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When it comes to being prepared, folks in our society forget that only a hundred years ago, almost everybody was into home preparedness as a way of life in some form or fashion.

People had to constantly think about where their next meal and source of hydration were coming from. Actual planning and effort were required to make sure there was enough food and water in the home.

In modern day life, we consider people who store a few extra gallons of water in their home to be crazy. Where did this mindset come from? It came from the fact that we have access to virtually unlimited food from the grocery store and unlimited water from the faucet.

But what if the power goes out for an extended amount of time? What if there is a large-scale natural disaster in your area that makes it difficult to obtain the most basic necessities like water? What if you have children?

Because we’re so dependent on water, it’s a good idea to store a few extra gallons of water for each member of your household. Depending on the individual, the average person in America uses almost 100 gallons of water per day. That’s incredible! Of course, when disaster strikes you might not have access to that much water but it’s a good idea to at least plan on 2-4 gallons of water for each person per day for things like cooking, drinking and personal hygiene.

Here are some ways to ensure your family is properly hydrated, fed and clean when hard times hit:

1. Purchase several inexpensive 1-gallon jugs of water.

Depending on the store, these can be as inexpensive as sixty cents. Name brand water might sell for around one dollar. Keep in mind that with bottled water, there is a shelf life given by the manufacturer so pay attention to that.

2. Purchase water purification equipment.

There are a variety of products on the market no matter what your budget is. Brands like MSR and Life Defender are great for minimalists. For larger applications, the brand Berkey is popular with those who live off grid because it can process multiple gallons of very dirty water and keep that water on the counter ready to drink.

3. Recon water sources in your area.

The next time you go for a drive, scout out the various water sources within walking or biking distance from your home. Then think about what you’ll need to purify that water. Also pay attention to whether livestock or industrial run-off has the potential to negatively affect the quality of that water source. It’s also a good idea to think about how to transport water if you can’t use a vehicle. Don’t forget to think about unconventional means like we mention here.

These are just some ideas. Ultimately, it’s up to you to come up with a plan for your family. You should develop, at minimum, a primary and secondary means to obtain water because you never know when access to clean water will become scarce.

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