Your Greatest Need: Without water the chances of survival are nil, and all the food in the area means nothing.
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Water should be a core element of your disaster preparedness survival plan; having some water storage, even if it’s only a few days’ worth, could make a big difference in an emergency. Water is relatively cheap, even commercially bottled water, so it’s a good idea to be prepared and have some stored for an emergency event. There are many common disasters that could cause an interruption in your water service, even if you have municipal water fed to your home. Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, snow storms, ice storms, earthquakes, or even a broken water main, can all cause an interruption in you water service.
More seriously, what if there was a long-term interruption caused by a cataclysmic event such as a Carrington sized geomagnetic storm that knocks out the power grid worldwide, or a global pandemic. Then you’d need to start thinking about a sustainable water source and how to purify that water source. There are many methods for purification including regular household bleach, calcium hypochlorite, iodine, boiling, and robust water filters.