What will you do if (safe) water stops flowing from the faucets?
This is my worst prepping hole-- worse than the lack of trees and vegetation. There is no surface water in this region (except immediately after a rain). There is no way to store enough to survive long-term. It sometimes goes 6 months without a real rainfall here-- as is currently the case. So in a long-term grid-down situation, I may be doomed unless I move away beforehand.
If you live in a normal place, you'll have creeks, streams, springs, rivers, ponds, lakes, or the ocean. And rain, fog, or snow. You can use the water from all these sources, with fog being the hardest to collect (think sponging off water-beaded surfaces) and the ocean taking the most effort to make the water drinkable because of the salt in it.
Get water filtration supplies, learn to filter water long-term in case the grid never comes back (an unlikely possibility), learn to sterilize water chemically or through UV light or boiling. Regular chlorine bleach will work, but you can't store it more than a few months without it turning into salt water. Get some chlorine pool treatment powder to store long-term, instead, and make sure to keep it dry.
And find the local sources for water.
If you live near the ocean, learn now before it's a matter of life or death, how to distill drinkable water from seawater. It's not complicated in concept, but can be a pain in practice to get enough water for an individual, and worse for a family. But it is possible, so learn to do it.
And, no matter what else you do, store water. You can't have enough.
I use bottles of various kinds to store drinking water. Much is hidden around my house and in the cellar. I also have some 8-gallon jugs in the cellar, and some large laundry detergent jugs for non-potable water. These can be used for washing or other things you need water for, including flushing the toilet occasionally in a temporary water stoppage.
Remember to fill bathtubs for use as soon as TSHTF just in case the water stops. You can get a large plastic bladder that fits in your tub so you can seal the water off from contamination, and they aren't terribly expensive-- around $25 currently, if I remember correctly.
If you can get large outdoor tanks to fill with water, that's even better. Make sure you can secure them from vandals or thieves if water becomes valuable. If you have a swimming pool, don't forget that option.
I keep a little water in my bug-out bags, along with some personal water filters. It's never going to be enough, but it's better than nothing.
Nothing beats having a natural, dependable water source close by. If you have one, protect it with your life; it may one day save yours.
Do you have any other water tips or suggestions?
If you focus only on guns and ammo, you are not prepared. If you focus only on stockpiling food, you are not prepared. If your focus is too narrow on anything, you are not prepared.
Prepping means you are trying to be ready for whatever comes. You don't know if it will be a xombie apocalypse or just a supply chain collapse. You have to be ready for either one-- and both at the same time. You have to be ready for a failure of anything you need for survival, without regard to "why"-- just that it is happening.
You can't foresee everything that might cause there to be no food available to buy, but you can do things to make sure you'll be OK. You can't predict what might cause hordes of predatory creatures to swarm your property, but you can be ready to defend against them, whoever and whyever they are there. You can't know for sure why there's no electricity in the grid, but you can make sure it's not a problem for you.
Prepping is the responsible thing to do. If you are prepared you ...
You don't have to outrun the bear; you only have to outrun your hiking companion.
Yeah, that's a cynical way to look at it, but there's truth in it.
With prepping (in the event of TEOTWAWKI), you may not have to survive on your preps until you are 90 years old, just outlast those who didn't prep. Once they die off, survival may get easier.
I know-- it would be great if you were able to keep everyone alive into the distant future. But that's just not going to be possible, is it?
Once the marauders and beggars have Darwinized themselves out of the population, it will be easier to grow your own food. You'll only have to worry about deer and raccoons, not Naked Apes (which is a really good book by Desmond Morris, by the way).
So, while it would be nice to have preps to last until you die of old age, and be self-sufficiently growing your own food, making your own soap and cloth (or buckskin), realistically, at least have enough to outlast those who would be the biggest threat to your ...
I've been doing something non-prepping this past week. Maybe even anti-prepping, as in it may be a step backward.
I rescued a kitten who found me along my morning walk. He was about 5 weeks old, sick and starving, and was barely able to come toward me. I couldn't ignore his cries for help.
So I've been spending money I don't have to spare-- and just about all my spare time and energy-- bringing him back.
And it's working.
He's still got a respiratory infection and eye infections, but I've got him on antibiotics and he's improving. He's eating and playing really well. No longer is he skin and bones; I can pet him without feeling every vertebra and rib.
Sometimes you've got to do the right thing even if it's not smart.
If anyone wants to chip in for kitten medicines and food, you can find ways on the side bar of my main blog: https://blog.kentforliberty.com/2021/08/kitten-update-2.html