Will you be pouring bottled water down the toilet?

The Bookman By The Bookman, 16th Jan 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2-kvq10k/
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Most of us have never had to really live off the grid. In the US outside of a few who have had regional emergencies, many have never really seen a DARK night.

Will you be pouring bottled water down the toilet?

The scene is this, it is dark, so dark you literally cannot see your hand in front of your face. The power has been out for three days now and the car radio says it may be two weeks before all areas are restored.
What is that smell?
You thought you had taken precautions. What you found out is that the precautions you had taken were more for an overnight backyard kids camp out than what you have and what is coming.

As a small child in Florida in the US I experienced life off the grid for weeks at a time, several times after hurricanes. My Dad, a Master Carpenter and all around resourceful guy, made things livable, but it was no fun.

Many of us in Western Civilization live in rat warrens of people. Apartments, Skyscrapers, Planned Unit Developments, other densely packed abodes.
Those people are going to be in trouble if things come off the rails.
Still, there are things that can be done to keep even the sort of places described above livable in at least the short term.

One of the greatest cons perpetrated by the 'marketing' salesmen of the 20th Century was bottled water.
Municipal water systems in the USA are held to fairly stringent legal standards.
ABC News in 2005 did a series of tests on bottled and tap water in New York City. The samples came back from the lab virtually identical, except of course for the hefty price tag.

When the toilet is full the the water has been off for three days, you don't want to have to pour Perrier down it.

So to prepare for an emergency, circa 1955:
@ WASH with a bleach solution, scrub thoroughly and FILL the bathtub with cold water.
@ Fill every container available with tap water and set in a cool dark place.
@ If you have a washer you can run it to the point that it is full of water then unplug it some models do not self empty.
@ Wash and with a bleach solution clean some transport container for your water
@ INVENTORY your food on hand, if the emergency persists grocery stores, markets, other places may NOT be able to sell food. Even if they can price gouging may be common.
@ The household hot water heater contains several dozen gallons of drinkable water as well.


We as a people have been trained NOT to do for ourselves.
This isn't some sort of survivalist rhetoric it is simple salesmanship.
If a consumer can be coerced into hiring a "professional" to do fairly simple things entire industries of 'professionals' can make decent a living.

Doesn't it seem to you that the more 'experts' there are the worse things seem to get?

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Backup, Drink, Emergancy, Outage, Plan, Power Cut, Preparedness, Storm, Water

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Over 40 years buying, selling, reviewing books. Worked for Newspapers, publishing companies, printing houses.
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author avatar Elaine Chastain
17th Jan 2011 (#)

You make some good points.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jan 2011 (#)

excellent survival tips, you do have some spelling errors that should be fixed, but other wise very informative emergency prep.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2011 (#)

Ditto Mark's comments.

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author avatar Denise O
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

I live n southern Alabama, we have our kits and know what to do. Good thing it has been awhile but, you know as well as I do. We will get some soon. Good info.
This will be my last comment on your articles for a few weeks. I must take a few weeks off to rest my body.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar The Bookman
23rd Jan 2011 (#)

Thanks Denise.
I am in NW Fl. myself, or as some call it, 'Baja Alabama'...

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