We need to learn how to store water for survival today, not tomorrow. I read articles in the newspaper detailing water contamination and the need to store water now. A few years ago, we had another problem right here in Syracuse, Utah. KSL TV on Syracuse, Utah Contaminated Water.
Don’t forget to throw out your ice cubes in a situation like this. The water was contaminated with E.coli and Coliform.
I want to remind people to please sign up for the Reverse 911 in your location today. If you are on vacation or at a second home you will get the Reverse 911 message from the phone number (s) you registered.
You might remember, I wrote about why you need to register your phones where you are located. If you registered your phone number in say Phoenix, Arizona since you live there, that is awesome until you go on vacation.
It’s great because you will learn very quickly by text, email or a recording (based on your city or county) that there is an Amber Alert or an imminent danger situation in your neighborhood, city or county. Hopefully, the place where you are staying has a Reverse 911, I would register there as well in that city, county or state.
I have a daughter that lives in Huntington Beach, California. Here’s the deal, one block from her home you can see this sign that says something to the effect “Evacuate this way (with a large arrow) in case of an imminent Tsunami.”
I can’t remember the exact statement, but I do remember seeing the word Tsunami. So I called her to make sure she has signed up for the reverse 911 notification. So many people have given up their landline because of the cost, and now it seems the safety of a landline is not as safe as we thought at one time.
I wrote a post about Flagstaff, Arizona where CenturyLink underground cables for the home phones, the internet, and some mobile phone companies were vandalized. Here’s the link to see exactly what happened: Flagstaff Century Link Vandalism 2015.
Colorado and a few other states recently had some really bad weather with hail the size of quarters: NBC News Reports Storms-Flash-Floods-Threaten-Midwest.
Check out the pictures by NBS news comparing the golf balls to the quarter size hail. I would hate to be an insurance agent after that storm. Wow, talk about dents on cars and house damage from the hail. I hope all the families are okay.
I remember years ago taking “sales” classes at a local bank I worked for in Salt Lake City, Utah. They taught us you have to show clients what bank products are available, and then do it over and over again so they understand the product(s) may be worthwhile and needful sometime.
Maybe not today but tomorrow. They will remember if you talk, mail postcards to them, etc. about the products the bank has available for them. So, if I sound redundant on “store water now,” then please forgive me. You will thank me later, I promise.
Store Water For Your Pets:
Don’t forget to store water for your pets. Here’s a guide that may help you decide how much to store for your pet. Please store a minimum of 1 ounce (30 ml) of water per pound.
Please Store Water For Survival Today:
I feel like I need to tell my readers to store water today. Again. If you can save the money get some containers to store water and use the suggested EPA approved Water Preserver drops I use you, then you will be set. I only use these drops: Water Preserver Concentrate
Quote from the manufacturer:
- 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.
Bleach or City Water Rotate Every Six Months:
I am not rotating my water every six months. If you use bleach to preserve your water you must remember to rotate the water every six months. Here is a link you might like to read on bleach in water storage: Red Cross.Org.
I quote: “Fill the bottle to the top with regular tap water. (If your water utility company treats your tap water with chlorine, you do not need to add anything else to the water to keep it clean.)
If the water you are using comes from a well or water source that is not treated with chlorine, add two drops of non-scented liquid household chlorine bleach to each gallon of water.
Tightly close the container using the original cap. Be careful not to contaminate the cap by touching the inside of it with your fingers. Write the date on the outside of the container so that you know when you filled it. Store in a cool, dark place. Replace the water every six months if not using commercially bottled water.“
WaterBricks to Store Water Now:
These are my favorite water containers because you can carry one in each hand and they weigh about 27 pounds each if filled with water. They hold 3.5 gallons each so I use 1/4 teaspoon of my favorite Water Preserver above. Or you can count out the drops. I might have blinked when counting but I put 1/4 teaspoon in mine. I rotate them every 5 years! Yes, they are BPA free. Here they are: WaterBrick 1833-0001 Stackable Water and Food Storage Container, 3.5 gals of Liquid, 27 lb of Dry Food Products, Blue
Store Water Now-Blue Cans (my favorite):
I have talked about water storage in containers but if you have limited space and want some really good tasting water, these are for you. I am personally buying cases of these for my daughters.
Here is a little information from the manufacturer and I quote:
- 50 Year Shelf Life
- 12 oz of water per can, 24 cans per case
- 2.25 gallons of water per case
- Hermetically sealed water purified with 12 step filtration, reverse osmosis, UV light treatment
- Eco-Friendly Packaging” End of quote.
Water Storage Containers
Pros: easy to pick up at the grocery store, cheap
Cons: short shelf-life (approximately 12-24 months)
Pros: easy to carry if you need to evacuate, stackable depending on the brand, fairly cheap
Cons: they only hold 2-gallons so you will need several
3.5 Gallon WaterBricks:
Pros: They weigh approx. 27 pounds when filled, which makes them fairly easy to carry with the handles. They are stackable, you can store them in closets, under beds, and behind a couch.
Cons: Fairly expensive.
Pros: Cheap and available at most big box stores.
Cons: Bulky, you need a bung to tighten them, and a pump to pump out any water. No spigot.
High Capacity Tanks:
Mark and I purchased a 250-gallon high capacity tank a couple years ago. It didn’t look that big at the store UNTIL the company delivered it to our home. We had to tilt the tank just to get it in our garage. I had saved money for this unit for a couple of years. I will drain it and water some plants in my yard every 5 years. I LOVE knowing I have that much water on hand.
Pros: Large capacity of water, mine has two spigots, one for draining, and one for buckets.
Cons: Expensive, hard to pick up yourself even with a truck. You need three people to maneuver it.
Let’s be prepared before we need to be prepared. We can do it, store water now, one container at a time. Blessings, Linda
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