Whether it’s an industrial accident that releases toxic chemicals into the water supply as happened in West Virginia in recent memory, or a Katrina or Hurricane Sandy type event, or the jolt of an earthquake in California, people very often find themselves without electricity, running water, natural gas, and many other supplies and services for a period of time. It isn’t the End Of The World, but it is unpleasant and costly.
Preparing for a Chernobyl or Fukushima style event is rough and probably not worth the effort. How many of us are really willing to live hunkered down in a bunker waiting for the Zombie Apocalypse to pass? On the other hand it’s relatively cheap and easy to make preparations for a temporary disruption of everyday life for the days, weeks, or months it takes for things to get back to normal after a crisis.
Here’s what I do in my own home to prepare for whatever unpleasantness may come along. Keep in mind I live in a 700 square foot one bedroom apartment in the city and have no yard other than a small back patio that I share with four other households. And I’m not a particularly wealthy person.
1) I store as much water as possible outside the building in our little back patio. I also have a highly effective Big Berkey water filter that requires no electricity or chemicals. I also have a LifeStraw as a super emergency back up if all else fails and we need to hit the road and drink from questionable water sources.