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SPG 016: Prepper Emergency Water Preparedness Assessment


When it comes to preparedness having emergency water storage and supply is essential.  In this episode, we are going to begin a series of episodes where we conduct assessments.  This episode will be focusing on conducting emergency water preparedness.  You can only survive 3 days without water so it is important to have quick access to water in an emergency.

Show Notes:

How many gallons of water do you have stored per person?

  • Typically we are told to have one gallon of water per person per day
  • Water is going to be needed to cook and clean
  • It is important to take care of hygiene during a crisis because without you can become sick or get infected
  • For short term circumstances, we should have at least a 7 day supply
  • However, for extreme collapse type scenarios, you will want to have 200 gallons
  • Now, it is impossible to store enough water to last you forever
  • For a long term scenario, 200 gallons would be helpful until you can secure your own source of water
  • Now having this much water isn’t possible for a lot of urban preppers with limited space
  • There are a few items that I use to help save space that I talked about in a previous episode
  • Soda bottles are good to take advantage of smaller spaces in your pantry in home
  • however, these are not ideal for long term storage because they are not BPA free
  • Another great option are water bricks which can fit in smaller spaces like under your couch
  • Finally, I do have bigger 7-gallon water containers from Reliance Aqua-Tainer which are BPA free as well

Do you have a renewable water supply?

  • anytime that you can have a natural supply of resources then you automatically multiply your survivability
  • this is because natural resources are renewable and endless
  • this world will never run out of the water
  • water has an endless cycle
  • bodies of water dissipate, rise into the clouds, fall to the ground when it rains, soaks into the soil and comes back up again
  • With water, you can greatly increase your survivability with renewable resources like a well, springs, river, lake or pond
  • this means you will not have to run to the store or depend on FEMA for water in a crisis
  • the more sources that you have the more that you multiply your survivability

How far away is your renewable water resource?

  • Having quick and easy access to water is crucial in a crisis
  • you don’t want to be battling out with others to have access to this resource
  • during a crisis, everyone is going to be flocking there
  • so having the water resource on your property is ideal as it will reduce safety threats
  • Now you will want to have something to collect that water with
  • I have a collapsible water bag that I can carry in my emergency bag that will carry about 2 gallons
  • It’s easy to scoop the water
  • It also has a cap so that the water doesn’t spill or leak
  • the bag is also made of strong material so that it won’t bust while transporting the water
  • Now this assessment isn’t for your bug out or survival retreat
  • This resource should be where you live
  • Ultimately the plan is to never be forced to bug out
  • Now if your current location doesn’t have this resource then you may be forced to bug out
  • In a previous blog post, I discussed how to determine if and when you should bug out
  • I will link that in the show notes of this episode at smartpreppergear.com/spg16
  • So this means if you don’t currently have access to that resource then you may need to consider strategically relocating
  • I’m not talking about packing up to the middle of nowhere
  • a lot of us don’t have that possibility
  • but I recommend finding a location that has a water resource on your property or less than a mile a way
  • Now another option is to add a rain catchment system
  • However, if you live in a dry climate this may not be as effective
  • But strategic relocation is something that you may want to consider if you don’t have quick access to this resource
  • remember you can only survive 3 days without water

Do you have means to purify your water supply?

  • Unless you like having beaver fever then it is a good idea to have means to filter and purify your water sources
  • It isn’t enough to only have a water resource but you want to have safe water to drink
  • Not all water is safe to drink
  • This is why it is important to have some filters and a way to purify the water
  • Now, of course, you can filter water easily by using bandanas or you can create a charcoal filter
  • However, if you are collecting big amounts of water at a time then you will want to have some tools that make it easier
  • One good option is Life Straw water filters along with Berkey Water Filter
  • Berkey is a big container that can purify a few gallons at a time
  • You can also simply build a fire to purify the water by boiling it

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About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear which is a blog dedicated to helping people prepare the smart way now so that they can thrive later. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.