Concerning Water, also with some references to Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

JoshuaClayton By JoshuaClayton, 14th Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Water is universal to drink and bathe in, sure. But in an emergency, the rules change, water becomes a "luxury" of sorts. What should be done? This is what this article is about: What should be done without a doubt even in normal circumstances or emergency circumstances. With that said, I begin.

The how of an emergency, meaning how to deal with an emergency before, during and after.

I named this section the "how" of an emergency, because the "why" of an emergency is rather obvious: Emergencies are something we do not expect, and we need to be prepared for them in a "how" way when they strike unexpectedly. How we would respond normally in any situation is not appropriate in an emergency when it unexpectedly strikes. Also, to an extent, we need to depend somewhat on our intuitive feelings before an emergency strikes also, so that we can respond better during the emergency, and the aftermath especially. Empowerment comes from genuine preparedness, and that gut feeling can be an important part of dealing with anything, especially shortages and emergencies. The general reality of an emergency has everything to do with water, food and the necessities of life, because, the more genuinely prepared you are to deal with anything the better. For example, keep at least five or ten extra gallons of fresh water in large bottles, and purely easy to prepare emergency food, such as dry beans, canned goods and the like consistently on hand for starters.

I am not saying be in a constant panic, but be prepared in an intuitive, yet consistently forward seeing way in line with what is needed at all times.

For being prepared in consistent small ways makes you genuinely prepared in large ways when the emergency strikes. Being panicked all the time with total irony, makes you even less prepared than if you take the approach I am talking about, I find. In fact, when I took the Community Emergency Response Training in my neighborhood, it reaffirmed my approach over being consistently fearful and panicked with reason or without reason.

Look, consistent fear without reason or hyper fearfulness does not work. But being reasonably prepared always does. Why do you think the age-old Boy Scout rule of "Be Prepared" always is the best way to be over "fear everything reasonable or not" survivalist thinking does not work. Well, I give this simple advice at this point: Think about it then act on what you rationally think.

Now, concerning water:

Water may be a building block of life, but in an emergency, drinking and bathing is the purest of luxuries that we take too much for granted sometimes in normal life. I am not saying be fearful though, be reasonably grateful and take nothing for granted before the emergency, and you will find that you handle any emergency better in life.

Like I said above, keep five or ten gallons of fresh water in your house in a large five gallon bottle with a carrying handle is what I advise and what I do. Think with a self-made intelligence without taking things for granted and you will be able to handle your normal life as well as your emergency situations better.

Listen, I genuinely believe that wastefulness is a foolish way of life in anything, especially the building blocks of life like food, water and all other necessities. I am not saying "be unreasonably fearful", but I am saying take nothing for granted and live intelligently.


Communities, Emergencies, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Relief, Emergency Tips, Reality, Responses To Emergencies, Water Shortages

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I am a freelance writer based in Inglewood, California, USA. I used to write under a few aliases, but now I have nothing to hide and write mostly under my own name. I write mostly on self-help topics.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
15th Dec 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing your article. I'm a Citizen's Emergency Response Team member. I've taken classes for years and train all the time. We've been called out a few times and the one thing that is the most important is to help your family and neighbors in a real emergency.

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author avatar writestuff
16th Dec 2015 (#)

Interesting and informative article. Thanks for this post.

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