It is always good to be prepared for an emergency. Whether that emergency is the zombie apocalypse, or just nature deciding to destroy some small part of them planet, what you do to be ready for it is critical. In the Pacific Northwest our biggest chance of a disaster is an Earthquake or flooding. This will disrupt power and food distribution for weeks. My biggest advice is to BE PREPARED for anything!
Since storage space is the usual constraint for most people in getting supplies together we will only outline what is needed to last through a two week catastrophe. This will only what is needed if you are staying in your house and do not need shelter. That will be a later post on what you need to pack into a bug out bag when you head to the hills to escape the zombie horde.
There are two important things to have ready for any situation. Food and Water. You can live longer without food then you can without water so make sure you have enough stored or have access to water that you can purify and filter as needed.
Basic Water guidelines from the FEMA website
Having an ample supply of clean water is a top priority in an emergency. A normally active person needs to drink at least two quarts (half gallon) of water each day. People in hot environments, children, nursing mothers, and ill people will require even more. You will also need water for food preparation and hygiene. Store at least one gallon per person, per day. Consider storing at least a two-week supply of water for each member of your family. If you are unable to store this quantity, store as much as you can. If supplies run low, never ration water. Drink the amount you need today, and try to find more for tomorrow. You can minimize the amount of water your body needs by reducing activity and staying cool. To prepare the safest and most reliable emergency supply of water, it is recommended that you purchase commercially bottled water. Keep bottled water in its original container, and do not open it until you need to use it. Store bottled water in the original sealed container, and observe the expiration or “use by” date.
The total amount of water needed for long term takes up a huge amount of your storage space so always makes sure that you have a backup way to get and purify water. For a family of four this comes up to 56 gallons of water needed. There are several hiking filters that are great to be used in an emergency. Most of these filters are designed to take out toxic metals and harmful bacteria. If you do not have anything to filter it out use chlorine drops or you can boil the water. This will at least kill anything in it even if it is still all murky and smells bad. An old shirt or towel can be used before you boil the water to filter any bits in pieces of stuff that might be floating in it. Never drink untreated water. This can make you sick and possibly cause death from microbes.
To be continued in part 2 food storage