Accessing Food and Water after Disaster Strikes

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Successfully allocating and rationing both food and water after disaster strikes is very important. The body can’t go long without water, so that is the most essential item for survival. Yet not all water is going to be clean enough to drink. There are some things you can do to have water. This includes:

Store Lots of Bottled Water

Prevention is the best method to ensure you don’t have a shortage of water. Make sure you have lots of it stored up. Water that is in sealed plastic containers are going to be safe until you use them. Water isn’t going to spoil so this is a commodity you can store for a very long time.

If you have to leave your primary shelter, find sources of bottled water along your route. Any time you stay at a new shelter, go through the premises and look for extra sources of water you can take along with you. If you go by stores that are no longer operational, then you can take the water you need. If they are operational, use some of the cash you have to buy water before it is all off the shelves.

Boil Water

If you have to access water from streams, lakes, or other bodies of water, you can boil it. This will help to remove impurities from it. After the water has boiled for a full two minutes, remove it from the heat. Then allow it to cool to room temperature before you drink it.

Water Purification Drops or Tablets

There are drops and tablets that you can have as part of your emergency supplies that will help with purifying water too. You just add a few drops or one of the tablets to a specified amount of water.

Make sure you carefully follow the directions. You don’t want to waste those precious drops or tablets. Yet you don’t want to not use enough and have a false sense of security that the water is safe to drink when it actually isn’t.

Chlorine Bleach

If you don’t have such tablets available or you run out of them, add a small amount of chlorine bleach to the water. Use 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of water if it is clear. If the water is cloudy, add 1⁄4 teaspoon per gallon.

Dig for Water

If you aren’t able to find water on the surface, you may need to dig for it. You can use various tools, rocks, and other items in the wilderness to do so. You may have to dig for a long period of time before you find water.

Trees

In the mornings, trees may collect lots of dew. Of course it will depend on the location and the climate for that particular time of year. While the trees won’t offer you too much water, they are better than nothing when you are in a pinch to prevent the body from becoming dehydrated.

Collect Rain Water

In the rainy season, you can opt to collect rain water in clean containers. This allows you to have some water that you otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Even if you still have some bottled water around your shelter, you should consider this as it will prolong that supply.

Food Supplies

As previously mentioned, you need to have a very good supply of food that you can access when there is a disaster. Remember, it may be at a month or longer before you can leave your shelter so you need plenty of food. Some items to have on hand include:

  • Baking Soda
  • Beans
  • Beef Jerky
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Cooking Oil
  • Dried Milk
  • Dry Potatoes
  • Dry Rice
  • Flour
  • Honey
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pasta
  • Quick Oats
  • Sugar

MRE’s

You are going to have enough on your mind, so you don’t need additional stress due to not being able to plan meals or being hungry. No parent wants to see their child go without food. Since there is no guarantee your food will be safe or that you will have ways to prepare it, you need back up resources.

MRE stands for Meals Ready to Eat, and they are very common in the military branches. There are plenty of different meal options and you just eat them right out of the package. Most of them taste decent and they will provide you with some variety. They can be purchased by the case and they store for a very long time so you don’t have to worry about them being expired should you need them.

7 Day Responder

You can buy this kit that offers a 7 day meal assortment for adults. It offers 3 meals per day for that period of time. It also has snacks that you consume every day. The food items are great in taste and they are also packed with nutrition. When you are facing physical and emotional stress, eating right is very important. These pre-made meals can also be stored for a very long time.

Vegetable Garden

Have seeds ready that you can use to plant for growing some of your own food. You may be able to create a vegetable garden. You don’t need to grow more than enough for your group to live on. Otherwise, it will be rotting as you may not have a way to store such food sources properly.

Take some time to learn about different types of vegetables that grow where you live. You may be surprised at what you can easily plant and grow in a garden. Of course you will need to have soil and you will need to have a decent water supply for the items to grow. You can use collected rain water when possible so that you don’t use your own drinking water supply.

Hunting

Being able to use your weapons for hunting is very important. You can go hunting for many types of living creatures including:

  • Bears
  • Deer
  • Doves
  • Ducks
  • Elk
  • Pheasant
  • Possums
  • Rabbits
  • Squirrels

You can use many different hunting methods in order to get those types of creatures. This can include guns, bow and arrows, traps, and snares. You may need to try a combination of different methods to see what works the best for you.

Setting traps and snares is simple enough and you can leave them while you go search for other sources of food. Then you can go back later and check those sources for additional items that may have been caught.

Food Disposal

If you have to dispose of food items from your home due to loss of power, you have to be careful about how you do it. Allowing the food to rot in the home can create a terrible odor. If you toss the food items into the trash, they can attract large animals and even rodents that are searching for food for their own survival.

The best way to dispose of food that may have been compromised is to dig a large hole at least a foot deep. Place the food in it and replace the dirt. Then cover the top of it with something that animals can’t remove. This will prevent them from digging at the source of where you buried those food items.

If it isn’t possible for you to get outside to bury the spoiled or contaminated food items, place them in an air tight storage container. This will help to reduce the risk of a smell coming from them.

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Edgar Gonzalez is the founder of Hunting Zombies. He's always had a passion for the outdoors and guns. When he's not clued to his computer, he can be found camping, off-roading or hunting. “Being ready isn't enough; you have to be prepared for any significant change.” – Edgar

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