52 Weeks To Preparedness – Week 26


Without water, life would cease to exist. Yet today, nearly one billion or more people, approximately 1 in 8, lack access to clean water. More than twice that many don’t have access to a toilet.

Family Gear Box:

Add paper plates, bowls, cups, serving and eating utensils, paper towels, dish soap, water purification methods

Family Preparation:

This is a great time to back up all the important information on your computers. Make copies and keep in a safe, or keep one at an alternate location besides your home, should fire or something happen.

Water Preparation:

Hopefully (wishful thinking), we will never find ourselves in a similar situation to some that are so struggling just to have clean water. I have put together some information on the water crisis that our world has been facing for many years now, and it is only getting worse. I do this in hopes to spur those of us who can prepare, to prepare … so hopefully we will not find ourselves in a water crisis.

First – Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can only live for 3 days.

The daily requirement for sanitation, bathing, and cooking needs, as well as for assuring survival, is about 13.2 gallons per person

More than 3.5 million people die each year from water-related disease; 85% are children ages 0 – 14. 43% of the water related deaths in all ages, are due to diarrhea, which 90% of these are children under 5 years of age, mostly in developing countries. Nearly all deaths, 98%, occur in the developing world. Children in poor environments often carry 1000 parasitic worms in their bodies at any time. 14 million children die as a result of diarrhea each year.

884 million people, lack access to safe water supplies. Approximately one in eight people, as I said earlier. Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours. The water and sanitation crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns.

Lack of sanitation is the world’s biggest cause of infection. At any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by patients suffering from a water related disease.

Millions of women and children spend several hours each day collecting water from distant, often polluted sources. This is time not spent working at an income-generating job, caring for family members, or attending school.

An American / Canadian taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum uses in a whole day.

443 million school days are lost each year due to water related illnesses.

Do you think it is important for you to store water? YOU SHOULD!

Happy and Healthy Prepping


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