For those new to preparedness the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website might be a first stop in their quest to get information. There are actually some good materials there.
One downloadable file provided is the PDF called “Food and Water in an Emergency“. In this 15 page document the basics of disaster preparedness are covered fairly well. Of course subjects such as firearms and personal defense are not covered but the foundations of survival are – food and water. The creation of a disaster survival kit is also discussed with a decent content list.
If every citizen read and
Continue reading FEMA – Emergency Food and Water in an Emergency
Below is an update from Warren who has documented the water contamination issues in West Virginia.
Officially, all of the water has been cleared and most people are once again bathing and cleaning with it, me included. A lot are not drinking it yet however. I suspect that will go on for a long time. The water company president drank a big glassful on tv the other night to prove it is ok but the Governor said he wasn’t going to say it was safe…that’s not his call. A lot of people are pissed at the Governor for saying that
Continue reading Update on West Virginia water contamination problems
Recently I had “Warren” leave a comment regarding the West Virginia water contamination situation. Realizing that he was smack dab in the middle of the event I reached out to him with some questions and a request to share his experience with ModernSurvivalOnline.com readers.
Here is a first hand account from Warren in West Virginia:
I’ll answer your questions as best I can…
How did you handle washing clothes? We were lucky to know of a laundry mat just outside the impacted area. It is near a farm we own. The farm is our retreat if you will so we
Continue reading First hand account from the West Virginia contaminated zone……
There has been a developing crisis in West Virginia effecting over 300,000 people across nine counties. Currently the State of West Virginia has declared a state of emergency in these areas due to severe water contamination. Citizens can no longer use tap water to drink, bathe, wash, or cook with.
Grocery stores have had a run on all bottled water sources and shelves emptied out. Tanks of potable(drinkable) have been being brought in to assist. As you can imagine life has changed dramatically for these residents. Numerous businesses have had to shut down as well.
Continue reading West Virginia water contamination….are you ready?
I live in the Southeast and we have gotten a tremendous amount of rain. I looked out my kitchen window and saw an umbrella sitting there in the rain – “BINGO!”
I stuck the umbrella upside down on top of a Home Depot bucket. The simple idea here is to use the surface area of the umbrella to capture falling rain – and allow it to drain into the bucket.
It worked fantastic. I had a particularly heavy ran and the bucket filled close to half-way (2.5 gallons). The water did pool quite a bit in the
Continue reading Method for gathering water…….
This is the third installment of a monthly series called “Call to Action”. Call to Action (CTA) is a monthly reminder to review one part of your prep’s and strengthen it.
Water is taken for granted in many countries – but especially in the United States. Most all have crystal clear water at the turn of a knob or the twist of a bottle cap. Just imagine if the water stops flowing and the ability to grab a bottle of water ceases. Massive panic would set in and engulf populations quickly. Sanitation would quickly become dangerously poor and the ability to irrigate even a small garden
Continue reading Call to Action: July ’13 – Water
I have numerous methods of making water safe for drinking. One that I had always heard of but had never tried until recently was the LifeStraw. The LifeStraw is an ultra-portable water filter that you use just like a straw. Place the straw in the suspect water – and as you suck it through the unit the water is filtered.
The LifeStraw has been used all of the world by those desperate for life sustaining water – but no clean water source available. The LifeStraw was designed to be used under the most extreme conditions and purify water which
Continue reading Review and Giveaway: The Lifestraw
I have been spending some time going through my preparedness supplies, evaluating strengths and weakness, and getting more organized. Throughout my time doing this I came to a conclusion – I really need to focus on essentials. Yeah, I know….a real miraculous discovery, heh?
As I prep for what would be considered a “long-term” crisis, basics such as water will be incredibly important. Although discussed often – how many of us can really say we can go without modern piped-in water for 3 months? How about 6 months? A year? 3 months worth of water for a family of four is a
Continue reading Water filtration……..
“Water, water everywhere - not a drop to drink.”
That is a famous saying and when it comes to preparedness, water is certainly on the top 5 list for most of us when it comes to our preps. The thing is – I think most of us tend to “underplan” our water contingencies. We will go out and spend literally thousands of dollars on firearms, magazines, scopes, red dots, and ammunition - and then go buy a few cases of water along with a backpacking water filter.
Why do many of us do this? Lets lay the cards out on the table and admit
Continue reading YouTube Video and a few thoughts on water…….
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Water Off the Grid
When I was a little girl we used to go visit my great-grandfather, Harry, on his farm in Trout Valley. We would carry buckets of water from the fresh water spring that bubbled out of the base of the bluff in the pasture to the house for drinking and cooking. But my grandmother, Marge, would tell us of a time, when she was a young girl, on the farm when the boom of the ram water pump would lull her to sleep. A time when there was no need to carry water and the spring was fenced off
Continue reading Guest Post: Water Off the Grid
There is so much information and discussion out there on water filtering and purifying. From Berkey’s to Brita’s, to Clorox and boiling – it is an active topic with a lot angles. What I do not see are a lot of discussions on water’s other uses beyond drinking.
Here are a few uses for water -
cooking (yes – I know that is still consumption) washing clothes washing ourselves sanitizing cleaning cooling plants/animals fighting fires
Depending on the source considered most people use an average of 140 – 200 gallons per day. In a grid down/SHTF situation
Continue reading Water isn’t just for drinking……
[Guest Post courtesy of Dr. Bones from http://www.doomandbloom.net - Rourke]
Hey Prepper Nation,
It’s just makes common sense that there will be sanitation issues in a major disaster or collapse situation. Any water source that has not been sterilized or any food that hasn’t been properly cleaned and cooked will be an opportunity for pathogens to start their damage. As a community medic and chief sanitation officer, your duty will be to assure that water is clean and that food is prepared properly. It will be an important part of your strategy to prevent disease, and this ounce of prevention will
Continue reading Guest Post: Emergency Sanitation Basics – Food and Water
SouthernPrepper1 recently released this video. He talks with common sense and discusses a lifestyle that the vast majority of people today just are not prepared to live.
A couple thoughts:
- People that think there will be plenty of time to do anything or nothing in a WROL situation because there is no “work” need to think about it. Think about a garden which is providing food and nutrients for your family. A lot of time will be spent weeding, keeping pests at bay, and looking over it as it will be a critical component of survival.
- David mentions capturing water
Continue reading Preparedness Video – Save a lot of work in WROL situation
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As I mentioned – the types of water storage tanks carried are numerous. Here are a few examples:
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This is one of SouthernPrepper1′s latest video’s where he updates viewers on a few thoughts about the Middle East, what he does for as living, and some projects he and partner Scott are working on.
Take care all -
Water (H20) is the main constituent of the body, making up 70-75% of the body’s total composition. It has many functions within the body, including maintenance of the body’s core temperature, helping in digestion (fats and proteins primarily), cushioning / lubricating organs and joints, transporting nutrients, and flushing toxins. The primary biochemical pathways that occur in the cells take place in a water-based medium and involve water as some of the co-factors to even run their course. Water is not only necessary, it is VITAL to all life!
The body loses water everyday via
Continue reading Guest Post: Water, the Key Nutrient
I am very pleased to announce that MSOnline has a new sponsor – American Tank Company.
American Tank Company carries a simply amazing selection of methods to store water. Anyone reading this blog most likely knows the critical need for water in a survival situation. The ability to have stored water in bulk could make a huge difference in many situations.
As I mentioned – the types of water storage tanks carried are numerous. Here are a few examples:
Plastic water storage tanks Rainwater collection Underground water
Continue reading Welcome WaterTanks.com………..