Submitted by Denis Korn
Clean water of course is essential for survival. While it is possible to live for weeks without food, after 3 days survival is at great risk without water. Make absolutely sure you answer the following questions:
- How much water do you have available to you in an emergency?
- Will you have enough to clean foods you have stored?
- Will you have enough to cook foods that require lengthy boiling (beans, grains, pasta)?
- What quantities will you need to reconstitute "no cooking required" freeze-dried and dehydrated foods?
- Will you want to wash pots and utensils?
- Do you know how to obtain, store and/or purify water?
- Will you have enough water for sprouting and/or gardening?
Plan at least 1/2 gallon a day per person to survive. One gallon a day perperson is considered minimum for drinking, basic food preparation, and basic hygiene. Two gallons for basic bathing, laundry, and cleaning.