Water, Water Everywhere? Make Sure You Have Enough Water For Possible SHTF Situations

During these uncertain times it is now doubly important to be prepared in the even of any type of disaster. This can be a natural disaster such as a tornado, blizzard, large scale fire or an earthquake. We could even be the target of a man made disaster such as an EMP or other type of dirty bomb. Any of these situations could potentially cut off the food and water supply for a length of time where it would detrimentally affect your family.

For the sake of this post, I am going to assume that you are able to stay in your home. Unless you absolutely have to bug out, it is my opinion that you are safest in the place that you know best. You are aware of the access roads to and from your home, the area around your home and your neighbors (for better or worse).

The one thing that you are going to have to make sure that you have enough of is water. Remember that the human body is made up of 2/3 water and It is vital for the circulatory system, breathing and just staying alive.

How long can I live without water?

Since water is essential in the short term to be able to survive, you can expect to live three to five days without any water. And please remember, that is under optimal conditions. In regards to the weather,  a lot of this depends on whether it is too hot or cold, how much are you exerting yourself and your overall physical condition.

How much water do I need to drink every day?

In order to survive, you really should be drinking a few liters of water per day. Once again, this depends on the climate and the amount that you are physically exerting yourself. This could mean more water, it could mean less. You also need to make sure that you have enough water for cooking.  

How do I save water?

Let’s look at two scenarios. The first is that whatever the event is, it hasn’t happened yet. Hence the term prepping. When you go shopping each week, buy a few extra gallons or cases of water and store them. In my case, I get water delivered so every month I usually add an extra 15-20 gallons and put them to the side so I have them in case of an emergency. Each person you have with you during a SHTF situation will need a minimum of one gallon per day.

The second scenario is, what if you didn’t prep enough and you don’t have enough water during an emergency? This could be a real issue depending on where you live. Regions that see a great deal of snow during the winter would have that as an advantage both during those winter months and as spring arrives when the snow melts. Here in the northeast, where I live, we do get a great deal of rain and depending on the winter, snow. If you knew you were going to be cut off from buying potable water for a period of time, it would be your responsibility to set up some kind of water trap to save rain water or to melt snow and ice.

This can be done by using a plastic bottle and funnel system or having a large tank outside that captures the water as it falls.

Below is a picture of when my friends and I went on what started out as a three day trip. It started raining late on the first day, so we set up a tarp to capture water for the next day. It worked beautifully. This could easily be done at home.

A tarp filled with rain water that we purified and used during our backpacking trip.

How do I know my water is safe to drink?

You don’t. My rule is if you capture rainfall, treat it as though it is not safe for you and your family to drink. Now, many people say that boiling the water is the best way to prepare it for drinking, but these days camping stores sell different chemical solutions that will purify your water so it is safe. They also have water purifiers such as the Sawyer Squeeze, which I love. You put the water in a pouch that is provided, screw the filter to it and squeeze. The process is quick, easy and with a little time you can have clean, safe drinking water.

As I have said, having clean drinking water is definitely a priority in any emergency situation. Not only is it necessary for survival, but if you don’t properly purify your water you can come down with bugs that will drain your system of even more water.

So, take the time and spend the extra money now to plan ahead and prep for what might come. It’s easier to do it now than when it becomes a situation of life and death.

To Prep Or Not To Prep?

When it became apparent that the pandemic was going to reach our shores, I started doing research on prepping for disasters, natural and man made. After a couple of trips to the store at the beginning of COVID yielded no TP, paper towels or cleaning products, I didn’t necessarily hoard any of those items, but I did begin putting things aside that I might need if the first wave got really bad or we experienced a second wave.

It is now the first week of December and the second wave of COVID is looking bad. In New Mexico they are currently at 105% of capacity in ICU units in hospitals. States are experiencing record level high of positive test results as well as those getting sick. So, we are nine months into the pandemic, and it looks like the hoarding of some items has started again. Shelves that were finally full again with everyday essentials are coming up empty.

I am glad now that over the last several months I have been taking a portion of those essentials and setting them aside fully anticipating another run on these items.

One of the other things that I have invested in since my retirement has been survival food. In the event of strikes or shortages, having this survival food will prevent any issues if the country does experience either of these events.

Although I may never, ever need the survival food, I am at a position in life where being safe is much better than being sorry.

In regards to security, I won’t divulge how I am protecting my family, but needless to say, this is also not an issue at this point. Speaking of security, if you plan on using firearms as a method of defense, I would strongly recommend to you that you take some time to investigate the laws of the state, county and town you live in as to what is an acceptable amount of force if someone is breaking into your home. You certainly don’t want to end up in prison for committing the crime of defending your home. Use the 2nd Amendment to your advantage.

I know that even though where I live in New York is a suburban area, the road I live on is off the beaten path so I could potentially be a target for thieves in the event of a major food shortage or natural disaster. Not that I am inviting anyone to come for an illicit visit, but I wouldn’t suggest it!

With no real end in sight to the difficulties of the last year, I would also suggest to everyone that if you don’t purchase survival food, you buy a little extra every week and start a food bank. This will guarantee that you don’t have to rely on others for food in the even of an emergency, and with winter coming quickly, the possibility of strong and long lasting winter storms here in the Hudson Valley of New York increases with each passing day.

So, a short list of things to put aside to start prepping might include:

  1. Water
  2. Food/Survival (non perishables)
  3. Cleaning products
  4. Ammunition
  5. Sleeping bags/Extra blankets/quilts/warm clothes (this is all based on whether you rely on electricity to power your heating source)
  6. Extra Medicines-prescription and OTC

Of course, while this list is short, but I think it covers many of the immediate short term items that you might need for this time of the year.

While some folks have told me that I am a little crazy for worrying about things that may never happen, we have gone eleven days without electricity during one storm and eight days after another. This doesn’t even include the multiple storms where we didn’t have power for one to three days.

In my view, it is much better to be prepared than have something happen and have nothing!

What do you think? Is it worth the time and effort to have extra for you and your family in times of emergency?

More on prepping in later posts!

The Four Horseman Of New York’s Apocalypse

It is a sad day in our country. I live in New York. I was born here, raised here, educated here and with the exception of the four years that I spent in the Marine Corps, I have continued to live here. I love New York. The hiking, backpacking and camping opportunities are second to none. Culturally, New York City has no equal when it comes to museums, concerts, zoos, restaurants and just general ambiance. It is a place that I used to like to visit. Not anymore.

Unfortunately, my beloved state, although almost always has been a liberal nightmare, is now moving in a direction where it is fast becoming the largest liberal wasteland in the country. Back in the late 70’s when I was starting high school, the city was a dumping ground for all of the human sludge that had nowhere else to go. Drugs, prostitution and crime were rampant throughout the five boroughs. Squeegee guys harassed you almost every stoplight.

Then came Rudy Guiliani. The city actually became a place that people actually wanted to visit. Streets were cleaned, the Bronx became habitable again and those squeegee guys literally disappeared overnight.

But let’s talk about 2018. Now we have de Blasio, Schumer, Cuomo and Gillebrand running New York. Each one is more progressive than the next. As they traipse through the libtard wasteland that is New York, all they do make themselves look foolish. Foolish on so many levels that they are a constant embarrassment to the country and state and will eventually turn New York into California.

Believe me, we are more than halfway there. As time marches on, we may as well put our heads between our legs and kiss our collective asses goodbye. But then again, it’s not like we aren’t already over taxed and treated like children by our politicians anyway.

More on this later…

If you are offended by this post or just don’t like what I have written…I don’t care.