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Prepared #1 – Storing Water – Fundamentals (Preparedness Series)

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Rick: Hi, this is Rick, welcome to my new mini series of videos all about various suspects of preparedness. Today I’m gonna talk about one of the most important aspects – water.

Intro: When crisis strike, they often arrive unexpected like a thief in the night. There is usually no time to prepare or make plans. People caught unawares, become victims and find themselves having to rely on others to survive. This is a series of videos introducing people to the concept of preparedness and planning ahead, in order to protect themselves and their loved ones in times of crisis our disasters.

Rick: Water – It’s pretty important stuff, let’s be honest about it. Humans cannot live for more than three days without water, so it’s very, very important to us. Now over here in the western world, we’re pretty lucky, we go to tap turn it on out goes water, if you’re thirsty, all you do is put the coup under it and you drink it. No problem, never been an issue, haven’t really had to give it much thought.
Well I’m asking you to give it a really bit of thought now.

What would happened if, or what will you do, if you go to the tap one day and the water didn’t come out? Well the thing is if you haven’t planned ahead and you haven’t made any contingency plans then you’re gonna be in lots of trouble. So, the answer is very simple, you make contingency plans now!

So what you do? Okay, well your first option is you can just physically go and buy bottles of water. This, in England, a bottle of 2 liter , a bottle of water, which is I think it’s just over a half a gallon, will cost about 12 pence, is nothing. You can literally; you can by a whole case of 20-40 four just a little over 2 pounds. What is recommended, the recommended quantitative is that you store 1 gallon per person per day, so a good place to start would be let’s say your basic 72 hour preparedness kits. Okay, 72 hours, 1 gallon per person, 72 hours is 3 days? So you need 3 gallon if you’re on your own, 6 gallons if there’s two of you, 12 gallons if there’s four of you and a gallon, if you’re living in England, is, let me look it up, got a little thing here, a gallon is 3.78 liters, so basically 2 of these will completely cover you 2 the 2 liters bottles per person per day.

That’s a good target range to aim for. Now if don’t wanna go out and spend money on this, you don’t need to, okay? All you need to do is get hold of some empty soda bottles, you know, fizzy drinks, Coke bottles, things like that. Obviously the bigger the better. Clean them out, fill them with tap water and put them away and job done, hasn’t cost you anything, you know, you go around your neighbors on recycling day, or there’s a lots of places you can get this bottles from. Ask people to put them aside for you if you know they drink a lot of pop and things like that.

Word of, say warning, what you need to be aware is these types of bottles do start to break down after about 2 years and after that, over time they start leach chemicals and things in to the water. So the best advice for water straight out of the tap, you don’t need to add anything to it, you literally you just take it out of the tap, put it in a bottle and store away. Six months later give the bottle a wash out, refill it with fresh water and you can do that 4 times and once the bottles have hit about 2 years, your wanna check them away and start again, get new fresh bottles because like I say, after 2 years they start breaking down and they will start leaching chemicals in to the water.

So is always a good idea to get bottles that haven’t been thrown up for very long if you see what I mean. So anyways, all sorts of shapes and sizes you can get, these are all, like I say, these are all second hand used bottles. This one has ginger beer in it, this one actually had a soda water in it. Fill it with hot water, store it away and don’t forget two, basically two of these – that’s what your wanna store per person per day and this is 4 liters, that’s more then you need.

Now another type of container you can use, a bigger container like this, this is a 25 liter drum. It’s not drum, is a Jerry can, but the most important thing, doesn’t matter what containers you use, you most make sure when you storing water, that these are food safe. The reason they are food safe is because they don’t leach chemical in to the water while is been stored there.

Now obviously storing water is gonna take a quite a lot of space and this is something that you need to take in the consideration, especially if you have a large family and you’re storing for sort of a lot of time. Now, one the ways you can get around this is by having a, or securing, a supply of water that sort of comes to you, rather than storing it up. I mean, stored water, will get you through on the short term in a emergency, but at some point, if it turns into a long term situation you’ll still gonna need water.

Have a good look at this video footage. Now this is a system that I’ve got rigged up and what is doing it is actually collecting rain water. Now, a lot of people have water but they comes of the top sheds, or off their conservatories, in this particular case coming of the roof for the conservatory, but the important thing here is take a note of the water butt, the red water butt which is what’s collecting it the one with the top on it, that is a food safe or food grade barrel.

That’s really, really important, I mean you can go out and by a water box specifically for your garden. Quite often they are a green color and it’s all very well but again you’ve got the problem of “This is not food grade plastic”, and what’s gonna happened is it’s going to leach chemicals in to your water and then you really don’t wanna been drinking that.

Now this setup I’ve got here is a, it’s just the start. What I hope to do I actually add a second and maybe even a third barrel which is gonna be made of the food grade plastic and what happens is one fill’s up and the soon is reaches the top it all end stop feeding in to the next one like is doing now, with a little green barrel.

Now obviously whenever it rains, the barrel is gonna be topped up and, I’m not saying straight away you’re gonna drink the rain water but that’s a very fairly clean source of water that you gonna be able to tap into – no pun intended and all you need to do is purify that water and you got something to drink.

Now, I’m not gonna go in to how to purify water in this video, I’m gonna cover that in a future video, but I will mention next time you’re in a supermarket go get a bottle of this stuff. This is a sterilizing fluid, it’s used for baby bottles and pacifiers and dummies and things like that and you can use just a few drops of this in your bottles to actually sterilize the water, like I sad I’ll cover that in a future video.

So hopefully this video is put across the message that water, storing water is massively important. If you don’t have access to water, then no amount of preparations and food storage and things like that it’s gonna be any use to you whatsoever. Water is absolutely a priority. I hope I’ve show you something here in this video that you can take away and work with. If you need further information, just go to Google type in, you know, “emergency water supplies”, keywords like that and you will find plenty of information. So thanks for watching, I hope this video was useful to someone and I will see you in the next episode.

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