Dad Scoops Water Out Of The Back Of The Toilet And Strangely It Saves His Entire Family
Marilyn Caylor 8/31/2016
If you knew your family was in danger, you'd do anything to save them - right? Well, natural disasters can strike at any time! Being prepared beforehand may be your best chance for surviving a catastrophe. Emergency preparedness becomes even more critical in cases where floods, tornadoes or earthquakes cut off vital transportation infrastructures. Unfortunately, roads that have washed away or have become blocked with rubble can delay the arrival of much needed help.
When planning a survival strategy for those unexpected disasters, it's important to be aware of the one item that no household should ever be without!
Preparing for those "what if" scenarios may seem a bit daunting, but the easiest and most important item that you can keep on hand is water. Since humans can't live without it for more than a couple of days, it should actually be the number one item on your must-have survival list!
The good news is that learning how to find, stockpile or disinfect water isn't actually all that difficult.
Believe it or not, there are actually quite a few "hidden" water sources in your home. Bear in mind that not all the water you come across will be potable, or safe to drink. However, these water sources are perfectly fine as is:
- Melted ice cubes are safe to drink, which should come as no surprise!
- A hot water heater is not only the perfect storage container, but as long as the water was heated prior to the electricity going out, then it has already been "boiled." If you have a gas tank, you should turn it off and blow out the pilot light. Use the valve at the bottom of the heater to quickly dispense water.
- Even when there's no water pressure in kitchen or bathroom faucets, there's still a little bit of liquid left in there. Turn the knob all the way up, and use a bucket or other container to catch the water as it slowly drips out. If you're in a multi-level home, the water upstairs may drain out through the faucets on the bottom floor, so have those buckets ready ahead of time!
- The liquids found in canned goods such as beans, corn, tuna, etc. are safe to consume.
The following water sources need to be boiled before you can safely drink it.
- A toilet tank (not the bowl) holds at least a gallon of water. While it may not sound very appetizing, boiling it will kill all the baddies. Scoop it out with a cup, and try not to think about where it came from!
- Aquarium water can be potable, as long as it's filtered prior to being boiled. If you have expensive fish or one of them is named Nemo, then you'll probably only want to use the fish tank as a last resort!
If you live in an area that is blessed with an abundance of fresh (not salt) water, then you have a literal life saver right on your doorstep! These bodies of water can include:
- Lakes and ponds
- Rivers, streams and creeks
- Wells and springs
- Melted snow
Filter, then boil or disinfect all of these water sources before drinking it. Also, don't touch water that is found near factory animal farms, as industrial chemicals may have made its way into the water supply.
If you are unable to boil water, you can also disinfect "clear" water by using unscented chlorine bleach. Use 1/8th of a teaspoon per gallon of water. If you have a medicine dropper handy, this is equivalent to 8 drops per gallon or 2 drops per quart.
If the water is a bit muddy, let the sediments settle to the bottom first. Then use a filter to make it as clean as possible. There are actually quite a few household items you an use as impromptu water filters, such as:
- Coffee filters
- Paper towels
- Funnel with cotton balls plugging the small opening at the bottom
These filters don't remove microorganisms, so you'll still need to use the bleach method afterwards. However, if you happen to have a real water filter handy, such as the kind backpackers use in the wilderness, then you can filter out pretty much anything. Just remember that water contaminated with chemicals and toxins are still a no-go!
Instead of struggling to find water when you don't have it, buy it before you need it! When factoring in the amount of water to stockpile for an emergency, you should count the total number of family members living at home.
Per the CDC's emergency preparedness website:
"You need at least 1 gallon of water per person per day for 3 days. A normally active person needs to drink at least one half gallon of water each day. You will also need water to clean yourself and to cook. (This means a family of four needs 12 gallons of water in their emergency supply.)"
Also, don't forget that your furry pet friends need water too! For every 3 days, dogs or cats will need a gallon each.
Watch this video to find out more about emergency water sources in your home!
Everyone knows that the world is a scary place, but sometimes danger can lurk close to home. When it comes to emergency water supplies, if you stash a few gallons or learn how to disinfect the water around you, then you won't be too dehydrated when help arrives.