When we talk of emergency preparations, we think of food and gear and all those other things that will make our lives feel as normal as possible (three cheers for the portable Bluetooth speakers!).
However, there is one resource that you will want to secure as soon as you find yourself in an emergency situation. That resource is water. According to The Organic Prepper, there is a “Rule of Three” that applies to survival. The Rule of Three reminds you that you can survive with:
- Three minutes without air.
- Three days without water.
- Three weeks without food.
So, the first step is to check your breathing. Still good? Great.
Now make sure you have water. I find it interesting that, although we as humans can last about three weeks without food, we can only last three days without water. Why, then, do we sometimes forget about this all-important fluid? We worry about filling our basement with emergency food storage (which is awesome, by the way), but we might look over our water storage preparations (which isn’t as awesome).
In truth, your emergency water storage and preparations should be the first thing you start with. Water is an essential part of any emergency plan. Here are three reasons why water is a great idea for your emergency preparations.
Ready.gov recommends keeping at least one gallon per day per person in order to stay sufficiently hydrated. After all, your body is made up of about 60% water, so when an emergency happens, you’ll want to keep it nice and healthy in order to perform the necessary tasks involved with surviving.
That being said, children, nursing mothers, and sick people may need more water.
Don’t forget pets, either. Just like humans, they need to stay hydrated, too. Just as you wouldn’t take your pet goldfish out of its bowl and expect it to survive, you wouldn’t evacuate with your cat or dog and expect them to do well without the necessary water.
I already mentioned that you should have at least one gallon of water per day per person, but did you note the “at least” part? You should have at least that much, because that’s what you need for hydration and light sanitation.
If you intend to stay hygienic as well (which we all hope you do), you’re going to want more water than just a gallon. Practical Preppers consultant Scott Hunt suggests having an extra four gallons of water for personal hygiene.
3. Health and Well-Being
When we become dehydrated, our body tries to warn us that we need to drink more water by giving us warning signs in the form of discomfort: headache, irritability, dizziness, weakness, disorientation, thirst, dry skin, and lethargy.
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, chances are your body is screaming at you to drink more water. Drinking plenty of water can also improve your skin complexion, so there’s that, too.
While it’s good to be prepared with food and gear, water should be your first priority. Without it, you’ll be in a heap of trouble. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be difficult to begin stocking up with water. Start with a liter here and a gallon there. Make sure you keep your water in food-grade, plastic containers. Milk cartons aren’t the best idea because the proteins can’t be removed effectively enough. Two-liter pop bottles, however, would be a good place to start. Check out our water storage options for other ideas. Go out and start preparing today!
How do you store your water? Let us know why water is important to you in the comments below!
Femi Louis Ogumah
Water goes a long way and it is medicinal as well. Thank you wonderful post.
Femi you’re correct, water is a necessity. Thank you for your comment.
Under number 3 the last sentence says, "Drinking plenty of water can also improve skin completion… " (?) I believe you are missing a letter in the last word. Perhaps you meant “complection”, or the more common spelling “complexion”?
I drink between 64-74 oz of water per day which I have distilled in my home. When I travel (by car)) I stock up. I get upper leg cramps if I don’t drink enough water.
You shouldn’t store water in containers that previously housed milk or juice. But other plastic containers such as pop bottles are a good option. When filling with tap water, you don’t need any extra filtration. If it’s good to drink from the faucet, it’s good to store. Water can also store indefinitely, however it can have a flat taste, just because it’s been sitting for so long. To remedy that, one option is to pour it from container to container a few times to get that oxygen back in it. Or add drink mix. That always makes it taste better :) But as far as shelf life goes, as long as your container is sealed properly and not in direct sunlight, it should be good to go for a very long time.
I have a few questions about water storage. First, are plastic juice containers ok to use to stockpile water? If so, when filling with tap water, is there a shelf life we should be aware of? If using tap water, should it be filtered or anything before storing? I’m new to the whole prepper world, so I’m trying to learn. Any help is greatly appreciated.
I always hate throwing out those big apple juice containers and the nice containers I buy Lipton and Arizona green tea in! I would love to find a way to put them to good use.