SHTF Water


This is a guest post from Dan F. Sullivan…

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One of the most important things about preparedness and survival is, of course, water. According to the
rule of threes, you can live up 3 days without water and that might seem like a lot but consider what
those last two days will be like…

When you’re not properly hydrated, your body is not working at its peak and you really need that in a
survival situation. When everyone around you is screaming, you need your brain in tip top shape to snap
out of the initial shock, to avoid tunnel vision and focus on what’s important: getting to safety.
This article is more of a general review of water for survival and preparedness purposes. I won’t
necessarily go to deep with this but I will go “wide”, hopefully allowing you to uncover some holes in your preps.

Of course, before you actually go ahead and do some of the things I suggest below, you should first
consider having a survival plan that takes into account all the survival basics such as food, medicine, self-
defense, COMSEC and OPSEC.

Needless to say, water has more uses than just hydrating your body, such as:

* cleaning wounds
* cooking
* personal hygiene
* washing clothes
* watering your survival garden
* for your pets and backyard animals

…so make sure you stock up on it as much as you can beforehand. Plus, the moment you hear word of
an emergency and you know you’ll be bugging in, one of the first things you should do is turn on every
faucet and gather as much clean water as you can (in your bathtub, buckets, pots, glasses etc.).

OK, first thing’s first. Let’s start with…

Your Water Stockpile

Your first priority should be having a 72-hour water emergency stockpile, then a 3 week stockpile, a 3
month stockpile and, last but not least, one that will last 1+ years.

For your 3-day stockpile, consider plastic bottles. For your 3+ weeks stockpile, you can start hoarding
water inside 55 gallon BPA-free barrels. For a larger stockpile, you should consider something even
bigger such as a pool or 500 gallon storage tanks.

One of the most important things about stockpiling water is storing it for the long term. Water is good
for an indefinite amount of time as long as you keep it sealed in a cool, dark place.

If you don’t have such a place, you can still store it but you may have to rotate your stockpile more
often. You should do it every 6 months, anyway, to make sure you always have water that’s “fresh”.
Even if it tastes a little stale, you can aerate it before you drink it. just move it from one cup into another
back and forth a few times to allow oxygen to re-enter it.

Consider Alternate Means of Capturing Water

If you have a garden (or even if you live in an apartment), you should consider a rainwater harvesting
system. This will provide you with free water and it’s something you can implement today to save
money. Here’s a quick video explaining the basics of rainwater harvesting:

Also, if you’re thinking of buying land for your bug out retreat, make sure there’s water on it so you can
dig a well. If there’s a river crossing on it, even better, though being really close to a body of water can
pose security risks post-SHTF.

Water Filtration and Purification

In a survival situation, who knows where you’ll end up drinking water from: a lake, a pond or even the
pool at your local gym. I’m not saying this is likely right when chaos breaks loose but what will you do
when your water runs out?

You need ways to purify it and even filter it if it’s really dirty. Consider:

* water purification tablets (these can be part of your everyday carry)
* a LifeStraw water filter (should be in any survival bag)
* using a water filter (either one that you’ve bought or one you’ve made yourself)
* water distillation and desalination techniques

Here’s a quick 2-minute video showing how to turn sea water into drinkable water:

Here’s What NOT to Drink

You should never drink sea water. The high levels of salt will actually dehydrate you, meaning the exact
opposite. For each gallon of sea water you drink you need 2 gallons of fresh water to re-hydrate yourself.

Eating snow is another “no-no” when it comes to drinking water. Snow is solid and your body needs to
warm it inside the stomach first. Not only is this NOT healthy but your body will expend a great deal of
energy for the warm-up process and that’s something you may not have in a survival situation when
every calorie and every bit of strength counts. It’s much better to do it yourself and filter the water
while doing that.

Last but not least, you shouldn’t drink your own urine. Your pee contains waste that your body threw
out initially so, needless to say, putting it back in isn’t a solution. The only way I know of to use your own
urine in a desperate situation is to pee on a bandana and then wear it. The evaporation will help you cool down.

I’d like to thank Dan for contributing this article to the site. You can check out his site over at for some good information on common sense prepping and survival.- Higgy

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