Posts Tagged ‘Water’

Here are ten ways to know for sure you’re a prepper.

  1. Buying 100 cans of food at once is a normal shopping experience for you.
  2. Stacked water bottles in your basement take up an entire wall and almost look artistic.
  3. No matter how many guns and how much ammo you have you are always on the lookout for more.
  4. Re-purposing items for things other than their original intended use is a way of life.
  5. You know that duct tape really can fix everything.
  6. Everywhere you go situational awareness is first and foremost on your mind.
  7. You love your country even if you disagree with some of its policies.
  8. Political correctness will never be practiced in your home.
  9. You stand up for your rights and your beliefs with pride and honor.
  10. Your bug out bags are proudly displayed as part of your home furnishings.

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Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed to the fullest.  You should live the way you want, work at something you enjoy doing, reside where you want and get as much satisfaction from life as possible.  Along with that however, it is also prudent to be prepared for situations in life where things are contra to your best interests.  Disasters such as social unrest, war, famine, societal collapse, escalations in violent crime, etc., are just some of the things that in this day and age are of concern to many.  So, along with enjoying the good times, it is also important to prepare for the bad times.

The following are the things I consider most important for preparing for your own survival.

  • There is no such thing as having too much canned food or water set aside.  If disaster strikes, grocery stores may not be available to supplement your needs.  You must maintain a minimum of 3 months worth of food and water per person.
  • Yes, yes, yes you must have a sufficient amount of guns and ammunition and be well versed in their use.  You may have sufficient quantities of emergency supplies, but if others try and forcibly take them, you must be able to hold onto what you have.
  • People can and will panic during disasters so avoid large crowds and any areas subject to martial law and or rioting.  Use common sense and good judgement in deciding whom to trust.
  • Always keep  small amounts of cash on hand.  A disaster may render ATM’s and credit card systems useless.  If so, cash or barter may be the only ways to immediately conduct business.
  • Take responsibility for your own survival.  Ability without character is useless.  Remain moral and ethical during times of crisis.
  • As I constantly remind readers; stay situationally aware.  You must know what is going on around you so that dangerous people and situations cannot catch you off guard.

You can get a free preview of my first five post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution.

The three primary methods of water purification in an emergency situation are boiling, chlorine and iodine.  Let’s take a brief look at each method.

Boiling:

First filter out any debris then heat the water until it boils.  Keep the water boiling for several minutes.  Boiling is quick, reliable and kills both bacteria and viruses and is considered the most effective of the three methods listed.

Chlorine (Household Bleach):

Use only plain, without fragrances or other additives.  The chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) content should be between 4% and 6%.  Once you open your container of bleach the chlorine content will diminish, so avoid opening it until you plan on using it.  Once the water is at room temperature add 2 drops of bleach for 1 quart, 4 drops for a half gallon or 8 drops for a gallon.  If the water still remains cloudy then double the amount.  Stir the bleach and water briskly and then let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.  The water should retain the faint odor of bleach, if it does not then treat the water again.

Iodine:

Water treated with iodine may retain a chemical taste which can be reduced by adding a flavored drink mix to it.  Use 5 drops of iodine per quart of water if clear or 10 drops of iodine per quart if the water is cloudy.

If in doubt about your water supply, consider your sources of water as contaminated until treated.

You can get a free preview of my first four post apocalyptic fiction survival books by clicking on the book cover images to the left of this blog post, on my blog page, which will take you to the Amazon.com website. Then you can click on the look inside option which will give you a free preview.  If my survival fiction books interest you; then consider purchasing them.  Book titles include American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution, American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution and American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution.

When a SHTF scenario occurs; it is of paramount importance that you have planned accordingly, beforehand, how to deal with the circumstances that such an event will trigger.  The following are some things that you need to consider before a SHTF scenario occurs.

  • There will not be enough resources or emergency personnel to look after everyone.  You will be responsible for your own survival so do not expect rescue.  It will be an added bonus if rescue occurs but do not count on it.
  • Have a safe, secure, defendable location available to you.
  • Keep a low profile.  Avoid main roads if you must travel.
  • Authority figures are not to be trusted.  In a panic scenario society’s rules are quickly forgotten and some of those who would normally protect you, in a civilized time and place, can no longer be relied upon to do so.  Some military and police may devolve into rogue units so it is best to avoid them.
  • Avoid survivor camps at all costs.  Once inside you will likely not be permitted to leave; and any weapons, food or supplies you have with you will be confiscated.
  • Expect martial law to be declared and expect that attempts will be made to confiscate any supplies you have set aside for your survival.  Keep a low profile when it comes to your state of preparedness.
  • Crime will escalate to extremely high levels.  Be prepared to deal with it in an effective manner.
  • The preps you have may be all that is available for some time; so food, water, medicine, guns, ammo, cash on hand, etc., that you have stocked; will be all you might have immediate access to.

If the SHTF and food and water become hard for people to locate, expect government officials, police and fire departments to consider you a hoarder if they find out you have bulk stocked up on food and water.  Keep these preparations to yourself; as being prepared to them will be nothing more than an opportunity to these officials to seize your items and redistribute them to the masses.  Why should a 3 month supply of food and water needed for your family be taken and given to others who were not properly prepared!  Use stealth when stocking up on your survival supplies.

You cannot survive without sufficient clean drinking water, sufficient food, followed by sufficient shelter and a sufficient means of self defense.  These four things are absolutely, positively essential to your survival when disaster strikes.  Without these basic essentials you will not survive; so it is worth repeating……. You must have sufficient clean drinking water, sufficient food, followed by sufficient shelter and a sufficient means of self defense.  Start preparing today!

Yes, there’s nothing quite like relaxing in a hot tub on a chilly evening; but your hot tub can also be a source of emergency water during a disaster and when properly treated and or filtered can help save your life.  If your hot tub is roughly 8×8 and fits 6 people; it should hold approximately 500 gallons.  That’s a lot of additional water which can be used for drinking, bathing, etc.

Remember hot tub water should be properly filtered before using .  If your filter/purification device such as the type that backpackers use; can filter out microbial contaminents and your hot tub has not been over treated with chemicals; the water can be drinkable.   Most people will require at least one gallon a day of drinking water so your hot tub as an emegency water supply can be another asset in your preperations package.