When a storm hits, you can never be too sure of whether you will have power. If you don’t have power, you will soon lose the ability to draw water from its source as well. This will pose a problem for drinking cooking and bathing. Having an emergency water supply is one of the most important things you need to think about.
You may have some emergency food, flashlights and candles stored up in your garage or pantry, but what’s your plan for water? If you just have a few gallons of water tucked aside, you need to reevaluate your plan. A few gallons of water may only last you half a day – and possibly less depending on how many people are in your family.
Some of the major storms that have hit Canada in the past few years have left people without power and a good water source for days – sometimes even a week or longer. If you don’t have a clean, filtered water source, you’re not going to be able to stay hydrated, let alone cook any food. Remember that you don’t want to use all of your gas and oil for boiling water because you don’t know how long all of that has to last you.
There are ways to have a clean water source despite not being able to get it from your own faucet. Instead of buying hundreds of gallons of water, you can buy a special AquaPail. This is a specially designed bucket that will allow you to treat dirty water to kill bacteria and other things. Once the water goes through the bucket, it will be safe enough to drink and cook with.
You have to be practical when it comes to emergency preparedness. Consider the fact that, depending on where you live in Canada, you could be affected by a storm or other disaster that could leave you and your family without power and water for multiple days. Since you only have a limited amount of storage, you need to think of the best ways to achieve each necessity.
A clean water supply is one of the first things that people need, yet the last thing that people think about. If you put it at the top of your list, you’ll be able to make sure that you and your family are taken care of when a tropical storm, hurricane, blizzard or anything else strikes, making it impossible for you to get clean water from your own home. Focus on the number of people in your family and planning for a worst case scenario.