What if?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2010 in Emergency Preparedness, Food Storage, Survival, Water Storage | 0 comments

Much has been said/written about the need for water in an emergency.  Medically we know we are largely made up of water and we will not survive long without it. Most say 72 hours or less. This makes water a crucial component of emergency preparedness.

It is staggering to discover just how much water an average family of four consumes here in the United States. We use approximately 400 gallons of water a day to wash, clean, drink, prepare food, water our lawns/plants/crops, flush, etc. [On average the number is closer to 25 gallons/person/day when we take away farming and industry.] What would happen if we did not have this water or have access to it?

Government emergency preparedness agencies have told us for years to get prepared. It only makes sense given the examples worldwide we have seen and read about: Haiti, China, Philippines, and closer to home, New Orleans, Nashville, and Houston. Consider some man-made disasters and their impact: the stock market, the mortgage industry, unemployment rates.

Being prepared is simple. It is the practice of setting something aside for a “rainy day.”  I believe one reason that only less than ten percent of Americans are adequately prepared is most do not believe a catastrophic event will happen to them or their communities. The “big one” is unimaginable.

But what about the power going out for 24 hours due to an electrical storm? What about your spouse coming home and informing you they were downsized and lost their job? What about small flash flood due to snow melt that contaminates the local water supply? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a little something set aside just in case?

Are you prepared? What would it take for you to buy a 72 hour kit and set some water (we recommend a couple of gallons per day per person) and food aside? Many recommend having enough water for a week; do you have enough water storage containers to handle this? What would it take to get prepared?  Begin today to plan for a possible shortage of resources. If anything happens, you will be grateful you did.  There are numerous resources at your fingertips available to help.  Just ask.

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