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  • Water Storage Solutions



    Water Storage Solutions

    As I've learned more the past year about being prepared for everyday situations as well as emergency situations, I've discovered one area I am sorely lacking in is water storage.

    My efforts in this area have been almost (but not quite) non-existent. So I started with the things that most of us start with. First I purchased bottled water. Next, I moved on to refilling used pop and juice bottles. While this method did expand the water I had available to me, I very quickly became aware that it would take a LOT of individual bottles just for a two week supply of water for one person, let alone a supply for my entire family of 5.

    So, I sat down and worked out a plan. I knew I still needed some form of portable water inside the house, so I started investing in water boxes that held 5 gallons each and came in a kit of five. They were easy to fill, were very sturdy, easily fit on the bottom shelf in my storage room and behind the doors. They are easy to empty and refill every six months so we can always have fresh water at our disposal. The best thing is that just three of the kits supplied more than the recommended amount of water per person per day for a two week supply for my family of 5.

    Having that one small goal taken care of, gave me great peace of mind and allowed me to set further goals for my family's water supply.

    While working on our 72- hour kits and trying to come up with light-weight solutions for the kids packs, I came across some pre-packaged "personal" water boxes. What a perfect solution for the little ones. Since they were just like a juice box, with a straw included, the kids are able to use them all by themselves and in a crisis situation they will be able to be independent and feel more in control.

    I liked this option so much that I have added cases of them to our food storage. We always carry a supply of them in the car and I also put a few in the stroller when we are going on our outings. Since they are closed boxes, they are less likely to spill and lose their water supply.

    Finally, knowing I live in a flood zone, and that our drinking water could easily be compromised, I started looking for solutions to store larger quantities of water. For my family I have found water barrels to be the best solution. They come in several sizes and I am able to store them in different locations in the house. Having the option to store water throughout the house where it would be needed the most was a key reason for choosing the smaller barrels over one of the options that would store hundreds of gallons of water in one place.

    Having so many options for the water our family may need in any situation helps me feel so much better prepared to face whatever challenges may come our way.

    --Tammy, Utah

  • Water Challenge: One Gallon of Water for One Day

    Similar to other emergency drills practiced for earthquakes, fires, and tornadoes, this drill is intended to familiarize your family with a difficult situation. They may also become more confident and prepared to deal with other challenges that could arise. Use wisdom and caution when trying out this challenge. Keep members of your family well hydrated and it will be a good experience for everyone.

    The Challenge

    Consider living at least 24 hours with only one gallon of stored water per family member per day. For example: a family of four would need to live off of 4 gallons of water for a 24 hour period.

    You may be thinking this will be easy. Anyone can go without cooking or extensive cleaning for 24 hours. You can expect that your children will have no problem drinking less than a gallon of water per day. However, consider average water usage in non-emergency situations. (Pic)

    Water Challenge: One Gallon of Water for One Day

    When you begin to consider sanitation, cooking, and washing clothes you'll notice that one gallon of water is an absolute minimum.

    After completing this challenge you may want to take some time to evaluate what occurred and re-evaluate your family's preparedness plans. Were the proper tools available to cope with limited water use? Would one gallon of water per person per day be sufficient for your family? Most recommendations are for 2-5 gallons of water per person per day in an emergency. Spend some time discussing the results with your family and adjust your plans accordingly.



  • Feeling Burned? Try BurnFree


    Since burns are common injuries both at home and during emergencies, it is important to be familiar with proper first aid treatment of all types of burn injuries. BurnFree can be used at home to treat burns, ease pain, and can even help sunburns.

    BurnFree contains a unique combination of water and natural plant extracts. The active ingredient is melaleuca alternifolia. This ingredient has been found to help cure burns and disinfect small wounds. Since BurnFree is a complex natural mixture of organic compounds had has been proven to have effective germicide properties, it can be used on or around mucous membranes and on broken skin. If a wound has blistered, or occurred with an invasive wound such as a scrape or impalement, you can still treat the burn with BurnFree gel and not cause serious infection problems to the open wound.

    Unlike gauze pads which can shed threads or fibers that may adhere to the wound as it heals, premedicated BurnFree dressings will not shed and will conform easily to the injured area for less restricted movement and added comfort.

    BurnFree provides immediate results and can be used to reduce pain and trauma from wounds caused by fire, flames, chemicals, electrical burns, as well as phosphorous and magnesium. The dressings are strong enough for injuries caused during industrial accidents but remain safe for home use. BurnFree can be a real lifesaver for everyday emergencies such as a burned finger while cooking or a burned brow from a hot curling iron.

    "I am very impressed with BurnFree. Having a good friend that works in the County Hospital "Burn Unit" I was able to talk to her and ask her opinion on this product.. She had only good things to say about this gel. She said that they use it often, and that it really seemed to help those that needed the use of it. So I ordered it and put it in the First Aid Kit just to have. We have had to use it on a Sunburn and on a burn from a soldering iron. It really does do the trick of easing the pain fast and stopping the burn. Those that may question this product, you will never be sorry if you do purchase this. I keep one bottle close at hand now. Thank you for offering this to us at a low cost. It is so worth it."
    -- Patsy, AZ

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