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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.

              1. After a few multi-day power outages in recent years, I now keep a half-gallon frozen water bottle in the freezer to serve as a giant ice-cube. If the news warns of likely outages coming, I freeze more containers of water and place some of them in the refrigerator compartment too, plus one in a cooler with some basic foods that will last a few days in a cooler. That way I do not open the fridge or freezer once the grid fails. I always have non-perishable stuff like canned soup and peanut butter on hand, just in case, and several gallons of bottled water for when a main breaks.

                1. We are sure to have some bottled water, protein for us and dog, and we make sure that dog/H have sufficient prescription meds in house.

                  If you're in an area prone to wildfires etc, your best bet, I think would be to have cash on hand or a plan as to where you'd stay if you had to relocate.

                  1. We don't have too much, but we probably should. The water source in our city was tested positive for E.Coli last week. Turns out, we aren't on city water so it didn't affect us, but I was glad that we at least had a few jugs of water leftover from SO's hunting trip last fall, and about a half case of bottled water to use before we found out our water was OK. Made me realize we should probably have more on hand though, because most of the area stores ran out pretty quickly.

                    As for food we have a decently stocked pantry with non-perishables so I wouldn't be too worried there. We also don't live in an area that has issues with getting away to go somewhere else, and we have family a decent, but a day's drive distance away should something happen (most likely in our area is tornado or fire).

                    1. If you want to spend the $$$; COSTCO has a full line of emergency foodstuffs, mostly freeze dried. It is the simplest way to store crisis supplies, as the individual packages are packed in 5 gal. plastic, (food grade) buckets.

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                      1. re: ospreycove

                        Osprey, we live fairly close. For my hurricane preparedness I have 14 gallons of bottled water, pool and hot tub for bathing/ flushing water, over-stocked pantry, large generator w/ a week of fuel, auxiliary AC for my bedroom, extra propane for the grill. And not enough wind to fly a kite in the 7 years since I bought my Florida house. 42 minutes of time on the generator when we had a short power outage during Breakfast at Tiffany's on TCM. Can't miss Audrey Hepburn.

                        1. re: Veggo

                          Count your blessings. Three hits and a near miss with lots of rain in 2004. Over $70,000 in insurance claims. I feel the survival gear is overkill, but as a sergeant once told me, better overkill than underkill.

                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                            I count my blessings and hope for more. I no longer have hurricane insurance. My choice vs. the obscene cost, and no damage in Manatee County in a century.

                      2. Water for sure. What to stock in cases such as an electrical grid outage is a bit of a dilemma. On the one hand, I know I should always have food that wouldn't require preparation and bottled water available. On the other hand, canned goods, peanut butter, crackers etc.. are food that I would not usually eat. I don't usually drink bottled water either. If I keep these in stock all the time and not end up needing them, I would most likely throw them out. It is a waste that is hard to justify.

                        Currently, the Greater Toronto Area is going through a power outage and flood problem due to an unexpected downpour, and there is more rain/storm in the forecast. These types of "emergency" situations can occur at anytime and anywhere. More of a problem since most of us have become so dependent on technology.

                        Any ideas on what one can keep in stock that would also be considered "healthy" food? I usually keep some bottled tuna that I can make tuna salad with.

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                        1. re: Entore

                          Nuts (and nut butters) and beef jerky would be good options.

                        2. I live in earthquake country, and we do have provisions at home, but importantly, in the trunk of the car (we rotate supplies frequently 'cause of the heat in the car). Emergency water, nut butters, well-packaged crackers, wind-up flashlights and radio, spare eyeglasses, etc. The car kit is kept in a backpack, handy if we have to walk a ways.
                          Why I think these emergency provisions will be safe in their stored areas, yet my whole kitchen pantry might not be available is a failure of logic. ;)

                            1. re: ricepad

                              +1 on ammo....LOTS of ammo.....
                              Water & canned food (2 pantries worth) for my kids & cat
                              Camping gear

                            2. Sardines. Best value for the money. I've been collecting them for years. Whenever I'm in a store and I'm buying tuna fish, I get a can or two of sardines. I read on some thread they get better with age. Costco had a nice grouping with olive oil right now.

                              1. We eat everything in the freezer before hurricane season begins. I stock up on canned food, pet food, meds/first aid kit and bottled water a week before a major storm is expected to get here. We are very prepared with a generator, window a/c unit, flashlights, water for flushing, plywood for windows, etc. Unfortunately we have had 20 years of experience so hurricane prep is nothing new. It's like camping at home. The only new aspect will be flooding in my area because they are raising the roads but not improving drainage. This season may be the final one for us in this area. If we flood, I'm rebuilding, selling and leaving.