Water is the building block of all life on Earth. Without it, we can only survive a few days. That’s why it’s so important to have emergency water stored up in case of a disaster or SHTF scenario.
Gaye Levy at Backdoor Survival has written a four-part guide on emergency water for preppers. Check out the previous installments:
Emergency Water Part 4: Resources
For the past month or so, the focus has been emergency water, that most vital but often underappreciated prep.
During this time, I have highlighted various aspects of water preparedness, including storage, acquisition, and purification. These recent articles, coupled with those that have been posted in the past, bring to you a wealth of knowledge that will enable you to be water-prepped, regardless of where you live and the size of your budget.
And that, in a nutshell, is the point. The internet is a wonderful place, and there is a wealth of knowledge available free for the taking. Sure, some questionable websites are posting bad information, but overall, you will find a treasure trove of free, credible resources that will help ensure that the water you drink following a disaster or disruptive event is safe.
Today I want to help jump start your quest for free information about emergency water. These are articles from websites I trust. These are resources you need to know about in your quest for emergency water.
Emergency Water Articles From Some of the Best Preparedness Blogs
Below you will find a variety of articles covering many aspects of water preparedness. I know there is a lot to read and a lot to digest. That said, these are articles you can come back to over and over again as you build your supplies and acquire water-smart skills.
- Smart Survival: This is How You Find Water When There Is None To Be Found: In this article by Tess Pennington, you will learn about finding water in the wilderness. This could save your life if you are out hiking or stranded in your car and and cannot get home for some reason.
- Unconventional Water Sources to Consider in an Emergency: Of course, being stranded without water isn’t isolated to being lost in the woods. Bernie Carr has some suggestions about finding water if you’re in the city when disaster strikes.
- Collecting Water with Rain Barrels and A Scrubber: This article by Todd Sepulveda teaches you how to make an inexpensive collection system for rainwater.
- Emergency Water Filtration Solutions: LeAnn Edmondson gives the rundown on a wide variety of water filtration systems to help you make the best decision on what type you should have.
- Best Practices for Your Third Most Critical Survival Priority: In this article, Todd Walker outlines the best ways to acquire and purify water in the great outdoors.
- Surviving the Drought: 25 Easy Ways to Conserve Water: From the heart of the California drought, Daisy Luther shares the surprising amount of water used in an average day, and offers simple suggestions to help you conserve.
- Your Guide To Safe Drinking Water Post Disaster: In the aftermath of a disaster, one of the biggest risks is illness from contaminated water. Cat Ellis offers information on prevention and treatment of waterborne illnesses.
- 100-Year-Old Way to Filter Rainwater in a Barrel: Linda Holliday wrote about an extremely low-tech way to filter water collected in a rain barrel, based on an old method found in a tattered book.
Emergency Water Articles on Backdoor Survival
For even more information about water, check out this collection of other articles I have written on the subject of emergency water.
- Survival Basics: 16 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home
- Survival Basics: Hand & Surface Hygiene When There’s No Water to Spare
- Survival Basics: Water and Water Storage
- 16 Tips for Coping Without Running Water
- A Glimpse at Everyday Life Without Running Water
- How to Use Pool Shock to Purify Water
- The Five Myths of Water Storage
Other Free Sources of Information
Many public entities publish up-do-date information on emergency water. Here are a few resources you can count on for good information.
In addition, also check your local city, county, or state websites. They usually have a wealth of emergency preparedness information specific to your geographical area. For example, the advice if you live in the deserts of the Southwest will be very different from the advice if you live someplace lush and green.
FEMA and Red Cross:Food and Water in An Emergency (downloadable PDF)
EPA:Emergency Disinfections of Drinking Water (downloadable PDF)
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Emergency Drinking Water Supplies (downloadable PDF)
The Final Word
Having clean, safe drinking water following a disaster or other emergency should be a priority for all families, whether they label themselves preppers or not. This is important stuff and although I try not to ask too much of my readers, today I am going to make an exception.
Please, do your friends and family a favor by sharing this information with them. Send them an email, post a message on Facebook, or send them a tweet. This information is 100% free and not a bit controversial.
You can survive only three days without water. Survival is a good thing; together let us make that happen.
Want to know more? Check out these related articles:
- Getting and Storing Water
- Water Collection Using a Plastic Shopping Bag
- Prepper Tips | Tricks to Hide Your Water Storage
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on October 22, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.