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When storing water for emergency use you need to think about:

How much should I store?

Any good source of information will tell you to calculate your water storage by taking the number of people and multiply it by the number of days to equal the number of gallons to store. Ex: 4 people X 30 days = 120 gallons. However this is a minimum recommendation and only includes water for drinking and sanitation. It does not include water to rehydrate the now-famous ‘just add water’ meals. Most of the freeze-dried meals need between 1 and 4 cups of water to rehydrate before you can eat them. You can also use water as a bartering tool (if needs be). Bottom line: Pad your estimations.

Select an appropriate container

Make sure that you use a container(s) that is appropriate for your plan. For example: A 55 gallon drum may not be very practical if your plan is to eventually bug out. You would need something more portable. An item that I recommend is the 3.5 gallon stackable container by WaterBrick. These are U.S. manufactured and BPA free containers that can interlock as you stack them. By adding a water preserver and storing them in a cool and dark place, the water will last for up to 5 years before you need to rotate the water. You can also add the optional spigot when you need to use water for a convenient dispenser.

Plan “C”

Remember if/when you run out of your stored water, you will need to source more in order to survive. In the event of SHTF, you may need to obtain your water from less-than-credible sources. Make sure that you have a water filtration method ready to go. We will discuss that on a later article.