W A T E R  is our most important (keep reading as to why) commodity in our food storage plan!

Read below why and who needs more water than our suggested
1 gallon per person allotment.



Take special note of these subtopics:
*Subtopic "Filter and Purify" .......is essential reading in order to understand micron ratings and to guide us in determining which filter/purifying system to buy!

*To make a family water plan, read "What Method to Use When" with its subtopic "Drinking from Water Source" and then see the subtopic after that called "Our WATER Plan".
"Our Water Plan" is a summary of these 2 subtopics to guide us in making this important plan!

*Actually, this whole WATER topic is a must read for our complete understanding and preparation!

This complete WATER topic is the very first place to start in our food storage preparation.
We may have an impressive storage of food,
but WITHOUT WATER, we won't be alive long to enjoy it!

We can last on average about 2-3 weeks without food, but "only 3 days" without water!



Consider this TRUE STORY to encourage us NOT TO WAIT until the last minute to store our water...

In early 2014, a chemical spill in West Virginia left about 300,000 people unable to use their tap water for virtually anything! The chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, which is used in the coal industry, leaked into the Elk River from a processing plant. From there, it worked its way into city water systems.

Within 1 HOUR of the spill's announcement, there wasn't a bottle of water nor bag of ice to be had anywhere in the area.



Water is the absolute most important storage item,

yet for whatever reason is often neglected!!


1 gallon of water weighs 8.34 lbs

It is wise to plan for a 14 day supply of water, but once we have that, store more!
The normal amount recommended is ......

1 gallon per person per day AT LEAST!
1/2 gallon for drinking and 1/2 gallon for teeth brushing, face washing and other personal hygiene needs, cooking, cleaning.

A normally active person needs to drink at least 8 cups of water each day.
We will most likely become "more" active in an emergency situation!

CHILDREN will need more than this allotment of water per day.
A standard rule of thumb is to plan on 1 quart of water per 50 lbs of body weight -- this is for drinking only.
Double this amount for the total amount needed per person per day.

Don't forget our
pets too! Cats and dogs typically need 1 gallon for 3 days, each pet!
pregnant women and people who are sick AND those living in hot climates
will require more water!
(from www.emergency.cdc.gov)



Why is WATER so important and vital?

It helps keep our body temperature constant at about 98.6 degrees F.
It transports nutrients and oxygen to all cells.
It carries waste products away and eliminates toxins.
It aids in digestion and circulation, maintaining blood volume.
It helps lubricate joints and body tissues such as those in the mouth, eyes and nose.



NOTE: take a look at www.rei.com for some interesting reading on all aspects of survival.

Click "Camp and Hike" and then see "Water Bottles and Treatment" for some great items and information.








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