10 Methods for Gathering Emergency Water

upside down umbrella in rain to collect rainwater

Hardly anyone that has any amount of prepping experience needs to be told now how important water is in a survival situation. Water is absolutely critical to survival, and a few days without enough water can easily kill or incapacitate. This is one of those survival necessities that just won’t wait. However, the need for … Read more

Amount of Bleach to Put in Water for Purification?

Bleach is a precious and versatile survival commodity, but unfortunately one that is often overlooked in prepper stockpiles. Aside from its disinfecting, germ-fighting power for cleaning, we can also use bleach to reliably disinfect and he found water supplies that may be questionable. Pure, unadulterated bleach will reliably vanquish all sorts of bacteria and viruses … Read more

So, Can Water Filters Remove Viruses?

chemical water filter

Maintaining access to drinkable water is a major survival imperative. One of the very best ways that preppers can ensure they will always be able to furnish themselves and others clean water is by carrying and using a portable water filtration device. These ingenious, compact filters remove nearly every contaminant that might be found in … Read more

How to Purify Water with Bleach

adding bleach to water using a dropper

It is common to find bleach in abundance within the stashes and caches of preppers all over the globe. This is because bleach is something of a chemical multi-tool, just as handy as sanitizing surfaces and tools as it is for helping to keep human waste concerns under control. Bleach can do it all! Perhaps … Read more

What is the Shelf Life of Bottled Water?

Water is an absolutely essential survival provision, typically to be used for both drinking and cooking, since you cannot go more than just a few days without it before dying of dehydration, and you will be in bad shape significantly before then. While some may rely on large storage barrels or tanks, most of us … Read more

How to Store Bleach and How to Use It to Purify Water

by Teresa The use of chlorine to disinfect water as well as to maintain hygiene in various ways is well-known. For consumers, there are primarily two common types of active chlorine that are used for cleaning purposes: sodium hypochlorite and calcium hypochlorite. Sodium hypochlorite, commonly known as bleach, is typically used for laundry, cleaning materials … Read more

Berkey Sport Bottle Review

One item that in the past I was severely lacking was water purification. Due to the expense for water purifying equipment – I relied on having the ability to boil water, add bleach, as well as store extra. Directive21 recently sent me a Berkey Sport Bottle which I absolutely love.  It is constructed very much like … Read more

On Rainwater Harvesting

Our Texas ranch was blessed by the Ogalalla aquifer. Anywhere we drilled to 400 feet, water was found. Windmills and electric pumps provided ample and cheap water. Those of you who read my scribbles know that my family relocated from Texas recently. One of the places we purchased was on a rural water system. This … Read more

Product Evaluation: Powdered Gatorade

  By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)               Recently I took my grandsons on a weeklong camping trip. We were going to be camping in a tent, in central Mississippi during the month of June. The weather forecast said that the temperature would be in the mid 90 degree range with 70 to 90 percent humidity … Read more

Do you need Potable Water stored?

  I was speaking to a person I recently met while shopping at an outdoor equipment store.  During our conversation the topic turned to storing food and water at home in case of an emergency.  This person I was speaking with made the following statement. “I can maybe understand storing some type of food for … Read more

Water filtration on a “string”

Here is a very inexpensive water filter experiment I conducted over the past weekend.  I was taught this method while serving in the military several years ago and remember it being one of the easiest and most simple methods I know of.  All you need for this is two containers and a 1 foot piece … Read more

Review of The Lifestraw

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 … Read more

Water filtration……..

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 … Read more

AQUAMIRA Frontier Water Filter Straw Review

I have several methods for making suspect water safe at home as well as while traveling. One of the most inexpensive methods incorporated in my system is the Aquamira water filter straw. I received this water filter from SurvivalGearBags.com who carry the Aquamira as well as many other survival and preparedness supplies. Why the Frontier? … Read more

Water isn’t just for drinking…

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 … Read more

Emergency Water: Sources, Collection, Storage, Stockpiling

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 … Read more