Thursday, July 9, 2015

A gentle reminder

The water was off this morning.  Not a pleasant way to start the day.  The town is fixing the fire hydrants along our road and had to turn off the water.  I'm sure people were notified, but we are the last house on the system and not really in the town, so we missed the notification.

Fortunately we had some water stored (a couple of gallons per person) so we could drink, brush teeth, and take care of some basic needs.  We also have a 50 gallon rain barrel that is full from the recient storms so we can get by for a few days.

For me it was a reminder of just how dependent we are on systems we have no control over, and how suddenly those systems can fail.  I'm not a big believer in massive amounts of storage for preparedness.  Except for short, sudden emergency you can store enough of anything to survive for long.  Adopting a way of living that is locally sustainable is more important.  That said, it is also VERY important to have some essentials stored to get you through emergency situations.  Water is one of those essentials, and you should have a few days worth for each person. 

How are you set for water in the short term, and in the long term?
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