Being Prepared Means Having An Emergency Water Supply
Suggesting an emergency water supply may sound a bit drastic, but think about it – humans can survive for up to three weeks with no food, but without water we will only last a few days.
So obviously the first items you must invest in are quality containers that will hold sufficient drinking water to last you and your family members for up to two weeks. At the very minimum, you should store one gallon per person per day or 14 gallons per family member.
For a family of five, being prepared means you should always have 70 gallons of water on hand.
In our rural area of Central Texas, most of us rely on very deep wells for our household water. These are not those old-fashioned looking wells in the pastoral paintings with a bucket on a rope.
Old-time windmills are making a comeback, but slowly. Most wells are here operated with an electric submersible pump.
And that, of course, requires electricity.
There are times when none is available. Brownouts sometimes occur during the hot summer months. And ice storms, though infrequent, wreak havoc with the electric lines. It can take days to get electric power back on when lines are down across the county.
So, an emergency water supply seems like a pretty good idea.
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