Agreed! 🙂 Now I’ll (hopefully) never find out the hard way that I’ve missed something!
Water, water water! I had a “bug out bag” that I developed myself, years ago – but then I found this website and realized how woefully inadequate it was! After doing a risk assessment I decided to begin by preparing my home for “shelter in place.” Since I almost always have a good amount of food on hand, I installed a generator to be able to easily cook it. And now I’ve moved onto water. I’ve picked up a couple of Scepter cans (and will pick up a few more) and picked up a 55 gallon barrel this week that I just disinfected and am getting ready to fill. Once I’ve got enough water stored at home, I’m going to pick up water-related items for my BOB. The “rule of 3” really struck me when I read it – and was shocked to realize what a world of hurt I’d be in if the faucets were inoperable for any reason.
Thanks for the response! I kept searching and ultimately have decided to keep the barrels upright and use a shaker hose – this video is fantastic! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idVghLHVHaM
Loosen the bung to vent, you mean?
I appreciate the links – I have a vague idea of what I need but none of the terminology or knowledge to search for it!
Question: I live alone with two dogs just outside of a large US city. I have about 30 gallons of store bought water for my dogs (stored in the basement where it’s dark and cool ) and 30 gallons in 5 gallon containers for me. I also have family living nearby (including a daughter with young baby), so I could see her coming to stay with me in an emergency situation. For that reason, I’m considering a 55 gallon drum in my basement. When it’s time to replace the water with fresh water I should be fine since I have a drain in my basement floor. My question is about filling! I have a hose that would reach to my basement for filling, but it’s not a potable hose. Will treating the water before sealing the barrel take care of that?
You have canned SHRIMP?????
Did you use mylar bags?
I live close to a major US city – so I’ve thought about this. From the manufacturer: “The generators we offer produce around 66 dB standing at 23 feet – a standard distance for measuring generator sound output – which isn’t particularly high. That noise level compares to around 68 dB for air conditioners 20 feet away and 70 dB for washing machines at a similar distance.”
It’s very interesting to think about all this, while still taking into account our own unique situations. I thought a lot about a portable generator, but as a single female I realized wrestling a heavy generator through the snow, and storing lots of gas in an urban area, was not the best case scenario for me. But I can see the advantages of portable generators, and why you prefer them.
I was thinking about a Mr. Heater yesterday, but then I started wondering if I was going overboard – which led to my post!
Can you talk a bit more about a “battery bank”? I’m a newbie!