(ModernSurvival.org) – Two of the western United States’ most recognizable lakes are at historic lows thanks to extreme drought striking the region. Both the Great Salt Lake and Lake Powell are currently at record-breaking low levels with little hope of recovery any time soon.
Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir in the nation, sits at 33% of its capacity — the lowest it has been since being filled. The Great Salt Lake is also at the lowest point recorded, breaking the previous record set in 1963. With both lakes on the decline, local wildlife is beginning to suffer the consequences.
The water levels in two major water bodies — including a major reservoir — reached historic lows in recent days, drops that have occurred amid extreme drought conditions in the western United States. https://t.co/f7fZo2ZVjL
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 27, 2021
The drought afflicting the western US has been labeled as “exceptional” in many areas, the highest level the US Drought Monitor has. For those who live in these areas, the extreme heat coupled with rapidly shrinking water sources may become a recipe for disaster. So, how can one prepare to outlast a drought?
How to Survive a Drought
Droughts are often overlooked when it comes to natural disasters, as people tend to focus on tornados, hurricanes, and earthquakes. While these other disasters do unleash widespread destruction, in the long run, a severe drought can be every bit as devastating.
In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), droughts are often more costly than other natural disasters. The lack of water, coupled with extreme heat, can cause crops to grow poorly (or fail altogether), wildlife (and livestock) to perish, and even threaten human populations.
Stock Up on Water
To survive a drought, the first step is to stay hydrated. Yes, this may be difficult, considering water is hard to come by during a drought, but when it’s scorching outside a person will become dehydrated in a hurry. Under optimal conditions, a person can only last three days without water, on average.
If a drought is suspected to be setting in, stock up on bottled water, gallon jugs of water, or even 55-gallon drums. Most people need a gallon of water a day, so having a large supply of emergency water on tap could be a lifesaver. Droughts are often unpredictable and will last until rain returns to the area. The more water that’s stashed away, the better a person’s chances of survival will become.
Don’t Waste Water
This may seem obvious, but conserving water is vital to surviving a drought. When a drought gets bad enough, the government can and will begin to shut off water supplies to the public in order to conserve what water is available. Cut back on showers, take shorter showers, and reduce the amount of water usage wherever possible. It’s more important to have water to drink than it is to have a long shower.
For more information on how to prepare for a drought, check out the following video from Rogue Preparedness:
Droughts are incredibly dangerous and often lead to other issues that can be life-threatening, such as wildfires. To see where to go when a wildfire breaks out, take a look at our article here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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