Posted on: 24 July 2020Share
If you're concerned that food or water shortages might occur in the future, here are some actions you could take to ensure you're prepared for these possibilities.
Invest in a big long-term water storage container
Having a large supply of clean, drinkable water is important as, in the event of an emergency or a water shortage, it could save your life. However, people who want to stock up this supply will often just buy a few hundred bottles of water from the grocery store. This is not the best thing to do if you may need to store the water for a long time, as the plastic that is used in the manufacturing of standard bottled water is not made to last forever. The bottles will get weaker over time, especially if stored in warm conditions. This degradation could make the bottles more likely to leak if they get knocked over and might result in the chemicals in the plastic leaching into the water and making it less safe to drink.
As such, instead of doing this, you should buy a big container that has been designed for long-term water storage. A long term water storage container like this will be tougher than a plastic water bottle and will not leak or warp if left in a warm spot, nor will it leach chemicals into the water. You should be able to order this type of container from any food supplier who specializes in selling long-life goods. Purchasing this item will mean that if the day comes when you need to start relying on your own supplies, you won't have to drink tainted water.
Take care of the room in which you store the water container and long-life food you order
In addition to getting a long-term water storage container, you will also need to build up a supply of long-life food (including canned fruit, meat, vegetables and readymade meals, as well as dried goods like legumes and grains) to ensure you will survive should a serious food shortage occur.
When you have placed these orders, it is vital to start taking excellent care of the room where you'll be storing the filled water container and your food. The only way that the items your food supplier sends you will be of use to you in an emergency is if the condition of this room does not lead to the spoiling of these goods.
For example, make sure there are no holes in the floors, doors, or walls that rodents could squeeze through, as they will eviscerate any rice, flour and other dried goods in this area. Likewise, check that there is no mold whatsoever in this room, as mold spores could make all of the food and water in this space unsafe to consume. Additionally, if you're keeping your supplies in garage or cellar where there are uncovered water pipes, you should regularly check these pipes to ensure they're not leaking.