Monday, April 16, 2012

Water Needs...

Putting it away

During your last briefing I gave some examples of what you might encounter during a disaster. the possibility to lose access to potable water and the need to purify non-potable water. Given examples were small packable units for individual or small group use. there are larger units available that will serve larger groups, once again the Sarge emphasizes KEEP IT SIMPLE!! You might only have what you can carry, Right?

Enough said on water treatment, lets move on to water storage. There are multiple large containers available from 1000 gallon cisterns, 55 gal. drums, etc. A couple water bricks ( each holds 3.5 gallons) stored in your vehicle, a couple in your closets, or under a bed next thing you know you have plenty of potable water in easy to manage containers!
We don't realize how much water we use each day for cooking, washing, flushing, and drinking. The U.S.G.S. lists individual use per day averages somewhere at 135 gals. Emergency consumption varies depending on climate, activity and age. Most studies say 2 qt. per day just for drinking.

Sarge recommends you do an audit of your own daily use then you will have a better idea of where to start.

Personal hydration bladders are a must!!! 2qt. are great they can easily fit into day packs or most come with their own. choice depends on personal preference. The filters in my previous post are both compatible with most units. Keeping informed is essential! Whether  you stay or leave your location in order to have access and save water is dependent on the conditions you may encounter such as drought, flood, contamination, etc.

The Sarge can't say it enough BE PREPARED!!!

                                                  More to follow, The Sarge is on duty!

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