A Not-So-Gentle Reminder from Japan
As a school teacher on spring break, I had prepared a list of ‘Prepping-Related’ tasks to get done this week. The items on the list took on a good measure more urgency as the news stories of the horrific tragedy that is gripping the people of Japan continue to shock and appall us.
Before I continue, allow me to ask my readers to keep those poor, unfortunate people in your prayers.
But if their misfortune can serve as a lesson to us, it should be this: Disasters, natural or otherwise, CAN happen to you and your loved ones and it is your duty/obligation to be as prepared as you can be for a wide variety of contingencies. Towards that end, I spent a few hours emptying and refilling one of my 55 gallon drinking water barrels.
8 drops of unscented bleach per gallon (440 drops total) after I emptied, then refilled the barrel, and it should be goo for another 12-18 months. In an emergency, drinking water is like gold. A lack of electricity or damage by a hurricane’s winds can, and has in the past here in Miami, caused a interruption in running water – leading to lining up at a government truck for a handout gallon or two. A supply of drinking water and a good water filter are disaster essentials.
Be Safe. Be Prepared.
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