Blizzard or Other Natural Disaster – What Do You Do For Water?

Water is essential for life.  We all know that.  But, it is also essential to flush your toilet, do a lot of cooking and cleaning, etc.  And, most water supply systems are powered by electricity.

Having been raised in a rural community, we were taught to always have water on hand. Back then, we just had old milk jugs we filled with water and stuck in the corner.  Of course, now there is bottled water but if you stop to think how much water you might need if the power was off for a couple of days, that would be a lot of water.  I believe the rule of thumb is one gallon per person per day.

That sounds like a lot but if think of all the ways you need water, it really isn’t.  You drink water – supposedly you should drink at least 8 8 ounce glasses per day or 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce for every pound you weigh.  That to me is a lot of water.

You also use it for cleanliness.  Simple things like brushing your teeth and bathing are important.  Of course, in a emergency situation you would probably only do “spot” bathing but it still takes water.

You use it for cooking also.  But, once again in an emergency it would depend on what you were able to cook.  Grilling doesn’t require a lot of water but if you were cooking on a camp stove, it might need water.

The one thing I never considered was flushing the toilet.  I did not realize how much water that takes until we had a big plumbing issue and had to go without water for 3 days while they fixed it.  No big deal I thought, we will just buy a couple gallons of water and be good to go.  We bought a couple gallons and then had to go to the neighbor and fill them up several times.  It seemed like such a waste to buy water just to flush the toilet.

Of course, in a power outage, your neighbors aren’t probably going to have water either. Since then, we have been buying a couple cases of water and replacing it as we drink it. When we know a blizzard or tornado is coming, we fill up the bathtub.  That water wouldn’t be good for drinking but it would flush the toilet many times.

I do have friends that stockpile water in the blue jugs you get for camping.  They are clean, reusable and safe for drinking.

I guess bottom line, it depends on where you live, what natural disasters you might have, how much space you have, etc. as to how much water you might want to keep on hand.

What do you do for water storage?  How much do you keep on hand.

Blizzard Here – Do you have enough food for days like this?

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I know it sounds crazy and I do not want to sound like an alarmist but the weather is getting crazy.  I live in Nebraska so we are used to bad snow storms and tornadoes. Where ever you live, you have your own disasters to look out for…hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, etc.

Do you have a plan in place?

We are lucky  in that most times when we have weather related problems coming, we usually have a warning.  But, even so, there are things every one should do to prepare for any possible problems.

Naturally, food, water and shelter are the most important needs in a disaster.

When it snows here, the days before, the stores get hit hard.  It is like people think they will never be able to buy groceries again.

I try to keep a months food on hand at the bare minimum.  We could probably last at least three months.  It wouldn’t be what we would necessarily want but it would sustain us.   Think of what your family prefers to eat and keep some on hand.  Certain items go on sale at different times of the year and you can stock up.  I know when you are on a budget, it is hard to stock up but an extra can or two a month and it adds up.

You have to also consider the nutritional value of what you have on hand.  Items like cereal bars, nuts, beer jerky are great to have as they require no cooking and usually last a long time. Naturally, you need to make sure that you keep recycling these buy using the oldest ones when you restock.  I am not a big believer is the idea that you HAVE to eat it by the date on the package but I know some people are.

Do you have certain nutritional needs that mean you have to have specific foods?  Some people cannot just eat whatever is available as it might cause major health problems.  If you or someone in your family has special needs, make sure you plan for them.  Do you have an infant that needs formula?  What about a diabetic?

Of course, that brings up the question as to how you are going to cook the food you have if you have no power.  Most of us are very dependent on electricity or gas for cooking and heating.  Stop and think what you would do to cook your food if you have no power.

Some people have fireplaces they could use to heat up their food.  Others have grills.  In our situation, we really have no way to cook things so that is something we need to look into.

Eating cold canned food is not the worst thing that could happen to you but do you have a way to get those cans open if you have no electricity?  It is amazing how dependent we have became on electricity.  It is important to have an old hand can opener available.

.  Since it is snowing like mad here today, that is our only option but if it was a tornado, we might not have that option.  We might have to grab what we could and evacuate.

Think ahead and plan what you would do in such a case.

What disasters happen in your area and are you prepared?