(ModernSurvival.org) – The western United States is in the grip of an unprecedented drought. Extreme heat, little to no rainfall, and raging wildfires have crippled much of the nation. Congressional leaders are now sending a desperate plea for help to Joe Biden and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Congressional leaders are calling on President Biden to declare a drought disaster in the West as record-shattering temperatures and historic wildfires batter multiple states. https://t.co/fDZ8NBjadz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 26, 2021
Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Joe Neguse (D-CO) have officially requested additional aid from Biden and FEMA. In their letter, the reps claim there is “little to no livestock feed” and that “farmers are considering selling their (animals) or land” due to the horrible conditions.
Earlier this month governors from multiple states sent a letter to President Biden asking him to declare a drought disaster. Doing so, they argue, would open up additional emergency funding to agricultural communities. If farmers don’t receive the help they need, the results could be catastrophic. The impact on food supplies across the nation could cause shortages and drastic increases in the prices of meat and produce.
As if the news wasn’t already full of reasons why people should be focused on preparing for an emergency, the drought is providing another. While food is a major concern, a person can only live for three days without water. In a situation where water isn’t available, as much of the western US is facing, having a stockpile of water stashed away could mean the difference between life and death.
Emergency Water Prepping
Second to air, water is the most important consumable humans need to survive. Water is essential to life, both to sustain a person’s body and to grow food — plants and animals alike. As such, having a reliable water supply is vital to any survivalists’ long-term plans.
Unfortunately — as droughts often prove — rivers, lakes and even wells can run dry, leaving wildlife, livestock, and people desperate for a drink. In this situation, a supply of properly stored emergency water is the only way to keep death from knocking at the door.
In the following video, City Prepping explains why water is so important and how to store it for long periods of time:
Each person in the home needs roughly one gallon of water per day, according to Ready.gov. To prepare for long-term drought, this means the average household is going to need a LOT of water hidden away for a not-so-rainy day. For homesteads with livestock, even more water will need to be kept.
As the video explains, there are a lot of different ways to store large quantities of water, but keeping it in the right conditions is key. Sunlight leads to bacterial growth, so storing the containers in cool, dry locations out of the sun is the best bet.
For long-term storage City Prepping suggests purchasing brand new storage containers. Even with new containers, it’s recommended to sterilize the insides with bleach before adding potable water, just to be safe.
The importance of keeping a stockpile of emergency water cannot be overstated. One drought or even a burst water line can quickly become a desperate situation without it. To see why going without water is a fate best avoided, take a look at our article on the effects of dehydration.
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