Monday, September 10, 2012

Preparedness Series Part 3: Stepping Quietly Into Preparedness

National Preparedness Month

Preparedness Series Part 1: Who Thinks We Should Be Prepared?

Preparedness Series Part 2: Is This Biblical?


Over the next few months, the thought of being prepared just kept sifting through my mind. I started our personal family preparedness by answering my very first question, “What would be the most basic thing I could have for my family in the case of an emergency?" The answer?  Water.   

 Six months after reading the Red Dirt Ready site, we moved into preparedness very stealthily. I asked my husband for a BerkeyWater Purifier for Christmas.


  I had researched water purifiers and settled on a Big Berkey. My husband was skeptical as to why not the pair of heeled boots I had earlier been eyeing. I “sold it” to him by explaining that it would save us money, and we could get rid of the Culligan water dispenser we rented monthly. Culligan was costing us somewhere around $40/month plus $5/bottle of which I think we consumed around six a month. It would be a $70 monthly savings. SOLD! 

 I got a Berkey for Christmas. I purchased our Berkey from Pantry Paratus. Chaya is a fellow RWR member, so I wanted to support her. I have been 100% satisfied. You will be hearing from Chaya later this week. 

It was a quiet move forward in preparedness and it felt good. Then as the new year began to move forward, I started noticing that preparedness was increasingly becoming a big deal. I noticed women bloggers having conversations about preparedness, local, state, and federal Government publishing things.  Our local news station even did a series. Preparedness was becoming something of a phenomenon. 
This is what we store:
  • 1 Week water supply in gallon jugs. (1 gallon of water per person per day)
  • Big Berkey Water Purifier. (filters 3 1/2 gallons of water per hour)
  • Gallon glass jars . (Storage for purified water.)
  • 1 set of extra filters for the Berkey
  • 4 cases of bottled water.
  • A few 5 gallon storage buckets. They can be filled quickly.

Personally, I can't imagine ever having to use any of this. I also can't imagine not helping others if the situation would arise.

We also store the following for charity:

Calcium Hydrochloride. No metal.  No clarifier.  No Tri/Try/Dy. No anti fungal. (Do your research)
  • Ziploc baggies.
1 Tbsp of Calcium Hydrochloride in 2 gallons of water= Clorox. This Clorox can be used 1 part to 100 parts water to disinfect for drinking.

Water became the preparedness essential we felt would mark the  starting point in becoming more personally accountable.  I did a bit of research on our state site, among some others, and came up with this Water Plan. We completed the storage incrementally over a few months until we had everything. I hope we never have to use our water supply for an emergency situation, but there is some comfort in knowing we have done something, however small it may seem, to make our family more prepared.  Hope you do the same.

Happy Preparedness:)


  1. I've been enjoying these posts. This is something my mom has been doing for several years now, storing food, and keeping things for emergencies. She's not over the top. And living 50 miles from town, its a good thing to do anyway. I'm trying to do the same, although I feel so overwhelmed. I didn't start as early as she did, and everything is so expensive that its sometimes hard to buy anything extra. But I'm trying, and have a small stash going.

  2. Thanks Jennifer for following along. It's really something I grew up watching my mom do as well. She was not preparing for anything other than raising four kids in the country, but it took a lot of planning and creativity to feed us. I know exactly where your coming from when thinking about tackling a lot of extra stuff on a budget. It’s hard, but just a little at a time. Don’t let it get you frustrated. Do what you can do and the Lord will take care of the rest