Ready or Not #66: Water and Generators

I’m going to talk about water.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I think that right now, with the extreme heat that we are experiencing, that it should bring home the importance of water.  We are all feeling pretty comfortable in our lives, well at least I am.  I have refrigeration, cold running water, ceiling fans and air conditioning.  I can get along without the refrigeration, the ceiling fans and the air conditioning.  I don’t want to, but I will not die if I don’t have them.  However, if I don’t have drinkable water, I will die.

A short time ago my mom got sick and she kept throwing up.  For days she was afraid to drink water, or any liquid, because she was so afraid of throwing up and she was so miserable.  About the third day she and my dad got worried and so she finally went to the doctors.  The doctor rushed her over to the hospital and hooked her up to an IV.  She was in the hospital for several days while the doctors tried to re-hydrate her.  They told her that she had just been hours away from kidney failure and death.  My mom was just hours away from death because she had not been drinking water.  The kidneys aren’t like the heart; once they shut down they can’t be restarted.  Fortunately her community wasn’t in an emergency situation and she could get proper medical attention.  During an emergency it won’t be so easy to get proper help and you might not be so lucky.  Get your water stored!

You should store 2 gallons of water per day, per person, for a two-week period and you should store them in different containers so that you can still use the water if you need to leave your dwelling.  Fill a 50-gallon drum, some five-gallon containers and a bunch of two liter bottles.  Please, if you do nothing else this week – please get your water stored!  I BEG YOU.

Now, I said that I could do without refrigeration, ceiling fans and air conditioning, but I don’t want to.  I would have made a lousy pioneer.  Do you have a generator?  If nothing else, it would be a good idea to have a portable generator, with back-up fuel, that can at least keep your refrigerator and freezer going.  Another thing that you might want to consider is installing a permanent generator that is directly wired into your house.

I was watching a show on TV about a family and their everyday life and one of the challenges they had to face was having their power go out on a regular basis.  One time they had the power out for two weeks and were forced to move to a motel.  They weren’t very happy about it.  The first thing that they did when they got back home was to go out and buy a couple of generators.  They had used them several times since then because they were in an area that the power goes out quite often, especially in the winter.

These days they make generators that can be directly wired into your house and will sense when the power goes out and automatically turn on.  This is especially good when you are not home and your fridge and freezer might be at risk.  I especially like the generators that run off of propane because you can store a lot of fuel on site and you don’t have to worry about getting enough gas to run it when the power is out.  Remember that the gas pumps won’t work if they are also affected by the power outage.  Go figure.

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