Wow! 2 posts in one day! *gasp!* Lol! I saw this information on another blog and thought that it was really important to share because water & the storage of it is probably the single most over-looked part of a family's preparedness efforts.
Water storage is one of the most IMPORTANT components of any food storage plan. There also seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding this topic. Here are the essentials of what you need to know:
For disasters lasting up to two weeks you will want to have a good supply of water in your home. You can store water in all different kinds of containers depending on what your space constraints and budget are. View Water Storage Containers - Pros & Cons for a great overview of options.
Alternate Water Sources:
For longer-term emergency situations, it is a good idea to know where and how you will collect additional water for your family. View Alternate Water Sources for some ideas. Depending on where you get your water you will also need to have a Filtration/Purification plan in place.
Water from a natural source may have dangerous foreign elements in it. Filtering with a carbon or micro filtration filter can remove quite a lot of the worrisome (and yucky) items from the water including Crytosporidium and Giardia. Filters will NOT remove viruses from the water though.
In order to ensure your collected water is completely safe, it is important to purify it. You can use a small amount of bleach or simply BOIL the water for inexpensive purification options. Certain products such as the Berkey Water Purifier and the Aqua Pail will both purify AND filter large amounts of collected water in a longer-term emergency.