many fixtures and appliances requiring water create a maze of pipes that must be carefully monitored and maintained.

It does you no good to have a great municipal water system if your own system will fail you! Slow leaks in crawlspaces may never impact you until the pressure from your supplier drops. And other malfunctions may be okay until the system shuts down, then reactivates with a surge of pressure that finally breaks a joint or connection that had barely been hanging on.

Keep your own equipment in top running order so that outside disruptions won’t be made worse.

Conserve & Plan

Although our home’s water supply is pressurized in most uses, it’s still functional when we operate with stored water. Toilet tanks can be easily refilled with jugs or bottles that you keep on hand. Water can be heated and dumped into the tub for easy bathing. You can even do laundry with a stockpile of water.

You’ll get creative if your system shuts down, but you have to make sure that you have first stored that water. Hang on to used milk jugs, juice containers, water bottles, and any other sanitary vessel you can get, then fill them with water and store them safely. Other containers can be used for non-potable water for toilets and laundry.

Even the best municipal water system will experience a failure here and there. You must be prepared to operate on your own when it happens. If you make the proper plans, you can get through until repairs are made.

The post Maintaining A Steady Supply of Water appeared first on American Preppers Network.

7 Emergency Water Sources for Apartment Dwellers

Click here to view the original post.

  This post is by Bernie Carr, Water is such a crucial need – you can only go three days without water. A lot of people who prepare plan to fill the bathtub before a hurricane, ice storm or other predicted emergency. However, if a disaster were to happen suddenly, it would not be possible to fill the bathtub ahead of time. To be sure you are prepared for a sudden water emergency, store enough water for drinking as […]

The post 7 Emergency Water Sources for Apartment Dwellers appeared first on Apartment Prepper.

Canned Water with a 50 Year Shelf Life!

Click here to view the original post.

Canned Water with a 50 Year Shelf Life! Storing potable water can be one of the trickiest parts of prepping. It is crucial to have water on hand, though, if the local water supply becomes contaminated or simply isn’t accessible. The problem with storing water is that the shelf life is typically short, and there’s …

Continue reading »

The post Canned Water with a 50 Year Shelf Life! appeared first on SHTF & Prepping Central.

DIY Fittings for Emptying IBC Totes & Other Large Water Storage Containers

Click here to view the original post.


diy-fittings-ibc-totes-water-storageI have on several occasions suggested that the 275-gallon IBC totes are a good solution for storing water in a location in which you plan to stay during an emergency. These totes and a reliable way to make sure the water is pure enough to drink could save lives. Several people have asked me how to get the water out of these large totes.

As you may know, the IBC totes have a valve and a spout at the bottom. The valve is plastic, and while it seems to work okay, I wouldn’t trust it for everyday use. However, the spout is threaded with standard 2-inch pipe threads, and this makes it possible to create your own fitting for a faucet.

I make a simple fitting consisting of:

  • 2″ Female Adapter, Slip x FPT, PVC Schedule 40
  • 2″ x ¾” Reducer Bushing, SP x FPT, PVC Schedule 40
  • One ¾” brass faucet with hose bib
IBC tites

The arrow points to the cover over the end of the spout you need to remove to install the new fittings

You will also need some PVC schedule 40-pipe glue and a roll of Teflon tape. Glue the reducing bushing into the female adapter with PVC glue.  Screw the faucet into the reducing bushing using the Teflon tape. When this is ready, screw the whole fitting onto the spout of the IBC tote.

This gives you two valves at the bottom, the built-in plastic one and the faucet. If the plastic valve fails, you still have the faucet. With the faucet, you can control the water flow and connect a garden hose if needed. I always keep a water hose that is approved for domestic water. You can get them at a good RV supplier. This style of fitting can be used on any large water tank that has threaded fittings at or near the bottom

If you have any questions about the size of the threads, take the ring that holds the cover on the spout to the plumbing supply with you.

IBC totes

The finished fitting

IBC totes

The required fittings


While the IBC totes are heavy, weighing around 2300 pounds when full, they have a small footprint on the ground. They only require a space approximately 48 x 40 inches in size and they can be stacked up to three high. They are 46 inch high, so you can double stack them in many garages.

If you buy them used, just make sure you know what has been stored in them.


The post DIY Fittings for Emptying IBC Totes & Other Large Water Storage Containers appeared first on Preparedness Advice.

7 Steps For Emergency Water Preparation

Click here to view the original post.

Considering how important water is to human survival, I think it’s a topic worth revisiting from time to time. Too many preppers simply buy a water filter or a case of bottled water and then forget about it until the day a disaster strikes. What if that day comes and you find that your water […]

The post 7 Steps For Emergency Water Preparation appeared first on Urban Survival Site.

Prep Blog Review: Are You Ready For September?

Click here to view the original post.


National Preparedness Month is just around the corner. It should be a time of reviewing our skills, stockpile and weak spots.

The worry that still keeps me up at night? WATER. Here are some fresh blog findings that helped. 

What are you doing for prepping this September and how can we help?

1. Let’s Talk About Water Storage

“I’ll start off by saying that I’m in west Georgia and the bulk of our state has been under drought conditions for several years. I believe it was two years ago when our local reservoirs were almost empty (it gave the county a good chance to clean out the old tires (close to 1000) that had been tossed into the water over the years and to clean out the old sunken boats, junked cars and other trash and garbage that has accumulated over the years. The reservoirs have pretty much refilled and since there is no housing boom and so many houses sitting empty they will remain pretty close to full for the foreseeable future.”

Read more on The Survivalist Blog.

2. Methods To Transport Emergency Water From Source To Home


“Water. You all know that water is among the very highest of priorities for survival. The vast majority depend on flowing water from their local municipal water department while others depend on their wells. Since many of you are also preparing for a worst-case collapse scenario whereby the infrastructure may also collapse or be interrupted, one of your highest concerns should be a plan (and the methods) to move emergency water from an external source back to your home…”

Read more on Modern Survival Blog.

3. How Much Water Do You Really Need to Stockpile for Disaster Preparedness?


“One of the most frequently asked questions about emergency water is how much do you need to stockpile.  I love that you can find exact numbers in gallons recommended all over the web. As if we all have the same water needs! If you want to find out how much water YOU really need to stockpile to be prepared for all types of emergencies, read on.”

Read more on Primal Survivor.

4. How To Build An Off Grid Gravity Fed Water System Cheaply


“An off grid Gravity Fed Water System is a great option for running water. Since many of us off grid dwellers and tiny house owners do not have running water.  Yes, you can live without running water. Indoor plumbing has been around a long time but mostly for the wealthy. Your average 16th century English Farmer would have to carry in water. The same still holds true for many parts of the world today. The system I’m going to show you how to build is not a whole house solution. The principles will scale up, though. This is a cheap and easy solution to get a gravity fed water system for a sink. So this is perfect for doing a few loads of dishes, brushing teeth or hand washing.”

Read more on Survival Punk.

5. Survival Water Purification: Hidden water sources, tools for preppers, and storage ideas

“Preppers live by this fact: a person can live a month without food, but only a few days without water. And while pollution or disruption of the water supply is entirely possible, most preppers fail to stock enough water. They’ll need water not only for drinking, but for cooking and cleaning as well. A water strategy for preppers includes storing water; filtering, purifying, and sanitizing water; locating water reserves; and creating new water supplies. Discover these methods of water filtration.”

Read more on Happy Preppers.


This article has been written by Brenda E. Walsh for Survivopedia

6 total views, 4 views today

Rate this article!

[Total: 0    Average: 0/5]

8 Survival Water Mistakes That Could Make You Sick (Or Worse)

Click here to view the original post.

When it comes to survival, water is the most important part in the holy trinity (water, food, and shelter). You can survive more than 30 days without food, but only 3 or 4 days without water, even if you’re physically fit. Other than oxygen, water is the most important thing for human survival, which is […]

The post 8 Survival Water Mistakes That Could Make You Sick (Or Worse) appeared first on Urban Survival Site.


Click here to view the original post.

When you choose to live a preparedness lifestyle and building resilience you have to constantly challenge yourself, test and reset boundaries and change the game. Your willingness to do so could prove to be the difference in making your life all it can be or even in your survival some day.

In 2012, we created Practical Tactical. In 2014 I published two books, the Practical Tactical Quick Start Guide and then co-wrote Practical Prepping: No Apocalypse Required. In 2015, my daughter Riley arrived and our world changed forever. What can possibly top that? Well, nothing. Absolutely nothing. Now it’s 2016 and it is time to get back in the ring, keep creating, thinking, growing and prospering. It’s time to change the game…again.



I am thrilled to announce that we are taking our vision of personal preparedness world wide as proud members of the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network as I launch my new show, Practical Prepping. Period.

AOTAGRN banner logo

Practical Prepping. Period. is where preparedness theory meets the real world. We hope to bring you a variety of unique and wide ranging voices in the world of preparedness that will not only help you strengthen your preparedness when it comes to the basics, but also present a broader view to expand your ideas of what personal preparedness can be as we discuss some of the larger concepts, as well as the factors in today’s world that will make you realize why having a family disaster plan and a high level of individual resilience is a good idea. For example, the “three Es” (Environment, Energy, Economy) and how they work together will underpin our view of the world and our discussions. I feel this is important because regardless of where you are on the road to preparedness, the “three Es” will ultimately have an impact on your path. Other topics certain to be discussed on P3 are homesteading, gardening, first aid, firearms and self defense, climate, philosophy, water and food storage, not to mention spiritual preparedness.

I hope you will come along for the ride and make it a point to join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 9pm for our live shows where you will have the chance to call in and speak with our amazing guest. If that doesn’t work out for some reason have no fear, you can always download the podcast from the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network or ITunes and listen in whenever you get the chance.


Keep up with everything Practical Tactical by subscribing to our mailing list and be sure to LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW us across all of our social media platforms as well.

A Week Without Running Water

Click here to view the original post.

This post is by Bernie Carr, We recently traveled to a camp site up in the mountains in New Mexico.  The website indicated the area would have potable water, but when we arrived, we found it did not actually … Continue reading

The post A Week Without Running Water appeared first on Apartment Prepper.

9 Places You Can Find Water In The City When The SHTF

Click here to view the original post.

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you already have stockpiles of water. But what happens when you run out? What if your water is stolen by looters? What if you’re stranded somewhere and unable to reach your supplies? There are countless scenarios where you may have […]

The post 9 Places You Can Find Water In The City When The SHTF appeared first on Urban Survival Site.

8 Fastest Ways to Purify Water

Click here to view the original post.

When your mouth is bone dry and your body is dehydrated, you don’t want to wait around for water to go through the purification process. You want a drink right now. Besides, if you’re on the move, you might not have time to make a water filter from […]

The post 8 Fastest Ways to Purify Water appeared first on Urban Survival Site.

Survival Still Campfire

Click here to view the original post.

The other day we showed how to use shelf brackets to hold pots over a campfire, today we will use this technique to try to distill water over a campfire. This is probably the most important test of the survival still, because if you ever have to actually rely on the still, you may not […]

The post Survival Still Campfire appeared first on Shepherd School – Home for DIY Prepper Projects.

Lifestack Storage Stackable Containers

Click here to view the original post.
It's a giveaway! 3 lucky winners will receive 3 sets of LifeStack Containers | PreparednessMama

It’s a Giveaway! When I first heard about Lifestack Storage Containers I was immediately interested to see how they would work. Living in a small home presents challenges for water and food storage and I am always looking for solutions. LifeStack Storage Containers are  watertight, stackable 1 gallon containers that store food and water. The containers […]

The post Lifestack Storage Stackable Containers appeared first on PreparednessMama.

8 Places You Can Store Your Drinking Water

Click here to view the original post.

Water is one of the most important things to store and one of the most difficult things to store. You need a LOT of water to sustain the average family, even for just a month. So if you’re trying to store enough water to last several months, you’ve probably realized […]

The post 8 Places You Can Store Your Drinking Water appeared first on Urban Survival Site.

12 Survival Water Mistakes You Should Never Make

Click here to view the original post.

There’s no doubt water is one of the most important things when it comes to survival, and I’m not just saying that because of the rule of threes. There’s more to survival water than not being able to live for more than 3 days without it. You need to have a stockpile, you need to […]

The post 12 Survival Water Mistakes You Should Never Make appeared first on Expert Prepper Blog.

Chapter 30- Coping Without Running Water

Click here to view the original post.

Every Prepper worth their salt stores water and lots of it.  Not only that, they store one, two, three or more ways to purify water.  That is all well and good because you never know when a disaster or other disruptive event may occur and those water resources will be called upon for drinking, cleaning, hygiene, and sanitation purposes.

Recently, my number came up and I was the one without water during a short term, personal water apocalypse.  Now really, that may be a bit dramatic because I was simply without running water. This was caused by a break in the line from the water main at the street to my home.  All told, I was without running water for 12 days.

To be honest, I was quite relaxed about the ordeal.  After all, I had cases of bottled water for drinking, and a 55 gallon water barrel holding purified water.

Still, being without running water brought up issues I had not considered. Albeit water-ready, the reality of not being able to turn on the tap and have fresh, and especially hot, water was a new experience.

Today I learned more tips from Urban Man for coping without running water so that you can be better prepared if something similar happens to you. Below are 17 tips to help in this situation.

17 Tips for Coping Without Water:

1. With advance notice of a water shutoff, fill the bathtub and as many spare jugs and buckets as you can round up. In addition, fill the Berkey, if you have one and all of your sinks.

2. Double up on hand sanitation.  Fill a spray bottle with liquid castile soap, water, and a copious amount of tea tree or other anti-bacterial essential oil. To wash you hands, spray with a generous amount of your soap/tea tree mixture then rinse with water from a filled sink or a container of water set next to the sink.  Follow-up with commercial hand sanitizer.

3. Know the location of your preps!  In my case, I had two camp showers that could have been used for taking hot showers after heating water on the stove.  Could I find them?  Nope.

4. No mater how many buckets you have, you need more.  In addition, make sure the buckets you have are manageable, weight wise, when filled with water.  Remember, water weighs 8.35 pounds per gallon.  My buckets were re-purposed 2-pound buckets obtained for free from a local cafe and were small enough for me to handle comfortably when filled.  A water filled 5 gallon bucket would have been a problem.

5. When using the toilet, flush liquids daily but solids upon each use.  I had two toilets in use so it was easy to abide by this formula.  I did not, however, flush TP (see below).

6. Dispose of toilet paper into a wastebasket and not into the toilet.  This will prevent your toilet from backing up because it is crammed with paper!  Been there, done that.  Do, however, be mindful of the smell and dispose of the contents of your wastebasket daily.  Baking soda helps control odors if you can not dispose of soiled TP often enough.

7. When it comes time to flush, fill the tank with water and use the handle on the toilet to flush.  This uses less water than dumping water into the bowl.

8. Stock up on disposable plates, cups, and eating utensils.  Cleaning up after meals will be a challenge and will use a lot of water.  Save the water you have for cooking utensils and use disposables for everything else.

9. Clean with cloths and rags not sponges.  Without proper cleaning, sponges will become very unsanitary quickly.  Gross even.  Use microfiber cloths or cleaning rags made from discarded tee shirts or towels.  They can be washed using a Mobile Washer, tossed in the garbage, or laundered when things return to normal.

10. Learn to take “sponge baths” using a washcloth and soap.  Your spray bottle of castile soap will come in handy for this.  Better yet, lay in a supply of No-Rinse Bath Wipes (my favorite), homemade wipes (something I still need to learn to do), or baby wipes.

11. Have at least one way to filter and purify watered gathered from the outdoors.  See How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water.

12. Learn to hook a hose up to your water heater so that you can use its water in an emergency.  It is a good idea to turn off the electrical breaker or turn off the pilot light first.

13.  Plumbers may not always be available so learn minor plumbing repairs yourself.  When the water came back on, one of our toilets failed, probably due to the back flow of gunk.  Repairs were easy with a backup tank repair kit.

14. Get to know which neighbors have what home repair and handyman skills.  Let them know about your own skill-set so that there is reciprocity and you can help each other out when something goes wrong and needs fixing.  Everyone knows how to do something, right?

15. Keep basic tools on hand, including shovels, axes, saws, hatchets, and other manly-man items.  Just because you are a woman does not mean you should not have basic tools!

16. Maintain a good sense of humor. Treat the experience and a learning experience as well as a grand adventure in self-reliance.

17. Purchase 30 gallon and 55 gallon water barrels for storing water at your home. I would recommend a minimum of 4. Learn to check and keep the water purified. Rotate water every 4 months by using the water to water your survival garden and yard, wash your car, etc. Purchase hand pumps to make removing the water easy.

The Final Word

Regardless of how much you drill for disruptive events, having something happen for real will open your eyes to considerations that were unplanned.  With camping, backpacking, and boating, you know in advance you will not have running water and can plan accordingly.

No running water at the drop of a hat is another story completely.

How Light and Other Factors Affect Your Stored Water

Click here to view the original post.

UV Light Stored Water

Bottled water and tap water if exposed to prolonged periods of direct sunlight and/or heat sources may develop algae, or mold (IBWA, 2015).

BPA and Sunlight/Heat

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical building block that is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastic has for 50 years been the choice for food and beverage product containers. It is lightweight, shatter-resistant, and transparent, making it ideal for food and beverage storage.

FDA’s current assessment is that BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods. Studies suggest however, that heat and light have an effect on how quickly and how much BPA will leach from the plastics in water bottles and other food packaging.

Cool and dark are the recommended environments for storing bottled water. While the FDA has stated that commercially bottled water has an indefinite shelf-life the packaging does not, and how your water is stored will have an effect on how long the packaging remains intact.

If you were to fill plastic water bottles that had been previously used, and you did not properly sanitize the container, and then you left the clear plastic bottles where direct or even indirect sunlight will reach them, you may very well see mold and algae developing inside the sealed containers.

Any water you draw from your tap should only be placed in approved water containers, (food grade containers), and only after proper cleaning of the containers. UV light will encourage algae growth so it is important that water be stored in the dark or stored in non-transparent containers.

Temperature swings will also have an impact. Bottled water stored in a hot car over the summer months will not last nearly as long as bottled water stored in a cool environment away from light and high heat and/or temperature swings.

Water stored for long periods will go stale, because of the lack of dissolved oxygen. Fish aquariums, for example, use bubble stones and other methods to aerate the water so there is always a certain level of dissolved oxygen in the water. 

The bubbles created by the aeration rise to the top and collect dissolved oxygen from the air and then disperse it throughout the water. Obviously you cannot put aerators in your bottles and uncapping them to shake to create bubbles may cause some contaminates to enter the water.

Proper rotation is the key to fresh water. Water in and of itself has an indefinite shelf life, but how it is stored, what it is stored in, and where it is stored will have an effect.

Glass is an option, but it is transparent and it is heavy. It can be easily sterilized and the containers can be used repeatedly however, as long as the cap remains intact. Glass is hard to transport, because of the weight and the fact it has to be packed a certain way to prevent shattering.

Stainless Steel is an option as well, but again it is heavy, but it is not transparent so sunlight/artificial light has little effect, but water provided by a municipality would contain sodium hypochlorite (bleach), which will corrode stainless steel over time.

If you were to store water in Stainless Steel drums that were properly sterilized and the water was treated correctly you could safely store the water for years if sealed tightly. Once you open a container then you should use the entire contents.

Plastic has been for decades the choice for food storage because of the weight, durability, and ease of manufacturing. BPA is a concern, but as of now there is no medical evidence to show the amounts you be ingesting would have an effect on you. Of course it is a personal choice whether you use plastics that contain BPA, but if you do not choose plastic you will need reliable storage container options.

IBWA. (2015). Retrieved August 2015, from

The post How Light and Other Factors Affect Your Stored Water appeared first on Preparing for shtf.

Bottling and Storing Your Own Water

Click here to view the original post.

Bottling Storing Your Own Water

According to the CDC any water that is not commercially bottled should be discarded after six months (CDC, 2014).

“Commercially Bottled Water”, according to the FDA, “is considered to have an indefinite safety shelf life if it is produced in accordance with CGMP and quality standard regulations and is stored in an unopened, properly sealed container”.


The FDA does not require an expiration date for bottled water. However, long-term storage of bottled water may result in aesthetic defects, such as off-odor and taste. Bottlers may voluntarily put expiration dates on their labels, and most do place an expiration date on the containers (FDA, 2014).

Obviously, commercially bottled water, if you believe in the process, makes the most sense when it comes to long-term storage of water. The problem is that bottled water is expensive in comparison to what you pay for tap water, and while the water itself may have an indefinite shelf life the packaging material may not. Most material used for bottled water packaging, as stated in a previous article is flimsy and will not hold up well under normal handling/movement in a backpack or vehicle.

Many of you probably realize that some, if not many of the manufactures that bottle water bottle using tap water. Exotic filtering and purification methods are not typically used. There are certain regulations that specifically address those that bottle so-called spring water and mineral water.

What sets commercially bottled water apart from the water you could bottle at home is the process by which the bottles are filled. You would have to take certain things at face value and make some assumptions, but for the most part the process adheres to strict sanitary standards.

You can store your own water if you use the proper containers and follow proper sanitation methods. What is the shelf life of water you store yourself? In theory indefinitely, but this assumes you do not contaminate the water at some point or it is not contaminated before you fill up a container with it.

Six months is a good guideline, but this can be costly if you have to empty hundreds of gallons of water every six months to refill with fresh.

You can however, incorporate the stored water into daily use before it expires, or when you  think it has expired, and then refill so you always have fresh water on hand. Use the water for crop irrigation, or use to flush toilets to help offset the cost of refilling the containers.

  1. Only use food grade plastic containers for water storage, Typically water barrels are blue to signify water
  2. Wash the inside of the container  with warm soapy water and then rinse well before using for the first time or after emptying and before refilling again
  3. Add one teaspoon of bleach to a quart of water. Use unscented common household bleach that contains sodium hypochlorite at between 5.25 and 6 percent active, add the solution to the water container after washing and drying and swish around ensuring the solution touches all of the surface inside the container, wait at least 30 seconds then empty, you can let air dry or rinse with clean water
  4. Only fill water containers with hoses rated for potable water, typically the hoses are white or occasionally blue/grey, keep in mind the larger water storage containers may have to be filled in place with a hose connected to a faucet inside the home because of the weight, so be prepared for this

It is not recommended that you use containers that had contained fruit juices or milk, the plastic used for these beverages is not designed for long-term storage

If you followed the correct procedures when filling food grade water containers, then again, in theory, the water would be safe to drink for an indefinite period. To be safe once you have tapped into a particular container for water however, assume the water’s shelf life has expired. In other words do not use your emergency water source until there is an emergency, or you plan to incorporate the water into daily use and then refill the container. Draw from one container at a time until empty, and then follow the stated sanitation procedures for refilling.

Too much can go wrong if you start using the water and then refilling on top of the water that is already in the container. Once opened, you should use the entire container and then follow the procedures for cleaning the container and refilling the container.

If you have to draw from a large container, for example, using a siphon (that may have been contaminated), or you use a water hose to fill the larger water storage tanks that is not designed for potable water – then you stand the risk of contaminating the water.

If unsure of the water quality filter and then purify using bleach or by boiling. Do not drink or use for other purposes, any water that has been contaminated by any chemicals or toxins. Filtering and purifying using bleach or by boiling will not remove the chemicals/toxins.

CDC. (2014, December). Retrieved 2015, from

FDA. (2014, October). Retrieved 2015, from

The post Bottling and Storing Your Own Water appeared first on Preparing for shtf.

How to Prep Like a Mormon

Click here to view the original post.

How to Prep Like a MormonFollowers of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints religion are taught a lot about self-reliance. One of the key components of their teachings encourages you to prepare your family for the possibility of  hard times to come. Their strategies and beliefs are a thoughtful approach to prepping and offer something even non-members of their church can follow.

Prepping doesn’t just necessarily mean we are always prepping for the end of the world. Mormons believe that we should prepare for any potential disaster, even the ones that hit close to home. The Mormon prepping principles would help you in a true SHTF scenario, a natural disaster or even just economic hardship and unemployment. Adopting some of the basic principles LDS members follow,  is a great way to look at you own home storage and emergency preparedness– especially for someone who is just getting started.


LDS Home Storage

Mormon teachings focus on four main aspects of home storage to help keep their families safe in hard times.

1. A Three Month Supply of Food

Fagor Duo 10 Piece Pressure Canner

10 Piece Pressure Canning Kit – Canning is very popular in the LDS faith

Mormon’s suggest that you build a small supply of food that is basically the same as your normal, daily diet. Since Mormons also teach to  spend your money wisely and not live beyond your means, for many Mormon preppers this mean buying a few extra items each week until you can build up a one week supply of food. You add to it from there and work toward a goal of three months of food. Canning and other food preservation is very popular in the LDS faith. They even have canning centers in some cities that they can utilize to build their own stockpile and package food for long term storage. It is also important to begin rotating your stockpile regularly to avoid having your shorter term food spoil.

2. Long Term Food Storage

Another aspect of food storage for preppers is their long term supply. Many basic staples, believe it or not, can last as long as 30 years. Wheat, grain, white rice, powdered milk, corn, pasta, potato flakes, pinto beans, and sugar are all good examples for foods that when properly stored can last between 20 and 30 years. Many dehydrated food can last near this long too. Building up the long term food storage helps supplement the three month supply, or keep your family fed if your hard times extend beyond your three month supply of food.

3. Water

Storing water is a smart practice, as there are numerous situations that could result in a tainted water supply. Store water in sturdy, leak-proof, breakage-resistant containers. A lot of LDS preppers, trying to keep their costs low recycle juice or water containers, but for there are many ways to easily store water. Keep water containers in a cool, dark place — away from heat sources and direct sunlight. There are excellent storage options for water.  You can also choose to purchase prepacked water, which is another easy way to stock up.

Depending upon you space and the size of your family, it might not be feasible to to store enough water. If this is the case, you may turn to a water filtration system that could help aid in keeping you and your family hydrated in cause of a contaminated water supply or lack of running water in general.

preppers economy

Using Gold or Silver for your Financial Reserve is a smart prepper idea

4. Financial Reserve

The teaching of the LDS church encourage their followers to prepare for adversity by paying attention to their finances. They encourage people to have a financial reserve, even if it is small, and believe that will help your family feel more secure and at peace. They also encourage you to discipline yourself to avoid debt as well as be modest with unnecessary expenditures.

A financial reserve can come in many different forms, but in a world where the possibility of banks collapsing truly exists, most smart preppers know investing in alternative currency, like gold or silver, is a better bet for the long term.

Items Beyond Food

The church also encourages you to collect other resources that will aid you and your family in the case of a disaster or emergency. Other items in an LDS stockpile may include:

Have an Emergency Preparedness Plan

The LDS Church has a 5 point emergency plan for its followers to help them prepare for emergencies in advance.

1. Identify Likely Disasters – Make a list of the disasters that are most likely to occur in your area. For each type of disaster, consider the specific response that would be needed.

2. Gather Critical Information – Gather information on one easily accessible place for things like important phone numbers and contact, as well as maps and locations of local organization that may be of service in a time of need.

3. Outline Assignments & Procedures – Identify within your family unit what everyone’s jobs and tasks will be in the case of emergency. Make sure you go over and practice how to complete these tasks, especially for the children; make sure you have age appropriate tasks as well. Remember to consider task that will be important both before, during and after a potential disaster strikes.

4. Identify Emergency Communication Methods – Plan for alternative communication methods that can be if phone lines, cell phone service, or transportation routes are disrupted during an emergency. Short range two way radios as well as emergency radios will help keep communication possible in a disaster.

5. Encourage Member Participation – Mormons are also instructed to encourage their fellow congregants to participate in emergency planning, home storage and financial planning that goes along with their beliefs about self- reliance.


Key Tips From the LDS Teachings

Start Slow

When you are first acquiring your stockpile it can be overwhelming, especially financially. The church suggests that its followers begin their home storage supplies slowly, only buying a few extra items each week.

Live Within your Means

The church also teaches it’s followers to avoid debt, and live within their own means. For prepping, this means you are not supposed to put yourself into debt, just to create a stockpile. They also encourage you to avoid credit cards and buying on credit, as a precaution. When times get tough it becomes much harder to make ends meet with credit card bills piling up at your door. That is why Mormons choose their own expenditures wisely– keeping in mind what they can afford and what they truly need.

Buy Bulk and On Sale

Mormons buy in bulk on sale! Get this 6 Months Supply of food -  Over 50% off

Mormons buy in bulk on sale! Get this 6 Months Supply of food – Over 50% off

One of the best things about having an established stockpile, is you only have to buy items when they are on sale. Many Mormons practice the simple money saving technique… it you buy in bulk when it’s on sale, you can use what you have in your stockpile until the particular item is on sale again. This enables LDS preppers to save much more money over the long haul.

Grow a Garden

Since living within your means is so important in the LDS faith, many Mormons grow a garden as sort of a living food supply. In addition, whatever you don’t use while it’s fresh can often be dehydrated or canned to keep for longer term storage.

Self Reliance

The Mormon church preaches on self reliance, but that goes beyond things like growing a garden. The truth is true prepping whether LDS or not, goes beyond your food stockpile. While many preppers are prepared in the case of attack and arm themselves with self defense tools and knowledge, the LDS church thinks of another possible scenario to prepare for as well.

Mormons are taught they must prepare themselves with proper vocational skills,  in the event of unintended unemployment or financial hardship. This is an important aspect that most general preppers look over, while they are considering larger scale disasters, but the truth is unemployment could leave your family in a bad place if you are not properly prepared. Gaining education and usable job skills might not help you in a Zombie apocalypse, but let’s face it the likelihood of becoming unemployed is still a lot greater than being attacked by zombies… so buy that shotgun, but maybe buy a book too.


Mormon self-reliance is an intelligent and thoughtful approach to prepping. Considering more variety of what would be constituted as  a disaster can help your family not only be prepared for a SHTF scenario, but also for other of life’s twists and turns. Offering an intelligent, balanced approach is an effective way to begin your plan to help your family survive in potentially challenging times.

The post How to Prep Like a Mormon appeared first on USPreppers.