THE most important item in your storage. Get some. Today. Or tomorrow. But do get some. We all know by now that if you don’t have water you will die. The end. So this is not the kind of thing you want to put off.
This is what I have at my house, since people ask me that all the time. I have 6 55-gallon water barrels. We don’t have room for these in the garage, so they are stored on the north side of our house where it stays nice and shady. You never want to store water in the bright sun; it will grow all sorts of yucky things if you do. We don’t have to worry about the water freezing here in Texas, but that would be a concern in colder climates. A basement would be nice, but we don’t have those here either. In any case, this is the water we’ll use for washing/bathing if necessary.
We also have a water cooler in our kitchen that holds 5 gallon water jugs. We keep about 12-18 of these jugs in our pantry/garage. These will be for drinking in case of an emergency. We get the jugs from Home Depot that can be returned for refills.
In our garage we have about 10 flats of water bottles (30-40 bottles per flat). I keep on flat in my car, and use the rest up pretty regularly. These are great to have on hand for everyday, plus they are perfect in case of an evacuation situation where you’d have to grab your water and go.
Yes, water storage is very overwhelming. I didn’t go out and get these things all in one day. (It took me about two months just to fill up my water barrels once I got them home!) You have no idea how much peace you’ll feel once you get your water needs taken care of. Like I said before, having water is pretty much the most important storage item.
This week I’m recommending 1/2-1 flat of water bottles per person. Keep in mind that this isn’t like wheat which you’ll probably never use. Water bottles will be needed. And they’re cheap. So get some ASAP.