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Jul 8, 2013 10:55 AM

Stocked emergency foods and water system

As we know we're at the risk at anytime of a natural disaster, hurricane,tornadoes,wild fires etc.not to mention the electrical grid failing .Those who are preparing how so ? My priority would be with water purification systems that I can bring with me if I have to move. Thanks next of course is food .

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  1. When we had a well, I liked to have jugs of water for drinking or flushing in case we lost electricity. The well pump was electric.

    It is nice to have a stocked pantry if you can't get out and the electricity is off for a day or two. But I've never had that exact experience.

    I honestly have never considered gathering supplies in order to flee. But I don't live in an area prone to wildfires.

    1. When we lived in an area where wildfires where a concern, we had a plastic bin with peanut butter, tuna, crackers, and energy bars, plus a second bin with dog and cat food, soap, TP, and a first aid kit. Plus about 10 gallons of water (in gallon sizes). We would try to rotate the food out every 6 months or so (it was all food we normally ate). Now I just have a well stocked pantry and about 10 gallons of water.

      1. I have gravity flow water barrels hooked together for rain gathering on my barn. Always have fresh water.

        I have emergency plastic tubs, one for medical, one for survival, one for communication, one for comfort, one for sanitation, then I have a stocked pantry that I rotate food from. I have pounds of rice and beans and a stocked pantry of foods. Given that I have a green house, chickens, wood, wood stoves, guns and wine collection....I am not too worried about emergencies :) friends welcome.

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        1. re: sedimental

          You sound like my brother. After the revolution, can I come over?

          1. re: Bkeats

            Ha! My state promotes preparedness for "the big one"....earthquake. It happens. I have been through several good sized ones. My preparedness is geared for quake.

            Preparing for earthquake includes electrical disruption, medical, transportation, and unsafe buildings. There are only three months in the summer here -where generating heat would not be necessary. We just had a bridge collapse a few weeks ago by a big truck hitting it, imagine what a decent sized earthquake would do. I am surrounded by water and I think all the bridges would collapse.

            It is also pretty easy to reasonably prepare to help yourself. Plastic, sealed containers in a few different spots....and collect lots of alcohol for a variety of uses ;)

        2. Where do you expect to go that you would need a water purification system? Off to the woods? I used to go back country camping and I would carry one of those hand pump filtration systems. It was used whenever we found a stream or pond but otherwise I also had to carry water as there was no guaranty I would find water. Would be more practical to have fresh water stored.

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          1. re: Bkeats

            If the water is out (due to earthquake or prolonged power outage) backyard pools are a big source of water in a lot of communities.

            1. re: firecooked

              Unless you live somewhere where pretty much nobody has a pool :)

          2. My part of Florida has been hit by hurricanes, wild fires, and tornados, so we are pretty good at being ready.

            You are at most 2 days away from clean water after a disaster in most of North America. NOLA has always struck me as being from another planet. In a great way for food. Lousy at emergency response.

            You need 2 liters per person per day for drinking. Have a 2 or 5 gallon plastic container with spout so you can get plenty of water from the trucks and you can refill your 2 liter soda bottles.

            The average pantry has plenty of canned goods to keep you going until you get to a shelter, or the power is turned on. You need a manual can opener. If caught with a full freezer and no electric, time to BBQ. Make sure the propane bottle is full. Make sure the tank in the car is full.

            My propane burner was a huge hit on our street when we went 3 weeks without power as we were at the end of the grid. Everybody brought their own 20 lb. bottle.