Top 5 Tips For Emergency Water
by Wayne Bennett
There is a lot of
misinformation out there when it comes to emergency water storage. Such as, how do I store it? What
are the safe methods to store long-term emergency water? And of course, how much emergency water
should my family store?
1. So how
much is enough? Whether storing for earthquakes, floods, etc. store at least one gallon per person
per day for at least 7 days. I would suggest 3 weeks. Don't forget you are going to need water for
not only drinking, food preparation, sanitation and first aid. Hand washing will become very
important in a disaster to cut the risk of disease and infection. You can't have too much
2. How you
store your water is critical for water safety. If you buy your water at the grocery store in
plastic one gallon containers, you must realize that the plastic container is made of permeable
plastic. It breathes, which means that bacteria and other contaminants can enter the container
affecting water safety. They are not designed for long-term storage. Do not store these containers
in the garage or on the concrete because the concrete along with exhaust, pesticides, paints,
solvents, etc can leach into the water supply.
3. Do not
store your water in old bleach bottles. When the bleach residue is mixed with tap water it will
release harmful contaminants from the plastic bottles into your drinking water. The plastic bottles
used with bleach were never intended for water storage or human consumption.
4. Never add
bleach to your water storage, it does nothing to extend shelf life and only contaminates your
water. The EPA website lists bleach as a pesticide. Bleach can contain mercury and arsenic. There
are dozens of websites that recommend its use for purification. I believe it should only be used as
a last resort form of water treatment when you have no other way to make your water safe. A
preferred and safer method would be to use a product called "Water Purification Tablets", these
iodine based tablets kill bacteria and microorganisms. One tablet per quart for clear water, two
tablets for dirty water. And of course, you can always boil water at a roll for at least five
minutes to purify if you have the ability.
untreated water in the wrong containers with the addition of heat and light can lead to growing
bacteria to levels that could lead to dysentery. This could in occur three to twelve months
depending on how and where they are stored. Hot garage vs cool dark closet. Don't forget, if you
live in earthquake country, don't store your supplies in the weakest part of the house, the garage.
Garages only have 3 walls (garage doors do not provide structural support) and those large openings
become the weak link in your home.
So what is the safe and
correct way to store emergency water long-term? The best method is to use a product called "Water
Preserver". This product is EPA approved for the storage of long-term emergency water. because of
its potency it kills all the bacteria in the water and the inside of the barrel leaving you with
sterile water for 5 years. The Water Preserver must be used in combination with containers that are
not clear and have caps that are airtight. These containers should be made of a safe plastic
intended for long-term storage.
Bennett is a twenty six year fire captain in
southern California. He is also the owner of Survival Skills & Co. a business specializing in
Disaster Response training for Schools and Businesses. He has trained over 30,000 persons since
1991 how to save lives in his one day "Disaster Survival Skills" workshops. His company also
provides realistic kits and supplies for disaster preparedness. His company also provides SEMS
& NIMS training, CPR & First Aid classes.
He is a FEMA CERT instructor,
American Heart Assoc. Instructor, National Safety Council training center. His training includes
Urban Search and Rescue training, Swift water rescue, Ice rescue, High/low angle rope rescue, CSTI
earthquake management, etc. Visit his website at http://www.disastersurvivalskills.com
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